HOYS mini champion pony dies of a heart attack

By Nicola Jane Swinney on |


Three-year-old Izzy Walker takes lead rein class at the North of England Show

A little mare described as the “best pony in world” died suddenly of a heart attack last Sunday (July 17). Barkway Magic Moment (Mo) had been loaned by Robert and Sarah Walker for their three-year-old daughter, Izzy.

“Mo introduced Izzy to showing in the most amazing style, having qualified for the Royal International and HOYS at their first attempt,” said Robert, who admitted that it had been the “saddest and most heartbreaking” 24 hours.

“Not only was Mo a champion, but she was also a child’s best friend. I don’t know how we will ever replace her. Words can’t describe how devastated we are — she really was the best pony in the world. Thank you, Mo darling, for looking after my princess. I will never forget you. RIP my beautiful.”

Clearly emotional, Walker added: “Can anyone who sees Izzy at shows please not mention it, because we have told her that Mo-Mo has gone to hospital, just not to break her heart. Our thoughts go to the Speakman family, who loved Mo as much as we did.”

Magic Moment, by Beckside Little Toff out of Starlyte Merry Bee, had been the perfect first pony for many young jockeys, having stood mini champion at HOYS in 2012 and won at the Royal International.


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