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Operation Centaur receives accolade from the Shire Horse Society
Operation Centaur, the organisation that provides Shire horses to The Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces, has been designated an ‘Approved Visitor Centre’ by the Shire Horse Society.
The accolade provides recognition that Operation Centaur promotes the breed, protects the heritage and provides opportunities for learning about these magnificent working horses.
Shire horses are a breed under threat. For centuries this loyal horse has served; fearlessly taking troops into war, tirelessly working the land, and transporting goods the length and breadth of this country. Whilst there are still some traditional roles available for Shires, they have had to adapt to stay relevant.
Operation Centaur works with Shire horses in four different areas: conservation, heritage, wellbeing and community. Conservation work includes grass mowing and bracken control. Heritage is preserved through carriage rides where people learn about the history of the Shire and experience them hands-on.
A more contemporary use of the Shire is as a therapy horse. Because of their gentle nature they are excellent horses to work in a therapeutic or learning setting. The Shires have worked with young people diagnosed with autism in Richmond Park and have also helped delivered a anti-bullying intervention programme in Hyde Park
About the Shire Horse Society
The Shire Horse Society (Patron: HM The Queen) has been working to protect the breed since 1878. Over the years the Society has worked hard to ensure that the breed continues to grow and to maintain interest in these magnificent horses.
About Richmond Park
Richmond Park was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. The largest of London’s Royal Parks, the park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.