You know Christmas isn’t far away when it’s the start of London International Horse Show, which takes place from 13-18 December. This end of year celebration of all things equestrian combines serious competition with lots of festive fun, including masterclasses, demonstrations – and, of course, The Defender Shetland Pony Grand National.

Client Mandy Shepherd’s Shetland pony Cranford Fantastic, known to his friends as Zorro, is one of the pony racing circuit’s most successful campaigners. For the 10th consecutive year, Zorro will be taking part in the Shetland Pony Grand National races at London International, which are always a highlight of this spectacular Christmas Show. Zorro, who is 18 years young, will be partnered by 14-year-old Myla Coppins, who is excited to be competing at London International for the first time.

Mandy explained: “London International is the glittering finale of the Shetland Pony racing season, which starts in April. There’s a programme of races throughout the season open to all Shetland ponies, as well as certain prestigious fixtures that are invitation only. These include Badminton, Windsor, Burghley, Blenheim and London International and Zorro has been successful at all of these. He even competed and won at Aachen, Germany this year (pictured)– what an electric atmosphere that was! But nothing compares to London International.”

We look forward to cheering on Zorro and Myla throughout the week and wish them the very best of luck!