The Lizard Stallions was set up
under private funding in October 2012, with the main aim to promote and preserve the Shire and Clydesdale horses, due to each breeds' numbers being less than that of the Tiger! Yet these magnificent
animals helped us to build Britain to what it is today.
Their numbers equate to 900-1500
registered Shire mares, and 500-900 registered Clydesdale mares, worldwide.
Pete Woodford has been the proud owner and breeder of Shires since 1983, so when he had the opportunity to change his line of work and sell his house to fund it, he set up The
Lizard Stallions. Everything went into the new venture and he exchanged his home for a yurt, which he lives in with his partner, Nicky Mendham. After locating a decaying Omnibus and spending 2000
hours restoring her to her former glory, he selected his stallions, 3 in total, to run the service, George, Ringo and Eddy.
In order to highlight the breeds, Pete and Nicky knew that they had to promote them to a huge range of people. Simply attending local weekend shows, just wasn't going to get enough
attention for these magnificent stallions and so Nicky set out locating routes for regular services and a variety of shows.
An educational service has been set up on a regular basis in the city of Truro in Cornwall. As Pete drives the Shires, who draw the double storey Victorian Omnibus dating back to
1860 around the cobbled streets, Nicky transports you back in time with an historical account of the Shire horse and their roles both past and present. The trip encourages travellers to step back in
time and to learn more about the Omnibus, which would appear to be the only one of it's kind, still working, in the world. The Lizard Stallions have secured the only horse drawn hackney carriage
license in the South West, in order to maintain high standards. The vehicle is checked annually by the BDS; the horses health and capability to carry out the work is assessed annually; Pete's driving
skills have been assessed; he's received a medical; and CRB checks.
These trips can also be enjoyed at various other events around Cornwall and Devon, by school pupils, and at their home base in Helston, where the dying art of carriage driving is
They now rely on the generosity of the public to take trips, book Experience Days, purchase Gift Vouchers, etc. in order to continue the service. With running costs of £14,000 a
year for shoes and feed alone for the 3 stallions, they are always seeking your support in various ways. This forms a small portion of the costs with additional overheads such as insurances,
licenses, advertising, transport, vehicle and carriage repairs, stabling, field maintenance, rugs, etc.
Sponsorship and donations are a great way to help. They promise that 100% of your money will go towards The Lizard Stallions horses feed and shoeing. They won't waste your money on
pens, toys, staff wages to write you letters or take your email address to pursue you for more money. They would rather you visit their website's 'What's On' page, find out where they are next and
come and meet the boys in person. Every penny goes towards their upkeep in order to keep this service running and to provide thousands of people each year with a living museum in the streets of
So if you want to help promote this service and keep it in the public eye for future generations to see, please press the donate now button below and select 'Donate Social' to make
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