Rare and Endangered Working Horse Species Takes Center Stage at Outeniqua Moon Conservation Project
The upcoming George Agricultural Show is set to welcome a truly remarkable guest this year – “Shadowfax,” a magnificent Percheron horse who holds the distinction of being the largest horse in Africa. This awe-inspiring stallion, standing at an impressive 18.2 hands high and weighing a staggering 1.2 tons, will undoubtedly capture the hearts of attendees as he makes a special appearance at the event.
At 11 years old, Shadowfax is not only an embodiment of equine grace and power but also plays a crucial role in preserving an endangered heritage. The Percheron breed, known for its historical significance as a versatile working horse, is now as rare and precious as the iconic rhinoceros. Shadowfax is a living testament to this remarkable lineage, a direct link to a time when horses were the backbone of agricultural and industrial activities.
For over two decades, Outeniqua Moon has been a steadfast guardian of this equine legacy through their dedicated conservation efforts. Founded and self-funded by the passion and commitment of its founders, the conservation project has been a labor of love. Operating on the meager resources of its co-founder’s salary and the support of visitors to their guest lodge, the project has not only sustained the horses but also provided a unique opportunity for people to connect with these majestic creatures.
The conservators have designed various engaging experiences for visitors, ranging from carriage rides that harken back to a bygone era, to educational paddock tours where guests can learn about the history and significance of the Percheron breed. These interactions not only offer a glimpse into the past but also serve as a call to action to protect these remarkable animals.
“Our mission is to raise awareness about the plight of these magnificent animals and to create a connection between people and horses,” says Peter and Christine Watt, founders of Outeniqua Moon. “Shadowfax is not just a horse; he represents a living heritage that deserves our admiration and protection.”
As a part of their efforts, Outeniqua Moon also welcomes day visitors to their project, providing an opportunity for families, individuals, and horse enthusiasts to learn, engage, and contribute to the preservation of these endangered horses. To learn more about their mission and offerings, you can visit their website at www.outeniquamoon.co.za.
For those eager to witness the grandeur of Shadowfax and support the conservation project, the George Agricultural Show is the place to be. This unique opportunity to see the largest horse in Africa in person, while also contributing to the preservation of a dwindling equine heritage, is an experience that promises to be both educational and awe-inspiring. Shadowfax will perform on Saturday at 13:00 in the horse arena.
For more information or to book your visit, you can contact Chrissy Grobler at 082 564 9782 or visit their website. Join Outeniqua Moon in their mission to ensure that the legacy of these incredible horses lives on for generations to come.