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Following Robinsons’ announcement on 1st April that they were launching their very own Shire Breeding Programme, the family are delighted to confirm that brewery brood mare, Horsemans Princess Giselle, has finally given birth to the brewery’s first foal – Hillgate Henrietta-Anne, born on Saturday 27th April at 11:17pm (not an April Fools!) – and both mother and foal are happy and healthy.

Horsmans Princess Giselle with foal Hillgate Henrietta-Anne

Hillgate Henrietta-Anne was born in a family owned field in Nether Alderley. It was a real family affair with three generations of the Robinsons family present at the birth, including Mr David and his wife Anne Robinson, John Robinson (Mr David’s son) with wife Georgina Robinson, Cordelia Robinson (Mr David’s daughter) and Frederic and Arthur Robinson (John Robinson’s sons). Assisting Horsmans Princess Giselle’s delivery were Head Horsepersons Helen and Lisa, who, together with the family and local farm owner Jonathan Worthington, were on 24-hour foal watch on the day. The brood mare was in slow labour during the day, but waters broke at 10:58pm and the precious foal delivered within half an hour. 

Helen Preece, Head Horseperson at Robinsons Brewery, explained: Hillgate Henrietta-Anne is our first foal to be born following the launch of our own Shire horse breeding programme. She is a bay fillie foal with four white legs and a blaze and she is absolutely perfect! We now have our own registered prefix, ‘Hillgate’, with the Shire Horse Society; which all future foals will inherit. We are all so proud to be preserving and promoting the Shire horse breed – something Robinsons have been passionate about since the beginning of their business time. The team and I are excited to welcome the special new edition to the family and are honoured to be involved with the beginning of a new era for Robinsons.”

Hillgate Henrietta-Anne will be visiting the brewery – based in the heart of Stockport for over 180 years – for special meet and greets over the coming months, so stay updated with the latest news on the foal by following Robinsons Shire Horses on Facebook here.

Special new foal, Hillgate Henrietta-Anne

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