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Famous Ponies

Solo gets the lowdown on his famous celebrity friends!!

If there are any riders in particular you would like me to feature, send me an email and I'll try my hardest.

Stroller
 
Despite only standing at 14.2hh, Stroller could outjump many horses.
Stroller took rider, Marion Coakes from British Junior courses to International Senior tracks, and the pair won 61 international competitions. A big achievement for Stroller was winning the Hickstead Derby - it hasn't ever been won by another pony.
He is the only pony ever to have competed in the Olympic Games, and helped Marion take the individual silver showjumping medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Stroller died of a heart attack aged 36 in 1986, after 15 years of happy retirement.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Milton
 
Milton was the first showjumper to ever win over 1million in prize money.
He was a 16.2hh grey Dutch Warmblood, ridden by John Whitaker and had such amazing charisma and talent that all the equine world fell in love with him. He was a superstar and rose to every occasion, jumping the most complex of courses with ease.
In his 9 year jumping career Milton won two World Cup Finals, two team golds, an individual gold, and a team and individual silver at the European Championships.
He retired from competing in 1994 at Olympia, and died peacefully in 1999 at the Whitaker's farm where he was buried.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Red Rum
 
Red Rum is the nation's best-known steeplechaser having won the prestigious Grand National 3 times and came second twice!!
He was bred to race on the flat but never made the grade and was then trained by Ginger McCain and won his first five races.
Red Rum only just won his first National to the favourite Crisp. His second was a bit more disasterous and he nearly fell at Becher's Brook but carried on and beat L'Escargot by seven lengths. The following year, L'Escargot beat Red Rum by 15 lengths, then was beaten the year after by Rag Trade. In 1977 Red Rum came out again to win for the record third time.
No horse has equalled his wins and it is doubted that any ever will.
He is reputed to be the most popular race horse ever and 'jumped into the hearts of millions'. He retired before the 1978 National but led the parade from then until 1994.
In 1995, Red Rum turned 30, but sadly died later that year. He is buried next to the winning post at Aintree where there is a statue to remember him.

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