A Shetland pony who has “brightened the lives” of war veterans and sick children has been named the “equine personality of the year” by the British Horse Society (BHS).
Cruachan III, the former Royal Regiment of Scotland Mascot, was presented with the “Tarragon Trophy” by the BHS today (Wednesday, 16 December) at a special event held in Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.
The Tarragon Trophy is the BHS’s equine personality of the year award and is presented to horses or ponies that have contributed to the community, overcome hardship or deemed to have the personality worthy of the esteemed honour.
“Every so often the BHS is privileged to meet an equine that has delivered untold benefit to humankind, and Cruachan is just that pony,” said Helene Mauchlen of the BHS.
“In his long life he has brightened the lives of so many people, from casual acquaintances at events, veterans and sick children and on top of that he does his day job of representing, inspiring and motivating our army.
“He is a credit to all equines and an example of the untold good that horses and ponies provide. It is our pleasure and a privilege to present him with the Tarragon Trophy.”
Now, 23 years old, Cruachan spent nearly two decades in military service
For almost 17 years he took part in numerous military parades as well as appearing at Highland games and even a member of the cast of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Colonel Alastair Campbell, regimental secretary of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: “Cruachan III marched proudly with Scottish infantry soldiers on parade for 17 years, firstly with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and then The Royal Regiment of Scotland. So we are extremely pleased that the BHS has recognised him.”