Patrick the Pony to Walk for War Horse

Patrick the celebrity pony has signed up on his birthday to Walk for War Horse. Our wonderful Shetland pony mascot was born on St Patrick’s Day, and his owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis say they will incorporate his trips around the beautiful Devon countryside as part of his training to be a therapy pony.

He is no stranger to the limelight and recently featured on BBC TV as the cameras recorded how his training was going. The challenge was to ride on a bus without getting nervous or frightened and it was a walk in the park for this little star, who is owned and loved by our War Horse Memorial Ambassadors in Torquay.

Patrick makes himself comfortable at home

Walk for War Horse hopes to encourage animal lovers across the UK to register interest in trekking the hills and valleys near their homes next month with their horses, ponies, donkeys and dogs, while capturing on film the beauty of the British Isles.

COVID-19 has meant that most animal sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK have struggled over the past months to keep going. War Horse Memorial, through its Animal Purple Poppy Fund, is trying to help the most vulnerable.

Anyone interested should email info@thewarhorsememorial.org to register. For a £10 registration fee War Horse Memorial will send by post a metal purple poppy pin badge and a knitted poppy to attach to collars and bridles. But hurry as time is running out.

Even a busy therapy pony needs a little me time.

People are asked to record their routes, and the number of miles walked – and importantly, take photos en route. On April 30, 2021 they need to submit their log of miles covered and a selection of three photos that show their part of the country at its best. Judges will award prizes for the best entries in a number of categories.

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