Prepare Yourself For The Cutest Horse Ride Ever
Horse racing is fun, exciting, and even stunning. But it’s never been thought of as “cute.” After all, those powerful thoroughbreds with serious mounts would hardly appreciate the term of endearment. But there is one horse race in the world that is definitely cute.
It’s the Shetland Pony Grand National and up until now, I didn’t even know it existed. Now that I do, I can’t believe I have been missing this my entire life!
Kids, ages 9-14 and under 5 feet tall, can participate in this race, astride – you guessed it – Shetland Ponies!
There are qualifying races throughout the year, where kids and their ponies can race for a chance to be in the Grand National, which is held in December. This year’s was held at Olympia at the London International Horse Show. 11 jockeys were chosen for the honor of running at Olympia.
The point? For kids to have fun and raise money for a nominated charity each year. The past few years, they have been raising money for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. They have a goal of 50,000 Euro ($54,860 USD) to build a new recovery suite in the hospital.
Plus, it’s darn cute (Have we said that? Can we say it enough?)
Watch the race here: