It was a time of great trepidation waiting for our Champion Mare, Cotebrook Loch Anna to give birth. At 19hh and having won so many titles, and only producing her first foal at 6 years of age, Alistair was very concerned.
Would a great mare produce a good foal? Would she be a good mother? Would the foal be well marked? Would it be a stallion for the future? Would mum and foal both come through the birthing process and be fit and well?
All of these questions, and more, were at the back of his mind.
At 2.30am Alistair delivered the biggest foal he has ever seen – and he reckons he has delivered well over 100 foals.
It was bright bay with 4 white legs and was as perfect as you can expect at 2 minutes old. As he took his first breath he spotted that it was a colt – he was absolutely elated!
Within an hour, the foal was on his feet and suckling. Anna is such a “Deva” but has proved to be an excellent mother.
MacGregor has developed into a fantastc colt. He passed his stallion inspection by the vet and inspectors from The Shire Horse Society and is now approved to be used at stud.
Alistair has decided to call him MacGregor, which is the Scottish Clan name for the King family. The most famous MacGregor was Rob Roy, a renowned outlaw who later became a folk hero due to his reputation as a Scottish Robin Hood. The MacGregors were descended from an ancient Celtic royal family hence the clans motto “Royal is my Race”
Could MacGregor be another Champion for the Kings for the future?