Welsh pony steps into Badminton Horse Trials spotlight

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World Horse Welfare rescue pony Amelia will be greeting visitors on the cross-country of the Badminton Horse Trials.
World Horse Welfare rescue pony Amelia will be greeting visitors on the cross-country of the Badminton Horse Trials. © World Horse Welfare

A welsh pony mare will be among few of her breed to experience the hallowed turf of the Badminton Horse Trials cross-country, which is returning after a two-year break because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rehomed Welsh Section A pony Amelia will be on-site on May 6 and 7 to meet and greet visitors near Fence 10 on the cross-country course, next to Lakeside Fence 11 which this year is being sponsored by World Horse Welfare, the UK’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity.

The 13-year-old mare came into the charity’s care in 2014 as part of a group of mostly unhandled horses. Her feet were long and she had a lice infestation. In the expert hands of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre team, in Somerset, Amelia soon began to thrive – and her personality started to show through.

She was rehomed as a companion pony by Alison last year after returning to Glenda Spooner Farm from her previous home and has settled in very well, along with fellow rehomed pony Lucien.

Visitors to the cross-country course will be able to meet Amelia, and find out more about her background and personality and the rehoming process.

World Horse Welfare also have a stand (90 Beaufort Way) at the horse trials where people can find out more about rehomed horses and what they have gone on to do and the other work the charity does, or even stand the chance of winning £4000 in the charity’s spring raffle.

World Horse Welfare works to improve equine welfare by strengthening the horse-human partnership in all of its guises, including in horse sport.

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