AN EIGHT-MONTH-OLD Shire foal from Cheshire has been named the best in the country in the UK’s top foal championships.

Cotebrook Loch Beth clinched the coveted title in the Midland Shire Foal Society Show – the biggest foal competition in the country.

The amazing filly was among the cream of young Shires that took part in the event at Marchington in Staffordshire. Beth came first in the filly foal class, first in the progeny class and then went on to beat the best colt foal to scoop the top prize.

Beth’s owner, Alistair King, who runs the award-winning Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre and Country Park, near Tarporley, with his wife Janet, was delighted with the result.

‘This is the best show in the country for Shire foals and attracts enthusiasts from all over the UK and abroad,’ he said. ‘To take the top prize is fantastic and will hopefully be the first of many for Beth.

‘The win was made that extra bit special because Beth was named in honour of my mother, Elizabeth, who sadly passed away just days after Beth was born,’ said Alistair.

The win rounds off a remarkable year for the centre, which is currently home to 2007 Junior Champion Cotebrook Ben Macdhui – one of the best Shire horses in the world.

Staff at the centre spent six months preparing the young foal for the championship – maintaining her body weight in perfect condition and her feet to show standards.

The shires are judged on their ability to do a day’s work – but none of the horses at the Cotebrook centre work.

Alistair added: ‘People sometimes ask me why the horses do not work? I say: If you have got Miss World, you wouldn’t have her doing the washing and ironing!’

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