The Rocking Horse Shop

Designers, Makers & Restorers of Beautiful Rocking Horses Since 1976

Guild of Rocking Horse Makers

What is the Guild?

The purpose of the Guild is to promote and encourage the traditional craft of Rocking Horse making and restoring.

If you have made a rocking horse you can join this exclusive association of makers, dedicated to keeping alive the great tradition of the craft, sharing ideas and exploring new developments.


The purpose of The Guild of Rocking Horse Makers is to promote and encourage the traditional Craft of Making and Restoring Rocking Horses.

Your Invitation to join & become a Member of the Guild.

Any person who has made or fully restored a Rocking Horse can apply to become a member of the Guild.

Criteria for Membership.

To be accepted as a Member of the Guild, you must have made or restored a Rocking Horse - it's that simple. The Rocking Horse doesn't have to be big or elaborate or even original, but it does have to have been made / restored substantially, by the person for whom Membership is sought. Applications are accepted from makers and restorers (or on behalf of), amateur or professional.

Purchased components, accessories and fittings may be used, but the majority of work must have been completed by the maker / restorer. The principal material used will be wood, though horses made from other materials will be accepted, provided the making / restoring involved a high level of input from the applicant personally.

Members are invited to send in photographs, letters, anecdotes and any information that may be of interest to the Guild, especially from Members about the making of their own rocking horses. These may be shared on our social media pages.

Commercial Agreements

In order to sell any items from The Rocking Horse Shop, you must also apply for a Commercial Agreement. Joining the Guild does not automatically qualify you for this benefit. Contact us for more information.

What about Joint Memberships?

Two people (e.g. a married couple or partners) can apply for Guild Membership on a single application. We would expect this would normally be when each person has made a significant contribution to the making of the rocking horse(s). Only one membership number, one Certificate of Membership will be awarded. Both names will appear on the Certificate and on the Roll of Membership, and there is no additional subscription cost for Joint Memberships. However, offers for Guild Members may be restricted, at The Guild's discretion, to 'one per member' and the first named person on The Roll of Membership shall be deemed to be the 'principal member' to whom offers are made available. 

What are Honorary Memberships?

A few Rocking Horse makers (a very few!) who have been professional makers for many years and/or who have made a significant contribution to the craft, have been offered an 'Honorary Membership'. (For example Clive Green, who has been a maker and restorer for many years, is author of Restoring Rocking Horses, and is a past Chairman of The British Toymakers Guild, accepted our offer of Honorary Membership, and is Guild Member No l.)

Use of the Guild Logo.

The Guild logo is a unique design which Guild Members have permission to use, for example on letterheads, but the Guild reserves the right to withdraw this permission if it is deemed that the logo is being used in an inappropriate way. It should also be understood that Guild Membership in no way implies any form of guarantee of quality or fitness for purpose. Memberships are valid for one year and must be renewed, only up to date memberships may display the logo.