Lest We Forget….....


Registered pure Cleveland Bays were already in very short supply in 1914 but their clean legged, sturdy part bred offspring were to play an important role in the Great War hauling artillery.  To help maintain the supply, the War Office began to pay breeders a premium for keeping Cleveland Bay stallions, a practice that continued until the 1960s.

 

Today The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery serves as a visible reminder of the role played by horses 100 years ago.  Used on state ceremonial occasions they drive teams of six each pulling one of six First World War-era field guns.  Included in the current teams is Quinn (photo) a registered pure Cleveland Bay gelding also known as Highpasture Harlequin.

 

100 years on, Cleveland Bays are still in very short supply with only around 30 pure foals being registered each year and the breed is listed as Critical with the UK's Rare Breeds Survival Trust​.  The Cleveland Bay Horse Society owns and maintains the breed stud book which was established in 1884 with 537 stallions. 

 

Photo by Sarah Quain Photography

Photo frame by #BlackHaloDesign


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