Experience Days

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 45 years at the award-winning centre and he will personally guide you through your experience.

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The Championship Experience

The Championship Experience costing just £150 for a full day will consist of the following activities:-

  • Chat with Alistair over tea & biscuits on arrival
  • Personal tour with Alistair around the stables and our 50 acre farm to meet our 20+ Shire horses up close.
  • An introduction to studwork, showing and the history of Shires.
  • Hands on experience with various aspects of studwork
  • Hands on experience plaiting and preparing a Shire horse for a show
  • Lunch in our Lakeside Cafe
  • How to become a Champion Shire Horse showman and breeder
  • A souvenir gift pack including a Certificate and a Champion rosette
  • Admission to the Centre for the rest of the day
  • Fantastic memories of a unique experience!
  • 10% discount if two or more Championship experiences are booked together.
  • £20.00 for the participants partner to join as an observer

Red Rosette Experience

The Red Rosette Experience costing just £95 for a half day will consist of the following activities:-

  • Chat with Alistair over tea & biscuits on arrival
  • Personal tour with Alistair around the stables and our 50 acre farm to meet our 20+ Shire horses up close.
  • An introduction to studwork, showing and the history of Shires.
  • Hands on experience plaiting and preparing a Shire horse for a show OR
    Hands on experience with various aspects of studwork (depending on season)
  • A souvenir gift pack including a Certificate and a Champion rosette
  • Admission to the Centre for the rest of the day
  • Fantastic memories of a unique experience!
  • 10% discount if two or more Red Rosette experiences are booked together.
  • £12.50 for the participants partner to join as an observer

Blue Rosette Experience

The Blue Rosette Experience costing just £50 will consist of the following activities:-

  • Chat with Alistair over tea & biscuits on arrival
  • Personal tour with Alistair around the stables and our 50 acre farm to meet our 20+ Shire horses up close.
  • An introduction to studwork, showing and the history of Shires.
  • A souvenir gift pack including a Certificate and a Champion rosette
  • Admission to the Centre for the rest of the day.
  • Fantastic memories of a unique experience!
  • 10% discount if two or more Blue Rosette experiences are booked together.

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