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Experience Days at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

As featured on BBC 1!

Experience Day vouchers make a great gift for someone special in your life.

or telephone us on 01829 760506 between 8am and 3.00pm to place your order and we will post it the same day   
Have a fantastic experience of what life is really like on a modern day Shire horse stud farm.

Enjoy a wonderful day getting up close and personal with some of the biggest horses in the world! Be prepared for all weathers and to get your hands dirty.

Our aim is to give people the chance to get a taste for what life is like looking after and preparing some of our amazing Shire horses for the show ring.

Your day can include everything from mucking out the stables and feeding the horses, to preparing for the show ring by washing the feathers and plaiting the mane.

Plus, you will be able to learn all about the history of these native horses, from their carrying of Knights into battle during the Middle Ages, to their near extinction in the 1950's with the introduction of the motor vehicle.

Various aspects of studwork will be explored, depending on season, such as Stallion work, breedlines, scanning and foaling. You can also learn about the ideal confirmation of a Shire horse and what the show ring judge is looking for.

Alistair King, owner of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud has been breeding prize-winning Shire's for over 40 years at the award-winning centre and he will personally guide you through your experience.
Alistair King

We offer three Shire Horse Experiences as follows:-

We can also provide Corporate/Training Days ...

  • A great team building experience can be planned to suit your requirements. Please contact us to find out more.
  • People preparing to apply for the Shire Horse Society judging panel will find this experience invaluable.

Need to know...

  • On arrival at 10.00am you will be greeted at the centre's Lakeside Café for tea and biscuits and Alistair will discuss what you will be doing for the rest of the experience.
  • Championship experience 10am - 4pm
  • Red rosette experiences 10am – 1.30pm or 1pm – 4.30pm
  • Blue rosette experiences 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm
  • Minimum age - 16 due to health and safety, and insurance reasons
  • Fitness/Health - Participants should be in reasonable health and agile enough to lift and carry.
  • Dress code - comfortable hard wearing outdoor clothing suitable for the time of year. Waterproofs if necessary.
    Wear sensible sturdy boots. We have wellies for loan.
  • Available all year around on a pre booked basis, except for Sundays, bank holidays and show days (which vary)

Please note that details for the day will vary depending on the weather and the stud farms needs.

Gift Vouchers

A Shire Horse Experience is an ideal gift for that person in your life who enjoys something different. Gift vouchers can be personalised and are valid for 6 months from purchase.


Here's what people say...

Had a fantastic experience day for my dads birthday, staff were very friendly and welcoming,we were looked after from the moment we walked in. Alistair is so passionate about his horses, they're all beautiful and so gentle. The experience exceeded my expectations. 
Jane Burgess

The best birthday present I have ever had!
Wyn Sheryn

Thanks for a brilliant day. All the attention and information was very much appreciated. The whole day was fantastic and brought back some long forgotten idyllic days on the farm. Thanks once again.
Richard Grindon

Just wanted to say a big thank you for  wonderful day last Monday.You were both so welcoming & kind and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Alistair. It is obvious he loves his horses and it was fascinating hearing all about them & his life.

All of the horses were lovely and needless to say I absolutely adored the foal. I will be watching out for news of my little Skye on your website. Having been the first to help plait her tail I will always have a soft spot for her now. She was just so well behaved, a real darling. Once again, thank you for a fantastic day and I do hope I will get the chance to visit you again in the future. 

Andrea Hegerty


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