Suffolk Horse Society



The range of memberships is growing all the time and I wanted to tell you about one which is very close to my heart:  The Suffolk Horse Society.

Suffolk Horse Ancestry

The Suffolk horse is, according to the Suffolk Horse Society, the oldest breed of heavy horse in Britain to exist in its current state.

Amazingly, the Suffolk horse dates at least into the sixteenth century – but the horses alive today can trace their male lines back to a horse called Crisp’s Horse of Uffort – foaled in 1768!


The Suffolk Horse Society was founded just over 100 years later in 1877.  Today, these wonderful horses are registered as Critically Endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  They are more endangered than the Giant Panda because under 500 pure bred Suffolk horses are now registered in the UK.

The Suffolk Horse Society raises funds to pay for breeding grants, showing grants – and for research into breeding techniques to stop the breed from dying out altogether.

The Suffolk Horse was bred to work in East Anglia and today the horse is used for agriculture, ploughing and hauling timber.   The Suffolk is also shown-in-hand and they are driven in parades and promotions and competitions.  They are being ridden in gymkhanas and agility as well!

How memberships help

Give someone a member to the Suffolk Horse Society and you can help keep this breed going!  Memberships (and I quote)

• Pays Breeding Grants to Mare & Stallion Owners.

• Pays Travel Grants to owners to help promote the horse, enabling more people to see these wonderful animals.

• Organises Training days for Members and new owners to help pass on the skills required to manage and work these horses.

• Maintains a bank of frozen semen for future use by breeders worldwide.

• Funds veterinary and scientific work to assist in the breeding of Suffolk Horses. 

You can also help by spreading the word.

Membership Benefits

You can join as a Friend or a Member.   You'll receive a welcome pack on first signing-up and twice a year receive The Suffolk Horse Magazine  which has keeps you updated about events, shows and social functions.  If you're a full member, you'll also have an enamel badge, £10 off entry to the Suffolk Horse Spectacular, discounted entry to other SHS events and affiliated attractions, and voting rights at the AGM.

There are different types of memberships - and they've got memberships for young people who love horses too!  Junior and teen members receive an activity pack full of Suffolk Horse goodies as well as the twice yearly Junior SHS Magazine.

Join the Suffolk Horse Society and help preserve this endangered Horse
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Visit the Suffolk Horse Society's website here

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