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Wenlo RDA: Bobbysocks Success!

(February 12, 2015)



Wenlo have had the privilege of welcoming Claire from BETA, Ed Bracher & Caroline Ward from RDA National and Anna from BE Rural Business Awards to present resident RDA and Meadow School of Riding pony, Bobbysocks, with his prestigious BETA ‘Year of the Horse’ award.  His award is an absolutely stunning portrait, by artist Gabriele Laubinger, commissioned by BETA. 


After the unveiling of the portrait and the photo shoot, we all had a chance to talk about Bobbysocks and the amazing work of RDA over a hot drink and a piece of celebratory cake.   


When it came to writing the nomination for Bobbysocks, it was a pleasure as he has been an outstanding pony on so many levels, for so many people, especially as an RDA volunteer pony for over 16 years!  It was lovely to hear so many stories and experiences that people have had with him over the years.  Bobbysocks is such a special pony that has touched the hearts and souls of so many people and given each and every child, both able-bodied and children with disabilities, the confidence to learn to ride and their parents the confidence that their children are in 'safe hooves'.  He really is a superstar pony, truly one in a million.   


It has been said that if Bobbysocks were a human, he should be called ‘Just William’, with his socks around his knees and covered in grass stains, which just about sums up his character!  Bobbysocks is due to retire, but will always be remembered by countless people as the real ‘once in a lifetime pony’ and his retirement is more than deserved after the years of happiness he has given and the consistent positive impact every day of his life to every one who’s been lucky enough to spend time with him.


All of us at Wenlo are so incredibly proud that Bobbysocks has been given this award, from hundreds of national entries, this little pony proved himself to be deserving of the ‘Year of the Horse’ title and his beautiful portrait which we will hang at the yard for everyone to enjoy.  



Written by Susan, Wenlo RDA

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