A rescue pony has put his past behind him after finishing reserve champion (novice pony) at the national Carriage Driving Championship at Windsor Park (9-11 September).

The following weekend he took the East Anglian Championship at Ashfields (17-18 September) after winning the open pony class with driver Liz Harcombe.

“Yogi”, a seven-year-old Welsh type, was found abandoned in a field in 2005 by World Horse Welfare.

Equine dentist Amy Last rehomed him as a companion pony however she decided to break him to drive as he was still young.

Amy Last said: “Once Yogi learnt to trust humans again he showed his natural aptitude for the sport.

“He has always been a bit feisty, indeed when he was found they had to blow-dart him to be loaded, however I think this helps him be as good as he is.

“It has been so satisfying to see him come out of his shell.”

A spokesman for world Horse Welfare said: “Yogi is a brilliant example of how a rescue pony can go on to do great things.

“He has accomplished so much with Amy and it’s wonderful to see how much they are progressing together as a partnership.”

Amy and Yogi are currently looking for a sponsor for next season. If interested please contact last598@hotmail.co.uk

Photo by Evelyn Radnai