The Cotswold Cart Horse Society was originally formed in 1996, in order to promote the use of horses for work. The title was chosen for the society so that it incorporated all shapes and sizes of horses that have played a part in the workplace in the past, from the mighty Shire to the diminutive but mischievous Shetland.
The society is loosely centred in Gloucestershire, but with many members in the surrounding areas and further afield. The CCHS is able to offer a practical service to the members who own horses and provide a source of enjoyment and recreation to those who don’t and are simply interested in the working horse.
Our aim is to educate people with the basics of working horses and we run regular events, where our members can congregate to gain valuable hands-on experience.
The mains aims of the Society are:
Please visit our Mobile Exhibition Unit at the Working Horse area to learn more about us.
Normally, about now, we would expect a dedicated team of keen volunteers to be working hard at getting one of the biggest shows of its kind up and running.
Over 120 ploughing plots all carefully measured and numbered. The marquee with its four huge sections for home crafts, members, rural crafts and beer tent.
The car parks, all carefully plotted out and ring fenced. Over 600 meters of trade stands all carefully allocated to the agricultural dealers, rural crafts and a myriad of other stands. the 80m x 80m main arena.
Bales, trailers, a hundred signs, bins, PA system, secretaries tent, road signs, a huge working area full of steam and bygones….. The list is endless.
But instead we are at home. Doing our bit to stay safe in these difficult times.
A huge hole in our calender that is missed by many thousands of you A covid casualty.
When we took the decision to cancel the match it was a difficult one. Who knew back in June whether we would be out of this mess and ready to get on with our lives?
The decision was made correctly. Clearly there is no way the show could have been staged this year.
But… we’ll be back next year. The spectacle that is the FFF&B ploughing match and Country Show is not dead… just resting!