Milton, John Whitaker’s Olympic show jumper, is the best-loved horse in Britain, according to a poll of readers of Horse & Hound Online.

Crowd-pleasing Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Desert Orchid is the runner-up.

To celebrate Valentine’s day, Horse & Hound readers have picked their best-loved horses of all time — and it’s no surprise that these two great “white” champions have topped the list.

The top 10

  1. Milton: Started by Caroline Bradley before her death in 1983, he went on to represent Britain countless times with John Whitaker
  2. Desert Orchid: Four-time winner of the King George VI Chase
  3. Red Rum: Dominated the 1970s with three Grand National wins
  4. Best Mate: Three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
  5. Over To You: The world’s most-medalled event horse with Jeanette Brakewell
  6. Ryan’s Son: Chunky bay and 1980 Olympic medallist with John Whitaker
  7. Supreme Rock: Back-to-back Badminton winner with Pippa Funnell
  8. King William: Badminton winner with Mary King
  9. Stroller: Pony who beat horses to Olympic silver show jumping medal in 1968
  10. Black Beauty: Iconic hero of seminal Victorian animal welfare novel

For the full article and the complete countdown of best-loved horses from 1-20 see Horse & Hound (14 February, ’08)