EUROPE’S biggest trailer maker is helping spread the Olympic legacy and putting more people in the saddle.
Deeside firm Ifor Williams Trailers’s award-wining horseboxes are being used to carry life-sized mechanical horses thousands of miles around the UK to encourage people to take up horse riding.
The electronic horses are computer-driven riding simulators which respond to the rider’s leg and hand aids and have five ‘gears’ – walk to gallop.
One trailer was bought last year for Take up the Reins, a national initiative launched by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), supported by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and funded by Sport England, as part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy.
A second has just been bought and BETA executive director Claire Williams said they will be looking to buy a third later this year.
BETA’s team of three mechanical horses, which between them cost nearly £50,000 with each weighing about 400 kilos, RoboCob, Trigger and Queenie – named in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – will travel thousands of miles in the Ifor Williams Trailers horseboxes.