The Queen honours retiring Royal Parks Shire horse

  • The Queen has honoured a 17.3hh Shire who has retired after 10 years service with The Royal Parks Agency.

    Nineteen-year-old Jed – who helped with the maintenance and upkeep of the Royal Parks in London – was presented with a retirement rosette by Her Majesty on 15 May, at a Jubilee event in Richmond Park.

    He will now retire to The Horse Trust in Buckinghamshire, which provides a retreat for working horses.

    “Jed has been a loyal serving Shire and invaluable to the work undertaken in the Royal Parks,” said Sandra Croxall from The Royal Parks team.

    “We are delighted that he has a wonderful new home at The Horse Trust, where he can live out the rest of his days peacefully,” she added.

    Jed was bought as one of a pair from Bass Brewery, Burton on Trent in 1998 to help with the estate management.

    His work – which was predominately in Richmond Park – included road verge cutting, rolling bracken and chain harrowing bridleways and paddocks.

    Two years ago Jed was semi-retired when he started to suffer from arthritis and his working partner Forte died.

    Since then he has undertaken public engagements such as the heavy horse parade in Portsmouth.

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