Shire showing star becomes children’s hero

  • A former showing star has become a regular visitor to a children’s hospice in Devon.

    Shire horse Beamish was retired from the show ring four years ago after a successful career with wins at three county shows.

    Since then, the 18.2hh bay gelding and his owner Diana Mcfeat have been visiting children at Little Bridge House in Fremington, Devon.

    “He used to do young handlers and has always had an amazing relationship with kids, so I contacted the hospice,” Diana told H&H.

    “It’s good to be able to give something back with your horse.”

    The 14-year-old gelding has proved a popular visitor with both the youngsters and their families.

    Beamish visits the hospice and the children come to spend time with him at the farm where he is kept.

    Diana and Beamish also help with fundraising and raising awareness of the hospice.

    Christmas deliveries

    This Christmas, Beamish will be providing a special service delivering presents to children at the hospice.

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    The public can donate presents to any Webbers estate agent and the gifts will be wrapped and delivered by Beamish.

    The gentle giant will also be on show at the equine fair at Westpoint Arena, Exeter, on 5 and 6 December.

    “His stable will be turned into a grotto and he will be promoting the hospice as well as the Shire horse,” said Diana.

    Christmas presents can also be donated at the show ground.

    Little Bridge House is a specialist hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and their families.

    For more information visit: www.chsw.org.uk/little-bridge-house

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