Around 100 amateur photographers entered a competition in which visitors were asked to submit snaps taken around the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre’s 50 acres for four categories – Shire horses, animals, landscape and funnies.

The winners were chosen by Cotebrook fans on Facebook, who voted in their hundreds for their favourites.

All the winning images will now be used in the centre’s 2015 visitor leaflet – with around 120,000 distributed across the north west.

Janet King, who runs the centre on the A49 with her husband Alistair said: “As always the standard of entries has been very high.

“The winning photos have captured some magical moments at Cotebrook over the last year and will really help us to promote everything we do here at the centre.”

Sarah Thornton, from Winsford, won in the animals category
 

The winners were:

Victoria Evans, from Clayton, Staffordshire for the Shire horses category

Sarah Thornton, from Winsford, for the animals category

Andrea Aseby, from Northwich, for the funnies category

Kim Fisher, from Eastham, Wirral, for the landscape category

The winners will also receive a year’s free family membership to the centre, worth £92 and a limited edition model of Cotebrook’s ‘Family of Shires’.

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, which is located just off the A49 near Tarporley, is the UK’s only Shire stud farm open to the public, and is one of only two Shire Horse Society-approved centres in the country.

For more information visit: www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk .