A YOUNG shire horse has been named as one of the best in the world after winning a prestigious title.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre’s two-year-old filly, Cotebrook Loch Beth, bettered more than 70 other female shires to become overall reserve female champion at the Shire Horse Society Spring Show.
She also retained her title of reserve junior champion, which she won at last year’s event – widely regarded as the best in the industry.
Competing alongside Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre’s other two entrants, Blaven and Spirit, Beth wowed judges at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, with her overall appearance and ability to do a day’s work.
Breeder Alistair King, who prepared Beth for six months prior to the event, was delighted with her performance.
He said: “For Beth to beat off such strong competition, which is much more experienced, is a tremendous effort.
“As the show is widely regarded as the biggest and best in the world, the reserve overall female champion title is a huge honour.
“It means Beth at just two years old is the second best female Shire horse in the world.”
Now back home at the centre, based on the A49 near Tarporley, members of the public will be able to see Cotebrook’s star attraction up close.
The centre is a working stud farm with 50 acres of land where visitors can see badgers, owls, otters, red foxes, red squirrels and deer.
All the male shires at Cotebrook are named after Scottish mountains while the females are named after lochs.
Beth will now be trained and prepared further by staff ahead of the new season in the show ring.
For further information visit www.cotebrookshirehorses.co. uk.