Shire Horse Sculpture Unveiled

By: Horse Deals


Shire Horse Sculpture Unveiled
Shire Horse Sculpture Unveiled

Shire horses once worked the land of West Oxfordshire, their powerful bodies pulling heavy machinery and assisting farmers to achieve a bounty of crop yields.

Decades later and as in many areas of Britain, it is rare to see a Shire horse in this rural district close to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

However, the imposing power, beauty and grace of the breed is now captured and celebrated for all to see at a 50-acre country park established on former farmland once worked by the ‘Great Horse’, between the historic village of Brize Norton and town of Carterton.

Two life-size sculptures of the much-loved breed, each standing 19.2hh, have been installed at the Kilkenny Lane Country Park, a popular destination for walkers, dog owners and horse-riders alike, with a bridleway and more than 2.5km of footpaths.

The finished creations were unveiled at the country park by special guest, Prime Minister David Cameron, who is the local MP for West Oxfordshire and has followed the public art project with interest.