Rescue pony Pongo has qualified for the Royal International Horse Show after being nursed back to health at a horse sanctuary.
The pony has already got a string of successes under his saddle after being treated at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary and then rehomed.
Pongo was found at the roadside in 2009 in a neglected state and with a deep wound.
Since then he has found happiness with new owner Rosie and won the Reserve Champion in the In-Hand Piebald and Skewbald Championship at the Suffolk Show in 2011, before qualifying this year to take part in the Royal International Horse Show in July.
Nicola Markwell, of Redwings, said: “Some of our rescue horses and ponies have already gone on to enjoy competition success but Pongo has amazed us all by reaching such a high level so quickly.
“To think the sad, scruffy pony who bore the pain of a headcollar slicing through his flesh with such dignity will be rubbing shoulders with the showing elite is heart-warming.
“Pongo is obviously a beautiful pony but it is his bond with his guardian Rosie and her family that makes us particularly proud to have rescued him, restored his health and then found him such a wonderful new home.
“Everyone at Redwings wishes Pongo and Rosie every success. They are a perfect partnership and we are thrilled at their blossoming friendship.”
Pongo, whose full name is Redwings Master Blaster, will be competing at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on July 17, in the Skewbald & Piebald Native/Traditional Small Ridden Pony Class.