clydesdale: saving the greatest horse

One woman’s passionate Canadian quest to rescue Scotland’s Clydesdale horse from extinction.

programme information


1 x 60' or 1 x 90'

Production Company

Infield Fly Productions Inc and Stream Scotland Ltd





Episode Information

The Clydesdale horse - famed for its white-feathered feet and for hauling Budweiser beer – is in danger of dying out. These giant and iconic horses are on the verge of what many call the “vortex of extinction” in the very place where they were first bred – Scotland. Once, there were thousands of Clydesdales roaming the famous Clyde Valley near Glasgow. Now, they’re all but gone. The horse was once so valuable the Scots sold them all over the world. The most sought after were the pure blacks. Now, one woman is on a quest to save the Scottish Clydesdale. Janice Kirkpatrick is an award-winning Glaswegian designer and passionate about this horse. Her plan is simple: Find the lost blacks and bring them home. In an extraordinary journey from the Clyde Valley to the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Janice uncovers the true story of the Clydesdale horse, and traces a Canadian family who’ve protected the ancient black Clydesdale bloodlines for five generations. With this discovery she unlocks the secret to reviving the Scottish herd. In Clydesdale: Saving the Greatest Horse, join Janice as she embarks on an unprecedented and emotional two-year quest. Not only will it test her in ways she never expected, but it will also alter her life forever… and change the destiny of an entire breed.

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