Stan unfortunately passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in august 2010. For 10 years he was my best friend, my shoulder to cry on, my relaxation, my rosette machine. He took me from nothing to top level competition, he taught me all about quirky competition ponies. He got me through some very hard times, without him I may not still be here.
He was my pony of a life time, an absolute saint who could turn on the sparkle in the ring for me and yet still be safe enough to go on the leadrein and give a young disabled girl her first ever experience at a show. Everyone loved him, he had manners in spades and no one ever had a bad word to say about him. His favourite trick was giving kisses and he was happy to spend an hour lying in the stable with me for cuddles. He truly had a heart of gold.
He fought so hard for me, when the vets wrote him off after an accident as never being rideable again, he kept fighting, he spent 6 months locked in a stable and never hiccupped about it. He came back into work with a smile on his face and a kick in his gallop and he went back to doing what he loved which was going to shows!
I truly think that this pony deserves a portrait done as he was one of Gods special little horse, who gave me everything and asked for nothing in return
And this photo below is my favourite photo of him, it shows his character and just how stunning a pony he realy was.