Whoa, that is a big horse. Sounds like we should stay tuned for the world’s biggest TEAM of horses.
Big Jake is world’s tallest living horse
By Lyn Jerde, Daily Register |Â April 13, 2010Â |Â www.wiscnews.com
Friday will be a big day for Big Jake.
That’s when he’ll be officially presented, to thousands of horse lovers, as the Guinness World Record-holder for world’s tallest living horse.
The 9-year-old Belgian gelding from Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette stands 20 hands, 2.75 inches – that’s one quarter inch short of 6-foot-11 – from the bottom of his unshod hooves to his withers. He’s taller than the previous record-holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington, who’s 20 hands tall.
Jerry Gilbert, co-owner of Smokey Hollow Farm, said a certificate from Guinness World Records in England arrived at the farm, by express delivery, in late March.
But Jake’s coronation as a world record holder will officially take place Friday, at the Midwest Horse Fair, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison.
The official announcement will be made just before the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Jake also will appear – along with his sidekick from Smokey Hollow Farm, a miniature stallion named Nemo – at the Kids Korral throughout the show.
Gilbert said people are welcome to take Jake’s picture, but probably won’t be allowed to stand next to him for a height comparison, because Jake, like many horses, may not be accustomed to strangers.
Gilbert said people who view Jake at the Kids Korral will be invited to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House in Madison in Jake’s honor. It provides a “home away from home” for families of children younger than 18 who are undergoing medical treatment in the Madison area.