The search for Britain’s Greatest Horse 2014 has culminated in a much-deserved win for an ex-racehorse that found a new role in life, patiently teaching many people to ride.
Owned by Devon-based Janette Murch, 23-year-old Ambleside stood out as a clear winner, according to judges.
Of the win, Janette said: “I’m so pleased for him. Ambleside is a great horse and he deserved to win. I can’t explain how much he means to me.
“He has looked after me so much and showed so much patience when I was learning to ride again after a broken pelvis. I love him so much and would be lost without him. There will never be another Ambleside.”
The lucky winners received more than £3,000-worth of prizes, including a made-to-measure saddle, bridle, girth and leathers from Jeffries Saddlery, £1,000 of Baileys Horse Feeds, VIP season tickets to the 2015 Horse of the Year show at Birmingham NEC, and a 12 month subscription to Horse & Rider magazine.
Runners-up Domino, owned by Natalie King, and Chief, owned by Chloe Byrne each received £500 of Baileys Horse Feeds and a six month subscription to Horse & Rider magazine.
Run in partnership with Horse & Rider magazine, the national competition to find Britain’s Greatest Horse is just one part of MSD Animal Health’s Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy campaign, which aims to reduce the risk of illness and disease to Britain’s one million horses by focusing on the benefits of preventative healthcare.
- For further details of MSD’s Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy campaign, visit www.healthyhorses.co.uk