Tenn. Horse Could Be World’s Tallest


 Tina, a 3-year-old mare only one inch shy of world record


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A Niota, Tennessee horse may soon have the honor of being the tallest horse in the world.

Jenson’s Diplomat Tina, an English Shire, was about 6 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder the last time she was measured, owners Jim and Marge Williams said.

That’s just an inch under the record currently held by Radar, a Belgian from Texas, according to the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records. He is eight years old, and Tina is only three years old and has more growing to do, Marge Williams said.

Tina will be measured by representatives of the Guinness World Records on July 28.  

“She is like a teenager, a gangly, growing filly,” Mrs. Williams said. Tina comes by her height naturally — both her parents were also extremely tall. 

If Tina breaks the record, they will send statements of four witnesses, a newspaper story on the horse, and a veterinarian’s examination to Guinness to establish the new record.

Tina is the same breed as the all-time world record holder, Sampson, who was measured at 7 feet, 2 inches and 3,360 pounds in 1850.

In her Niota pasture, Tina towers. When she gallops, the ground shakes, and her steps sound like thunder. 

Her pasture mate, Dolly, another Shire, is a robust 5 feet, 4 inches and 2,400 pounds, but she can almost walk under Tina’s neck.

When they bought Tina from a breeder in Blair, Neb., the Williamses were looking for a horse they could match with Dolly to form a pulling team.

Though Shires’ ancestors were medieval war horses, the modern breed was used primarily as pulling horses in England. 

But Tina grew and kept growing. That’s forced some adjustments in the barn, Mrs. Williams said. 

A normal stall in their barn is 12 by 12 feet. Tina can’t turn around in that space, so they built her a 12- by 24-foot box, Mrs. Williams said.

Even with their large size, Mr. Williams said Shires are “people pleasers” and very gentle.

“I can crawl underneath her and work on her feet without fear,” Mr. Williams said. “I have been on her back, but I have to climb on a fence to get on her.”

Holding the title carries obligations. The Priefert Web site shows that the current Guinness record-holder, Radar, maintains a regular and widespread touring schedule. 

The Williamses have plans to train Tina to pull a show cart at fairs and horse shows in Tennessee. They realize that if the record is broken, Tina and the Springbrook Inn will soon become internationally known.

“We didn’t plan it this way,” Mr. Williams said. “She just kept growing.”


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11 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. WOW!

  2. Hi Barngoddess …
    Wow is right! Will be interesting how he measures out.

  3. i love that horse she is so cool i got my horse from the kill pen he’s 16.1!!!!!

  4. I never heard of a TWH(Tennessee Walking Horse) reach over 20 hands… Maybe I mis-read it xD. The tallest horse I have saw came just a little over 30 hh.

    Hi Nikki,
    The horse in this story is a Shire … from Tennessee.

  5. This is the most beautiful beast ive ever seen

  6. Dolly is now in Franklin, Tennessee where she is being trained for dressage and driving. She is doing great, and hangs with the Friesians when turned out. Dolly is by far the sweetest and careful horse we have on the farm but she has no idea how big she is.

    Last week she took an unexpected stroll through the barn and went into the office/tackroom area, where many horse signs and pictures hang on the wall. She managed to leave all untouched, except one that she actually broke.

    The sign said: “Does this saddle make me look fat?”

    Since that day the “Big Girl” and Fat jokes are prohibited on the premisses. 😉

  7. PS: pictures of Dolly are on our Photopage at http://www.fryslanvalley.com

  8. Beautiful Horse! Good Luck Beating The World Record!!

  9. I have worked around drafts for 18 years and know for a fact your horse will beat the record.

  10. that is such a beautiful horse i love horses and she is pretty

  11. aww i read that she died =`(

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