Lorries of the stars
Horse & Hound|August 26, 2021
How do the equestrian elite live on the road? Alex Robinson talks to professionals in different sports to see what they prioritise in a horsebox
Alex Robinson

WHAT really goes into building a lorry for the stars of the horse world? While luxury living with stunning design, modern appliances, and techie features are a bonus, our professional equestrians, like most horse owners, prioritize the security and well-being of their equine passengers. And manufacturers design and develop their boxes with this in mind.

When crafting a box for none other than Olympian Charlotte Dujardin, the experts at Bloomfields Horseboxes made sure their famously safe and secure two-horse box was customized to suit all her needs.

Bloomfield's director Helen Moody said that Charlotte – who owns a Sovereign-made larger horsebox – opted for the “Professional” model, which is pitted as “the ultimate horsebox for difficult horses”. When loaded, the horses are separated by a full-height, grilled partition, ahead divider, and two full-height grilled access doors, which removes the need for a breast bar.

“Charlotte was adamant that she wanted something that was both strong, safe, and ultimately going to do the job,” explains Helen. “If her horses are going to have a wobble or a kick, she needs to know that the box isn’t going to go anywhere. The bulkhead – the wall that goes between the driver and the horses – is one of the safety features.”

While the Professional model comes with high specifications, Charlotte asked for additional storage space in the back, so Bloomfields installed a roller shutter wardrobe.

“We also put in a sliding partition so she can tack up with ease and give the horses a little bit more legroom,” Helen added. “We gave her four ‘classy’ color options and she opted for the grey and champagne, with added glitter detail and logo additions to the seats and exterior.

“We find that most top riders who come to us want guaranteed reliability and safety for both horse and driver. Welfare is paramount to them.”

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