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Ex police horse to compete in vaulting at WEG

A 19-year-old rehomed police horse is to compete in the vaulting competition at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) next month (2-5 September).

The horse ILPH Islay will be lunged in Normandy by his loaner of 12 years, Liz MacKay.

J and A PDD 2 credit Arjen van der SpekHe will compete for Canada with sisters Jeanine and Angelique Van der Sluijs.

Jeanine will compete as an individual and then also in the pas de deux with Angelique.

The three are currently training in Scotland.

The horse was retired from the police to the ILPH — now World Horse Welfare — aged seven after he kicked a football fan. He also had several issues with lameness and behaviour, but has since “learnt to relax and co-operate”.

ILPH Islay is going to WEG after two years off with an injury that occurred in the field.

Ali H&H photo credit Carole PowHe has competed in four Championships since 2006, and was most recently at Aachen this summer.

Liz MacKay said she is “enormously proud” of Islay and he is “a very intelligent and special horse.”

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