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JIM (1983-2015)

JIM (1983-2015)

Jim was a Dutch-born Shire Horse whose working life took him to Germany to pull a trade carriage. A photo of a car crashed into the carriage with Jim’s expression of puzzlement (when most horses would have bolted) proved he was a mature, safe horse, perfect to start work at Hampton Court Palace some ten years ago.   He was the foundation for all other horses, solid as a rock. He pulled the tram showing all young horses how it’s done.

Jim at the Star and Garter
Jim at the Star and Garter

Representing the Royal Parks, he welcomed HM The Queen, spent the summers cutting grass or rolling bracken and became world-famous maintaining the olympic rings, cut 300m wide. The games’ organisers, acknowledged this was the most popular items of their publicity. Jim became ‘Nelson’ for a day, to launch Simon Weston’s childrens’ books featuring a Shire horse and was the guest of honour at a centenary birthday celebrations at the Star and Garter home.

In semi-retirement Jim excelled at a new therapeutic role. He emotionally connected with people be they company executives or young people diagnosed with autism, Jim did what he did best: quietly observing the world, accepting things for what they are, unflappable. Jim was the prototype porcelain Shire horse, a gentle giant who leaves a big gap in our herd – and in our hearts.

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