The American Shire Horse Association

“One of the largest horses in the world, the Shire originated in the ‘Shires’ of England and is a descendant of the Old English Black Horse whose ancestors were the ‘great horses’ of medieval times.

It stands up to 19 hands, and may be bay, brown, black or grey in colour. An immensely strong, big-barreled horse, with long legs carrying much feather, it nevertheless has a fine head in comparison to its overall size. Despite its great size and strength (an average Shire will weigh 1 tonne and is capable of moving a 5-tonne load) it is the gentlest of beasts and is a good worker in agriculture and as an urban draught horse.” Source: American Shire Horse Assn website

The American Shire Horse Association here