Shire Horse Breeders Australia dedicated to promoting the Shire Horse in Australia
2024-2025 SHBA Executive

Meet our Committee members who are happy to help with your queries

Tony May


Tony and his wife Kay have run a horse drawn carriage hire business since 1995 .

They established Grevillea Lodge Heavy Horse Stud in 2005 to produce quality working horses with focus on producing sound horses with the versatility and temperament to suit most disciplines.

Tony lives in NSW and can be contacted via

Matthew Arthur-Ellis

(Vice President)


Matthew lives in NSW and can be contacted via

Peter McKeon


Peter is a retired Chartered Accountant who began breeding Shire horses in 1998 after a visit to the Shire Horse Society Spring Show at Peterborough. Throughout the years his “SOUTHERN CROSS” prefix has had many champions throughout Australia.

Peter’s interest has always been related to modern breeding technologies and he has been responsible for importing frozen semen from various stallions in the United Kingdom and United States of America. Southern Cross’ breeding results with frozen semen were first class and in the last few years they have been experimenting with embryo transfer from pedigree mares into recipient mares. This work with highly experienced Veterinarians & Technicians will be of great benefit to the Shire breed in the future.

He is currently Treasurer of Shire Horse Breeders Australia and enjoys helping the Committee on a range of activities with a special interest in our National Shire Show which is conducted under the banner “Australian Heavy Horse Spectacular”.

Peter lives in VIC and can be contacted via

Amanda Blakeley


I have been involved with horses and ponies for 45 years but have only in the last 10 years been involved with Shires when Southern Cross Nickolas joined our family.

My main passion is harness, though I did start as a rider and still do ride a Shire or two, I love driving Shires with Southern Cross Hamish as my main driven Shire Horse.

I am a light and heavy harness judge.

I enjoy promoting the Shire Breed when we are out and about with our horses.

Amanda can be contacted via

2023-2024 Committee Members

Dr. Jutta Irvine


Jutta can be contacted via

Louisa Chapman


Daryn Post


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