Carl Hester Is Training Up a Mount for Burghley, But It's Not Who You Think

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Carl Hester has a new addition to his training roster for Burghley, but we can guarantee you've never seen an entrant like this mare!

Carl Hester has just announced the newest addition to his training roster. Hester, who trained dressage superstar Valegro, likely needed something to do since the big horse retired, after all. So, Hester has set his sights on preparing a new mount for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in late August. But it's not at all what you would expect.

Hester is working with Pamela, a palomino Shetland Pony who is practicing her dressage for the trials. She'll be the smallest horse to have ever entered the competition, and is likely one of only a handful of palominos, too.

Take a look at the big reveal below.

While Pamela isn't your typical Burghley entrant, there's something else that makes her even more unique. Pamela is a rescue. She and five other Shetlands were rescued by the RSPCA in 2014. They were all suffering from laminitis.

The road back from laminitis is a long one, but Pamela has persisted. Through the hard work of World Horse Welfare, Pamela has recovered. Her diet must be carefully monitored, but she is an absolute rescue success.

Pamela is no ordinary Shetland Pony, especially considering that she's about to make her four-star debut. But with a trainer like Carl Hester behind her, we're sure that she has a very bright future.

Hester will be posting videos chronicling his work with Pamela as he helps her learn the dressage movements required of the tough competition. You can keep up with Pamela through the hashtag #BurghleyPony.

We wish Pamela all the best with her four-star dreams!

Will you be cheering Pamela on in the Burghley Horse Trials? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Carl Hester Is Training Up a Mount for Burghley, But It's Not Who You Think