A rider has celebrated her “best birthday by far” after her boyfriend planned a surprise proposal with a Clydesdale.
Ellé-Dee Martin was taken to Devon on her 23rd birthday last Friday (24 May) by her now-fiancé Jake Price for a long weekend.
“Jake booked for me to go riding on a Clydesdales over the moors the next morning. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do so he said it was a late present,” Ellé-Dee told H&H.
“As the group set out on the horses Jake said he would meet me by car at one of the stops and take some photos.”
Ellé-Dee, who was riding a Clydesdale called Bobby from Adventure Clyesdales, arrived at Combestone Tor an hour and a half later and the instructor suggested she go up ahead for some photos.
“Jake came and stood next to me and I thought he just wanted some photos of me on Bobby with the background but then told me he hadn’t taken for here for my birthday,” said Ellé-Dee.
“He pulled a box out of his pocket, got down on one knee and proposed.”
Ellé-Dee said she didn’t hesitate in saying yes.
“I had no idea it was coming – he hadn’t given anything away. On the way to the horses he had been a little bit quiet but nothing rang any bells,” she said.
“I still had an hour left of the ride so Jake went to meet me back at the stables. The rest of the ride I kept crying with happiness.”
Ellé-Dee said she could not have asked for anything better from “non-horsey” Jake.
“I’ve always said Devon is my favourite place in the whole world to visit – it’s my happy place. It’s very horsey and peaceful, it’s my ideal place,” she said.
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“Jake will occasionally come and see my 14.2hh gelding Dice with me but he has no involvement with horses in the slightest. All my friends are saying they wish their boyfriends would propose like that.”
The couple, who have been together for seven years, celebrated their engagement with a meal and champagne.
“My engagement ring is beautiful – Jake picked it himself. The wedding will come later but I’ve started thinking about it and I definitely would like to have Dice there,” said Ellé-Dee.
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