HE'S big, he's beautiful and he's won the biggest shire horse show in the world.
Visitors to the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, near Tarporley, will be able to marvel at Ddrydwy Cotebrook King, proud winner of the National Shire Horse Championships, held at the East of England Showground at Peterborough.
With an entry of more than 300 shires, it is the breed's biggest show.
Pleased as punch he carried off the top prize of Supreme Champion Stallion and with it the coveted King George V Champion Challenge cup, dating back to the 1920s, the stunning three-year-old realised a lifetime ambition for owner Alistair King who has been breeding shires for 36 years.
He also brought back the Shire Horse Society Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Stallion and two other society cups, the Stallion Premium awarded by the Horse Racing Levy Board, the Shire Horse of the Year Championship Qualifier and the Shire Horse Society Silver Spoon.
The shire horse nearly became extinct after the Second World War and supporters say it is only through the dedication of breeders such as Mr King that it has been prevented from disappearing from Britain's countryside for ever.
Not to be outdone, Cotebrook Ben Macdhui carried off the two year old stallion class at the championships, proving his worth among 19 other entries and winning the Chorlton Perpetual Cup for the Best Two-year-old Stallion.
Both the winners are on show at the centre together with Cotebrook's first foal of 2006, Cotebrook Loch Achilty, a pretty bay filly with four white legs, known as Tilly for short. nSet in 50 acres of Cheshire countryside, the centre is two miles north of Tarporley on the A49 and open seven days a week.
Home of the renowned Cote-brook Shire Horse Stud, the centre has been breeding prize winning shires for more than 30 years and the fabulous Old English breed forms the centrepiece of the park.
There is also a selection of British animals and birdlife both wild and domesticated.