by Kristin Berkery
A 2008 qualifying race for the Shetland Pony Grand National. Photo by Peter Facey
be more adorable than Shetland ponies
running full speed over jumps with kid jockeys astride wearing real racing silks? It’s no publicity stunt — it’s an annual fund raising tradition held at the Olympia, London International Horse Show
The jockeys are children aged 9 to 13 who’ve competed for at least one year in eventing disciplines and must run qualifying races to earn one of ten spots in the pint-sized steeplechase race. All mounts must be registered with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society.