Croots Farm Shop celebrates Shire horse success at world’s most famous horse show

The team at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire is celebrating after a Shire horse which grazes at the farm took one of the top slots at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.

Evie was awarded reserve champion in the Shire Horse of the Year Championship at the event, which is the world’s most famous horse show. Full name Sheepwash Derbyshire Eventide, she was one of two Shire horses from Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, which qualified for the championship.

It was the first time since the 1970s that Shire horse breeders Jim and Sue Yates had qualified two of their horses at the event, and it proved to be a special day for the whole family when Evie came second in her championship.

Jim and Sue’s daughter Kay Croot, who runs Croots Farm Shop with husband Steve, helped prepare and plait Evie, while their son David Yates, who runs Derbyshire bakery Luke Evans, led Evie in the ring. “It was the first time since the 1970s that my parents had qualified two horses for the Horse of the Year Show, so it was a great achievement and wonderful to be a part of what is regarded as the most famous horse show in the world,” said Kay. “David took Evie into the ring and I took the other horse that qualified, Cowerslane Lady Helen. It was a real family affair.”

Jim and Sue have been breeding and rearing Shire horses for decades, and are amongst the longest established families in the Shire horse world. It was Evie’s sixth consecutive appearance at the Shire Horse of the Year Championship and she has now taken second place twice, as well as a third and a fourth position. The Horse of the Year Show was held at Birmingham’s NEC, and mar

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