Love this story which appeared in the Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazette yesterday, possibly love the pic even more!
Sparkle the horse was the “mane” attraction at his 30th birthday party.
The Palomino Welsh cob marked the milestone – equivalent to 85 human years – with owner Jan Collins and other riders.
Jan, 45, from East Boldon, said: “Sparkle has reached the age of 30 against all odds and everyone who knows him wanted to mark the occasion, so we decided to celebrate his birthday while also raising money for horse charities.”
Sparkle has spent most of his life competing and over the years has won many dressage, showjumping, cross-country and veteran competitions