A very unique arrival was born at Tatton Park on 16 July. Named Secret Sensation (after her great-great grandmother, Arclid Sensation), the rare female Shire horse was eight days overdue and had been excitedly anticipated by all at Tatton.
Visitors to the Farm leading up to her birth were treated with a sneak peak vet scan of her mother, Tabitha’s, tummy as part of Tatton Park’s Secret Stories events for 2017.
Now listed on the Rare Breed Survival’s Trust Watchlist, Shires are becoming less and less common. There are only an estimated 900 to 1,500 registered Shire horses in the UK, making them a breed under threat. Once an adult, Secret Sensation will hopefully go on to breed foals herself to preserve this unique horse breed.
Jayne Chapman, Tatton Park Farm Manager, said: “The secret is now out. She’s a girl! We’re so excited to welcome Sensation into the world and we’re sure our visitors will love her as much as we do. This really is a unique opportunity to meet this very gorgeous little foal. Shires and their breeding are part of Tatton’s history since the 19th century when Wilbraham, first baron of Egerton, was renowned for breeding these magnificent animals, the most famous being Tatton Dray King who won the King George IV Gold Cup in 1908 at the London Show. Let’s hope Sensation follows in the hoofprints of her famous relations and makes a truly, sensational champion.”
For more information on visiting Secret Sensation and Tatton Park itself, please visit: http://tattonpark.org.uk