The regional association (South West) club of the UK wide Sport horse Breeding of Great Britain (which itself has charitable status and was founded in 1886 as H.I.S.; Patron Her Majesty The Queen) is often referred to by acronym as SHB (GB). Hence the name of our club/branch SHB (GB) South West which is the brainchild of Charles Upham.
Its purpose is to promote and celebrate the breeding and competing of horses in the South West of the UK. Particularly counties Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and Dorset. Established in February 2019, the inaugural show and training clinic formally launches the regional club on Saturday 27th April 2019 at Bicton Arena.
The committee of SHB (GB) South West themselves are enthusiastic owners, exhibitors and breeders of show horses and enjoy some success doing so. They are a friendly, approachable team and eager to promote enjoyment of horses with members and non-members alike.
More about Founder Charles Upham
Devonian Charles realised the wider world needs to know more about the wealth of horses bred and produced in the South West of Great Britain.
He launched the regional organisation in early 2019 and the inaugural show and clinic took place on Saturday 27th April 2019 at Bicton Arena.
Whilst he is a stud owner and breeder, he hunts, even some of his stallions follow, and he has horses eventing with various riders and producers, as well as being renowned in the showing world himself presenting and competing successful young stock at county level.
So, together with show horse owner, breeder, previous council member of the SHB (GB), international judge and competitor Laura Hamilton who hails from Cornwall and resides in Gloucestershire, also Somerset resident and competition horse owner, small time breeder, rider, judge and passionate showing enthusiast Yvette James, as a team they’ve set about promoting the joy of breeding and showing in the South West.
The South West covers – Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and participants and spectators from further afield are very welcome at shows and clinics.
“Some of the Best competition horses are bred and produced in the South West. We have started the regional branch of SHB (GB) to encourage and promote the abundance of equine talent in the South West and to embrace the enthusiasm of both amateur and professionals alike,”