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Tatton Park welcomes birth of rare Shire Horse

July 24, 2017

A very unique arrival was born at Tatton Park on Sunday 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.

From Tuesday 25 July, visitors to Tatton Park’s Farm will be able to visit Secret Sensation everyday from 12 to 5pm. 
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: www.tattonpark.org.uk.


Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Lisa Senior on 01625 374416 (lisa.senior@cheshireeast.gov.uk) or Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 (carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision