Safeguarding the future

of our Heavy Working Horse breeds
A registered charity dedicated to helping promote and protect heavy working horse breeds

The only charity of its kind in this country, the Trust is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by its own efforts. Despite attempts by the heavy horse community to persuade Government to form National Studs for its rare breeds of equines, as they do on the continent, there is no official funding for the protection of the Shire, Suffolk or Clydesdale. It is left to the breed societies and private owners and breeders to try and halt the decline of the heavy breeds and stave off their eventual demise.



It is with regret that the Trustees have to announce that The Working Horse Trust is to be wound up after nearly forty years.

Having lost our home at Eridge and having failed to find a suitable new one, despite our very best efforts and lots of help from very many kind people, we are no longer able to fulfil our charitable objectives in any meaningful way. These last couple of years have not helped either!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the Trust over very many years and enabled us to make a positive contribution to the future of our beloved heavy horse breeds. We are proud of what we have accomplished and immensely grateful to countless volunteers, members, donors, friends and well- wishers for giving us the opportunity to breed, train and work some wonderful horses and to showcase these magnificent animals that we are so perilously close to losing.

We are sad beyond words that our work has come to an end but wish our friends and colleagues in the Heavy Horse Community the very best of luck in their efforts to preserve the working, heavy horses that we so admire and cherish.

With Thanks and Happy Memories

Jo Ambrose, Claire Branscombe, Tony Ryan

Enquiries to:

Or write to: 39 Berrylands Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT5 8PA

All correspondence should be sent to the Trust’s Registered Office:

The Working Horse Trust
39 Berrylands Road,
Surbiton, Surrey. KT5 8PA