In 1878 in Norfolk a meeting was held in Downham Market where it was resolved by the horse breeders present to establish a register for English Trotting horses. Henry F. Euren the editor of the Norwich Mercury undertook the task and 'm 1883 the Hackney Stud Book Society was formed and the first stud book Volume 1 produced a little while later. The current Stud Book Volume is No. 54 published in 2000, over one hundred years of Hackney history he 'm those volumes.
Possibly the greatest evolution of the Hackney has taken place in the 20th century. At the beginning of the 1900's large numbers of Hackneys were still being exported all over the world to places as far flung as America Australia, and South Africa and Argentina as well as the continent. Hackney classes at the large horse shows were extremely popular and Hackneys were also playing their part in the First World War as cavalry mounts and artillery horses. The time between the war years saw a large growth in the professionally trained show Hackney as opposed to the privately produced animal but with the advent of the Second World War things began to look very precarious for Hackneys.
The motor car was obviously here to stay and with all available land being used for the war effort, Hackney breeding was deemed non-essential. Fortunately they survived this period thanks to the dogged determination of a few breeders and maybe thanks to the petrol rationing which left the horse as an economical form of transport. After the war the emphasis on breeding shifted to producing the show animal, we know today. This spectacular show harness animal, with his presence, athleticism, elegance, stamina and soundness is a product of many centuries of careful breeding. Their value as a cross to produce show jumpers and today's sports horse is very well recognised, and they continue to have remarkable success in all forms of driving competitions