Well-known New Zealand movie and dressage horse Wabe has died at the age of 24.
The friesian stallion, who appeared in the TV series Legend of the Seeker with his owner Hayley Moore, also numbered the films Chronicles of Narnia and Underworld in his CV, died at home at Muriwai on Sunday of old age.
Bred in The Netherlands, Wabe was imported to New Zealand from Scotland 11 years ago. He was owned by Moore’s mother, Patricia Wardill, of The Friesian Stud in Muriwai, and was the first friesian horse to compete in dressage in New Zealand.
The Dominion Post reported that after retiring from film work two years ago, Wabe did charity work with underprivileged children and young people through the organisation Totally Horse, of which Patricial Wardill is a trustee.
Wabe has been buried on the farm at Miriwai, and a magnolia tree is to be planted on his gravesite.