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NZ Horse & Pony - - Your Letters -


This month’s win­ner is Ojoe, who was nom­i­nated by Ser­ena Jo Green­wood of Christchurch. E veryone who met Ojoe went ‘awwww!’ at first sight. Be­ing the cheeky lit­tle Welsh moun­tain pony he was, he had no trou­ble charm­ing car­rots out of many a hand. But be­hind those beau­ti­ful big eyes he was se­cretly plan­ning his next crime! Ojoe was a pony with spunk. Even at 27 years he was still itch­ing to take off at a gal­lop around the pad­dock as soon as he was mounted!

How­ever, he was a great con­fi­dence­builder for many peo­ple over the years, in­clud­ing me. I went to my first show on him and he helped me win many rib­bons over my time with him. Very sadly, un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances led me to leave the rid­ing school that owned him. I can as­sure you that when­ever I am asked by my rid­ing friends these days who my favourite pony is, I still will say Ojoe!

I re­cently found out that Ojoe was di­ag­nosed with cancer and had to be put down. I wanted to say thank you, Ojoe, on be­half of all who have loved him. He was truly one in a mil­lion.

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