Clyde is predominantly Percheron, a French breed known for its strength and gentleness. His silver coat is underlain with rocking-horse dapples.
In former times, teams of Percheron horses were used to bring the fish from the French coast to Paris and there is a Fish run re-enactment held from Boulogne every other
year in the autumn.
Ottawa is pure-bred Comtois, another French breed, and one of the oldest breeds of French heavy horse, rarely seen in this country. The Comtois is routinely used for logging in its native region, Franche-Comté. His flaxen mane and tail are in stunning contrast to his bright chestnut coat.
Again, his strength is phenomenal but he has a wonderfully placid temperament. He's also an award winning horse; Ottowa won Best In Show in 2008 at the Working Horse Trust’s Annual Show! Photograph courtesy of Tony Golding – www.heavyhorsephotography.co.uk
Ottawa’s son, Saturne, is growing up and learning fast. He has been out a few times paired with Clyde, and it is planned for them to undertake some of the summer rides at Herstmonceux Castle together.
He has been shown once in hand at the 2009 Chertsey Agricultural Show and won the European Breeds class – beating Ottawa! He is a very sweet-natured horse.