Blackpool rescue pony set to shine at national horse trials

Penny Farm rescue pony Starsky
Penny Farm rescue pony Starsky

A pony born at a Blackpool rescue centre is set to trot out at the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials.

Starsky will take part in the Rehomed Superstar Class at the trials on Thursday.

Penny Farm rescue pony Starsky show jumping

Penny Farm rescue pony Starsky show jumping

The cob was born at Penny Farm on Preston New Road in May 2004 and was rehomed with rider Grace Cooper in 2011, based in Scorton.

His mother was among a group of horses who had been removed from their owner by the RSPCA and taken into the care of World Horse Welfare.

She was very underweight when she arrived and suffering from a lice infestation, but gave birth to a healthy Starsky.

Penny Farm manager Fran Williamson said: “Starsky quickly proved himself as a real character and during his time with the charity he became the farm adoption horse, taking part in all sorts of activities and events at farm open days.

“We are so proud of everything he has achieved with Grace.

“They are a fantastic example of how successful rescued ponies can go onto to be – it would be the icing on the cake if he won this title.”

Grace and Starsky have competed in a variety of disciplines from eventing challenges to pony racing and polocrosse.

Grace said: “In addition to being my very talented pony Starsky loves the limelight. Whilst other ponies might be nervous in new surroundings and arenas he just loves all the attention.”

Starsky is one of six finalists who have made it through to parade at the Burghley Horse Trials.

The winner will be chosen by public vote, which closes at 11pm on Monday.

Read more about Penny Farm ponies success here