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Charlotte is streets ahead! Dressage darling and PONY columnist Charlotte Dujardin has had a street named after her! Charlotte, who won double gold at the 2012 London Olympics, grew up in Enfield, North London. The road in Ponders End is now called Dujardin Mews. Cool, huh?
Work has begun to build two giant horse head sculptures to stand in Falkirk, Scotland. The Kelpies are 30 metres high and will weigh over 300 tonnes! Kelpies are water spirits from folklore which took the form of horses. Aren’t they beautiful!
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Thousands of people turned out to watch the UK’s first official Shire horse race at Lingfield Park Racecourse in June. Fouryear-old Joey, seen galloping in this pic, was the winner! Visit shire-horse.org.uk to find out more about this endangered breed.
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Ponymag.com blogger and dressage diva Erin Williams and her gorgeous palomino pony, Dynasty, have been selected to represent GB at the European Championships in Italy this summer! Keep up-to-date with Erin and and Dynie at ponymag.com!
Ginger is my neighbour’s horse. He is very cheeky and like most horses he isn’t perfect, but his quirks make him all the more lovely. I ride him along the beach and although he is terrified of the crashing waves he always does his best to be brave. He always comes to greet me at the gate, temporarily forgetting about the grass to snuffle me for treats! He is very affectionate and talented but it’s his patience, love and care for me that make him my best friend. The Ariat Windermere features Ariat’s exclusive 4LR technology and a HydroGuard membrane. Fashioned in suede and leather in a pull-on style with a riding outsole, these boots offer unsurpassed style and protection, perfect for both walking and riding. Ladies sizes: 3-8.5 RRP: £149. Tan only. www.ariat-europe.com Tel: 0845 600 3209
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‘em cowboy! August 9th sees the release of the new Disney film, The Lone Ranger! Not only does it star the super-gorgeous stallion, Silver, but Johnny Depp is in it, too! Team PONY will defo be going!
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Racehorse Racehorse We visited Greatwood in Wiltshire, where gorgeous rescued and rehabilitated racehorses help humans!
what is greatwood?
Greatwood is a racehorse charity, rehabilitating, rescuing and rehoming racehorses from across the UK and helping educate people with special needs. Currently it has 200 horses in its care, some at the sanctuary and some out on loan. Greatwood costs more than half-a-million pounds to run each year, and the charity relies on donations and support from the general public.
what about other animals?
Greatwood also owns Shetland ponies Toy Boy, Aaron, Poncho, Kate and Jess, two donkeys called Jack and Simon, lots of goats and two sheep called Gavin and Smithy. Gavin and Smithy can even be handled using a collar and lead! The Shetlands are great for working alongside children with special educational needs. The yard also has two Boxer dogs, Roxy and Ozzy, who are owned by Celia, the charity administrator. They keep an eye on the whole yard!
how are the horses rehabilitated?
The rehabilitation of each horse varies depending on its temperament and history. Greatwood has some great facilities, including an outdoor school, and currently three riders are employed by the charity. The riders have to be very experienced as some of the horses can be highly-strung, especially if they have come straight from racing. Horses are worked on the ground and ridden as part of their rehabilitation. They are also turned out in big herds as much as possible so they can live naturally, rather than being stabled all the time.
Greatwood has had a few famous racehorse residents over the past 20 years, but the current superstar is Deano’s Beeno. He had an illustrious racing career with 57 starts and wins over hurdles and jumps, as well as on the flat, and was ridden by top jump jockey A P McCoy. This horse’s racing career came to an end when he refused to start in a race shown live on Channel 4! Luckily, his owner wanted Deano’s Beeno to go to a good home, so he came to Greatwood where he has a new career!
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mbers looks like a hippo at the moment! He keeps rolling in the soggiest patches of field he can find until he’s brown and muddy all over. He’s even managing to get mud underneath his tail and behind his ears! Maybe he thinks it’s a good mud pack and will make him even more beautiful? Speak to you soon!
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Sioux is a 25-year-old pony who got off to a bad start in life. She had a foal when she was young and was then left in a field until she was rescued. Sioux is not my pony, but I get to give her lots of hugs and kisses. I love her lots and after all she has been through she deserves to be in PONY. Amber Dobinson
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The goats behaving like... well, goats, really!
who rehomes the racehorses?
Some racehorses can be rehomed to people who want them for hacking, as companions or even as eventers! It depends a lot on the horse’s age and temperament. Sadly not all the horses are suitable for rehoming, so some stay retired at Greatwood until the end of their days.
meet some of the horses!
Now you know a bit more about Greatwood, let’s meet some of the horses!
Not only does Greatwood rescue and rehome racehorses, it also provides some excellent education programmes for people with special educational needs. These programmes include classroom learning, but also mean that attendees can get hands-on with the horses! This hands-on learning helps to provide life skills and teaches pupils about emotion, trust and much more. It can help lead to animal-related qualifications and even a career with animals!
Montendre – ran 147 races and was ridden by Frankie Dettori!
Pennybridge – who is a total monkey to catch! Polle rt Greatw on Boy – ood recent ’s most rescue
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