The owner of Kellogs, a 26in high pony, “couldn’t have been prouder of him” when he trotted down the red carpet at the 2015 Animal Hero Awards.

The tiny pony was attending the awards in London last month on behalf of his best friend Twiggy, who was nominated for the rescue animal of the year award.

Twiggy was found by the RSPCA in a storm drain beside a busy road in Hampshire in May 2014.

The day-old foal was taken to Liphook Equine Hospital for rehydration and milk.

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She was rehomed by former equine veterinary nurse Caroline Seignot, who runs Pony Pals, a miniature horse therapy business.

Twiggy’s kind and gentle nature shone through and I knew straight away she would be perfect to join my therapy ponies,” said Caroline.

“When I first rehomed Twiggy I slept on the sofa to give her the hourly feeds she required for the first month. She has grown into a fine filly and despite being left unwanted, this little thrown away foal has won the hearts of all who those that have met her.”

RSPCA chief vet James Yeates who was on the awards’ judging panel said for Twiggy to be recognised at the awards “was a huge accolade.”

Twiggy was unable to attend the awards as she was unwell with gastric problems.

But her stablemate Kellogs went on her behalf joining celebrities Ricky Gervais and Amanda Holden.

“He was a superstar,” added Caroline. “During the awards ceremony he had his head on my lap and was oblivious to the loud music, clapping and cameras flashing.”

Credit: Patch Dolan

Credit: Patch Dolan

The trophy for the rescue animal of the year was taken home by Miracle the dog rescued by the Soi Dog Foundation from the meat trade in Thailand.

Twiggy was runner-up which has created “huge publicity and will enable us to do more free visits to hospices,” Caroline told H&H.

The Pony Pals’ four ponies and one miniature donkey have 40 bookings this December. They will be appearing in shopping centres, nursing homes and community centres across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

The miniature donkey, Mr Kipling will be appearing in a school nativity play and on Christmas day one of the ponies will be visiting a children’s hospital ward.

Caroline has just left her part-time groom’s job to run Pony Pals full-time after setting up the business six years ago.