Cleveland Bay Horse Society

At most major agricultural shows in the country - at venues as far apart as North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to Dorset and Somerset - including the Great Yorkshire Show, there are rosettes and sashes for the best turned out Cleveland Bay, plus cash prizes.

The society is also able to draw on Shaw and Co’s wealth of expertise in the complex and highly technical field of equine law for help and advice.

Barbara Martindale, who chairs the society’s breed committee, said: “Quite simply, without people prepared to give their time, money and encouragement, organisations like ours could not survive.

“It’s far from the case that owning a horse is a rich person’s game - but it can be expensive, and it’s a good help for any owner if they attend a show and get the Shaw prize.

“It encourages people to bring their horses to shows. It’s a very, very expensive business and everything helps towards the costs. “

She added: “It also rewards their diligence and hard work and it makes such a difference -  all the horses look much better in the show ring because the owners are competing for the Shaw prize. Everyone is keen to win it.”

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust lists the Cleveland Bay - which takes its name from its colour and its links with an area of North Yorkshire - believes there are less than 300 breeding females in the world, and barely three dozen foals are born annually. By comparison, the giant panda, the rarest of bears, has a worldwide population of about 1,600.

Historically, they were used as far back as the Middle Ages as general purpose horses, and their innate strength made them the natural choice to haul heavy vehicles when coaches were developed as a form of transport during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1.

The advent of the railway and other forms of modern transport pushed the breed to the verge of extinction - made worse by the First World War, when many Cleveland Bays were used to draw heavy artillery, and were consequently killed in the carnage.

The modern renaissance of the breed is largely due to a breeding trend encouraged in the 1960s by the Queen, who is patron of the CBHS. Now - with support from companies like Shaw and Co Solicitors UK - the future is promising for the Cleveland Bay.

  • For information on the Cleveland Bay and the work of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society, go to www.clevelandbay.com
easy ways to
get in touch!

1. Call us FREE on 0800 389 1590

2. Fill out the form

Send your details

Thank you!

Your message has been sent. One of our team will be in touch shortly.


Cleveland Bay Horse Society is sponsored by Shaw and Co Solicitors UK.

It is one of the oldest horse breeds in England, served the nation as one of the original real life War Horses, and is officially rarer than the giant panda.

So any support which helps owners save the critically-endangered Cleveland Bay from extinction is welcomed by enthusiasts.

Shaw and Co Solicitors UK recognises the animal’s place in history and its importance to the future of of Britain’s equine diversity.

That is why it promotes the work of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society UK by sponsoring prizes at dozens of shows throughout the summer and into the autumn.




CBHS gallery

A selection of photographs from previous events and shows the Cleveland Bay Horse Society has hosted.

View more images


The latest news and events

Keep up-to-date with The Cleveland Bay Horse Society, and find out how you can get involved in supporting the charity.

View the events

Find out more

Contact CBHS

twitter facebook