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