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Successful mountain and moorland pony Blainslie Christmas Cracker died peacefully in his stable on 1 March, at the age of 25.

The 13.2hh chestnut Welsh Section B was bred by Lady Daphne Stewart and was bought by the Nixon family for their daughter Amanda.

“Ollie” won many major championships with Amanda including Scottish working hunter pony champion at the British Show Pony Society Scottish Championships.

He visited the Horse of the Year Show four times, jumping clear and never lower than fourth.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (20 March, ’08)