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When working horses were the primary source of power for transport and agriculture, those involved in the production of horses for work began to take an interest in improving the quality of their animals, enhancing those aspects which were of most benefit to those using the horses. One key area in which improvement could be made was in the use of stallions that were particularly good examples of the type of horse breeders were attempting to produce. Owners of mares began to club together to hire the services of these stallions, leading to the creation of Hiring Societies.

The Wessex Heavy Horse Society began as a Shire Horse Hiring Society. Over time, the Society began to expand into other concerns, with an Annual Show that took place at Shaftesbury Livestock market for many years. By 2004 the mainstream use of the heavy horse had dwindled dramatically and the interests of the Society's members had expanded considerably to include breeders and owners of many different Heavy Horse breeds as well as non-owners. The name was therefore changed to reflect this change of focus. The Annual Show was moved to the Gillingham and Shaftesbury (Turnpike) Showground, which provided considerably more space and parking. The Society also introduced two new public events- a Spring Working, and an autumn Ploughing Match.

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