A MAN who became a legend in the horse world had a memorable final journey.
Farmer Thomas Lodge – who spent 60 years breeding and showing Shire horses – was cremated in Huddersfield yesterday.
And the man who won countless awards for his horses was, fittingly, carried to the crematorium by a pair of the horses.
The black Shires, which pulled a cart hearse, were loaned for the occasion.
The cortege made a slow procession down Fixby Road to the Crematorium and many drivers stopped to watch.
For several of the mourners, Mr Lodge was the most famous Shire breeder in Yorkshire.
Mr Lodge worked at his family’s farm in Denby Dale for more than 50 years.
His family had farmed Toby Wood Farm for many generations and it was there that he established a stud business for Shire horses.
He had used the horses as working animals on the farm but then began to breed.
He won countless awards at country shows all over the region and was officially honoured by the Shire Horse Society in 1996 for over 60 years’ work.
His daughter, Joan Wood, said: “He loved the farming life, raising beef and sheep as well as crops, but there is no doubt the Shire horses were his great love.
“He was brought up with the horses working on the farm, but then from the age of 40 began breeding and showing them.”
Mr Lodge was a widower who left three daughters, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.