The Shetland Pony Grand National is where it all begins for many young jockeys. Not only do these pocket rocket ponies provide adrenaline fuelled entertainment for the crowds, but they also provide a great introduction for those children who aspire to wanting a career in racing.

Racing all over the country raising money for a chosen charity, children aged between 8 and 14 years old compete up and down the country throughout the year for one of ten places at the world famous ‘ The London International Horse Show’.

This years chosen charity is the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, with all funds raising going to cancer research.

Did you know…

There are a number of professional jockeys that started their racing career with the Shetland Grand National?

Including the likes of…

  • Sam Twiston-Davis
  • Tom Garner
  • Joseph Akehurst
  • Freddie Mitchell
  • Jack Mitchell
  • Charlie Bennett
  • George Wood
  • Charlie Todd
  • Sage Osbourne
  • Olive Nicholls
  • Freddie Keighley

2016 Champion Flat Jockey, Jim Crowley started his racing career with the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Shetlands are very versatile little ponies, and can be the perfect companion, or stable mate – providing support and friendship for horses who suffer from anxiety separation. With the livelier nature of thoroughbreds, having a companion pony can be of great benefit in keeping their cool, preventing further stress and having them focused on the job they’re doing.

Planning a visit any time soon? Don’t forget to head to the Rothschild Yard and come and say hello to our latest residents Kizzy and Harry, our miniature Shetlands.

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