he late Queen’s favorite driving pony Emma, who made a poignant look at her funeral, has been named the Horse of a Lifetime in a public vote.
The Fell Pony – whose full title is Carltonlima Emma – acquired a bag of carrots for successful the accolade after 1000’s of readers backed her within the Horse & Hound annual awards.
Lizzie Briant, who accepted the prize and the carrots at a gala dinner at Cheltenham racecourse on behalf of the Queen’s stud groom Terry Pendry, stated Emma was the nation’s most liked pony.
Ms Briant competed on Emma in displaying courses for the Queen after Emma was purchased by Mr Pendry as a younger pony.
“Emma has probably the most fantastic temperament and by no means places a foot unsuitable,” Ms Briant stated.
“It was thrilling after I realised she was going to Windsor to be ridden by the Queen. All people adores her on the Royal Mews — there isn’t a pony within the nation that’s higher liked.”
Mr Pendry, who stood with Emma within the Fort grounds as her mistress’s coffin made its approach up the Lengthy Stroll at Windsor, stated of studying of the award: “Her Majesty adored Emma.
“She is a cushty experience and sure-footed. Emma all the time loved a carrot out of a brown paper bag after driving.”
Emma hacked out in Windsor Nice Park with the Queen for 15 years, with their remaining experience collectively happening in July of this 12 months.
On the day of the monarch’s funeral in September, the Queen’s sheepskin saddle cowl and her silk headband which she wore when driving have been laid over the saddle for the final time.
Emma took half in three pageants on the Royal Windsor Horse Present through the years together with for the Queen’s ninetieth birthday and her Platinum Jubilee.
Vicki Wentworth, chief govt of pet and equine insurance coverage agency Agria UK who sponsored the award, stated: “The Queen was no doubt Britain’s favorite horsewoman.
“By persevering with to experience properly into her 90s, on a pony in her 20s, she illustrated what an incredible sport for all times driving will be and what lengthy, completely happy and energetic lives horses and ponies can get pleasure from.”