Brewery welcomes Shire horses

By: Horse Deals

Brewery welcomes Shire horses
Brewery welcomes Shire horses
The National Brewery Centre in Burton upon Trent, Staffs, are preparing for their spring opening on 1 May by welcoming back the Shire horse.

Planning Solutions Ltd, the company behind the new National Brewery Centre, has secured two young local Shire horses that will be at the site during weekends, school and bank holidays.

Major, a two-year-old 16.3hh gelding, was born in Ramsor, near Ashbourne, while a 15.2hh yearling colt remains unnamed until the winner of a competition to name him is decided.

"We appreciate how upset people were when the previous Shire horses left here when the Coors Visitor Centre and Museum closed in 2008," said John Lowther, chief executive of Planning Solutions Ltd. "They are an absolutely integral part of the history of brewing and will have been a very familiar sight throughout the UK delivering beer.
"We have also appointed a championship-winning, local Shire horse expert, Andrew Whetton, from Denstone, who will be our head horseman. His background and experience with the breed are world-class and he has grown up working with Shires."

"Shires are in my blood and a large part of my life has been dedicated to these magnificent creatures," said Andrew. "I’m really happy to be working at the new centre and showing visitors just how great these horses are."

To enter the competition to name the yearling Shire colt, entrants should email their suggestion, along with their name and contact details to:
The competition closes at midnight on the 31 March and the winner will be contacted shortly afterwards.

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