Farewell Pedro: Shetland friend to the stars retires to the country

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  • Hard-working Shetland Pedro is retiring to the countryside after years of bringing joy to young people in inner-city London.

    The pint-sized star rose to fame after winning hearts by learning to use a specially designed periscope — dubbed a “Pedroscope” — to see out over his stable door.


    He has been living with Ebony Horse Club in Brixton for the past three years and has met numerous celebrities during his time with the charity.

    Sadly arthritis has started to set in and the 17-year-old gelding has moved Surrey to live out his twilight years in the countryside.

    “It was a tough decision as he’s been such an asset to the club and everyone loves having him here, said Dan Cook from the charity.

    “But the welfare of the horses has to take priority, so he’s going to a wonderful home in Epsom that will help his condition.”


    Among his famous pals are Clare Balding, showjumper Ben Maher, the Duchess of Cornwall, presenter Lauren Lavern and author James Bowen (A Street Cat Named Bob).

    “May I wish Pedro a very happy retirement after a life lived in the service of others,” said Clare.

    “He has mastered the art of pretending to let children take control while dragging them towards a patch of tasty grass.

    “He has been a marvellous mascot for Ebony Horse Club as it continues to help children grow in confidence, develop relationships with and learn the discipline of caring for another living being.”

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    The pony will be much missed by his best friend Parker, a miniature poodle who enjoys sitting on Pedro’s back (pictured).

    “Parker was super timid and afraid of everything,” said his owner, senior youth worker Holly Lieberson.

    “Then one day I found him sat next to Pedro in the yard and since then they’ve been inseparable pals. Parker is very sad to see Pedro go, as are we all.”

    The diminutive pony also met feline film star “Bob”, of A Street Cat Named Bob fame.

    “Bob likes horses,” said James (pictured, below, with Bob and Pedro).

    “We used to meet the police horses when we were busking around Covent Garden but he’d never sat on one until we visited Ebony Horse Club and he got a ride on Pedro.

    “It’s an amazing charity that helps young people through introducing them to horses. I know the power that caring for an animal can have.

    The horses help the kids face their problems, like how Bob has helped me. I hope he enjoys his retirement. He deserves it.”


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    Video by Kim Lomax

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