Down to the Wire: 2.18.14 – Another Gift Horse

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Another Gift Horse


Most people know that famed actress Judi Dench received her 7th Oscar nomination this year for her role in the movie Philomena, but you may not know that she is also the patron of the East Park Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and has just gifted the Little Brook Equestrian Centre her beloved race horse Smokey Oakey.

According to an article on the Horse & Country website by by Charlotte Ricca-Smith, the nine year old horse only came off the track last October after winning at Brighton. Smokey recently started show jumping and there are plans for him to start competing in the spring.

“Smokey is a very special horse, with so much still to give, who deserves the chance to live his new life to the full,” said Dame Judi. “I know that he will be much loved at Little Brook and will receive the patient care and retraining he needs to help him reach his potential away from the racecourse.”

Read the full article here.

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