13/07/2014 Sad Loss of Titan

We are very sad to have to announce the loss of our beloved Titan, formally of Thames Valley Police. We are all devastated to have lost such a beloved gentle giant who at 18.3hh was one of our biggest in size but also in personality.

Titan was only 18 years old, we had expected many more years with him. He was a Shire cross Clydesdale who initially came to us for respite after 9 years service but then retired fully due to arthritis. He was given a full ceremonial retirement at Blenheim Horse Trials from His Grace The Duke of Marlborough in 2012.

His career included policing football matches, large scale demonstrations, HM The Queen’s visits to Royal Ascot and Windsor and missing person searches in rural environments. He even received the chief constable’s commendation for holding back hundreds of violent persons at a football match between Portsmouth and Southampton. He helped police state visits to Windsor including those by the Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, the President of India, President George W. Bush and two presidents of France.

When he first came to us Titan was not very keen on meeting visitors whilst in a stable but was always very friendly across a fence. After we had our stables and doors enlarged, this super-sized heavy weight was far more relaxed indoors and happily let children stroke him and became a visitors' favourite.