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Miniature pony attends glitzy award ceremony in London

Theresa McCaffrey

The first image shows pony Kelloggs with owner Caroline Seignot and her father Michael Seignot.
The second image shows pony Twiggy (who was shortlisted for Rescue Animal of the Year) being bottle fed shortly after being rehomed.

 

‘Kelloggs’ took a trip to London this week to attend the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards on behalf of his RSPCA rescued pony pal

The tiny pony trotted down the red carpet at the star-studded event on Wednesday (October 21) amongst celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Dr Brian May and host of the evening Amanda Holden.

The miniature Shetland Kelloggs is a ‘therapy’ pony who visits elderly residents at care homes, nursery school children and attends birthday parties for people of all ages.

He was attending the glitzy ceremony on behalf of his best friend and fellow therapy pony Twiggy, who was nominated for the Rescue Animal of the Year Award but sadly couldn’t make the event.

Twiggy was found by the RSPCA in a storm drain at the side of a road in May 2014 when she was just a day old. Despite searches of the area, nobody came forward to claim her, and no mare was found to be missing a newborn foal.

After receiving treatment at Liphook Equine Hospital, Twiggy was rehomed as to Pony Pals Therapy in Haslemere, Surrey, run by Caroline Seignot, previously an equine veterinary nurse.

Caroline said: “Twiggy’s kind and gentle nature shone through, and I knew straight away she would be perfect to join my therapy ponies.

“Horses bring so much pleasure and comfort to people, and because of Twiggy’s size she can easily visit care homes. I really hope people will see how much joy Twiggy has brought to people, despite her terrible start in life, and consider rehoming a rescue pony from places like the RSPCA.

“When I first rehomed Twiggy I slept on the sofa to give her the hourly feeds that she required for the first month. As time went on and she grew stronger, I had a busy diary of therapy visits to attend and Twig tagged along too. The residents enjoyed bottle feeding her and cuddling her. She has grown into a fine filly and despite being left unwanted, this little thrown away foal has won the hearts of all of those that have met her.”

RSPCA chief vet James Yeates, who was also on the judging panel, said: “The day our inspectors found little Twiggy at the side of the road, completely alone, she was so tiny and helpless. She would not have survived much longer if she hadn’t been rescued, let alone have come on in such leaps and bounds in her new home. I am so proud of her achievements and of the work of her dedicated RSPCA carers. To be recognised here at these prestigious awards is a huge accolade in itself.”

Caroline added:“Although Twiggy was unable to attend the event and didn’t win an award, Kelloggs was only too pleased to oblige and be there on behalf of Twiggy to celebrate her achievement. He is just over a year old but absolutely loved his trip to London. We had a stroll around St James’ Park and were stopped in the street by so many people wanting to meet him and take his picture.”

Twiggy was shortlisted for Rescue Animal of the Year alongside Miracle the dog who was rescued by the Soi Dog Foundation from the meat trade in Thailand, and Britain’s last circus elephant Anne, who was rescued by Animal Defenders International in 2011. It was Miracle who took the trophy home and was crowned Rescue Animal of the Year.

Stars and celebrities gathered for the Animal Hero Awards event, which was sponsored by the RSPCA and Bayer Pharmaceuticals and held at glamorous venue 8 Northumberland in London. The awards, which is now in its third year, celebrates the triumphs of animals and people who have made outstanding contributions to protect and care for animals.