Shire Jed retires with Queen's blessing after years of loyal service
By Katy Islip
01 June 2012 09:13
A magnificent Shire who spent almost a decade helping to tend to London’s Royal Parks is settling into his well-earned retirement at a horse sanctuary.
Black gelding Jed, 19, who stands a massive 17.3hh, began working for the Royal Parks Agency in 1998 but was semi-retired two years ago after he began to suffer arthritis and his working partner Forte sadly died.
Jed was formally retired last month by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony held as part of the Wild London Diamond Jubilee event, where the monarch presented him with a retirement rosette in front of mounted members of Riding for the Disabled, and he has now moved to The Horse Trust’s sanctuary in Speen, Bucks, where he’ll spend the rest of his days.
Sandra Croxall, of the Royal Parks team, said: “Jed has been a loyal serving Shire and invaluable to the work undertaken in the Royal Parks, as well as undertaking public engagements, meet and greets and local community events.
“His time has now come to be retired and live out the rest of his days peacefully and we are delighted he has a wonderful, new home at The Horse Trust where he can do just that!”
Previously a draught horse for Bass Brewery in Burton on Trent, during his time with the Royal Parks Agency Jed was mainly employed within Richmond Park, where his duties included cutting the grass on road verges, rolling bracken to preserve grassland and extracting timber and transporting it to the sawmill.
After his part-retirement Jed enjoyed travelling to events with the Royal Parks Foundation, meeting fans at events such as the Heavy Horse Parade in Portsmouth and the Barnes Parade on Wimbledon common.
Now he’s settling in to his new life at the charity’s sanctuary and is busy making new friends.
Jeanette Allen, chief executive of The Horse Trust, said: “Jed was turned out in the fields last week with rescue mare, Crunchie, and he has followed her around devotedly ever since.
“It was lovely to see Jed cantering around the fields and he couldn’t have looked happier with his new home and his new friend.”
To find out more about the work of The Horse Trust and to donate, visit www.horsetrust.org.uk, or contact the charity on 01494 488 464 or firstname.lastname@example.org