A mule won a dressage competition for the first time ever in the UK – on the debut occasion he was allowed to take part.
Wallace The Great had been turned down from official events and was told he could not be a member of British Dressage, as he is half horse, half donkey.
But owner Christie Mclean decided to fight for the mule’s right to be treated equally to a genuine horse or pony – which are a different species, with different chromosomes.
Earlier this month, British Dressage conceded that mules would now be allowed to compete as a testament to ‘to inclusion and diversity in dressage, making the sport more accessible to all.’
For the first time ever in the UK, Wallace the Great competed in a British Dressage Quest Club competition, held at Summerhouse Equestrian, Gloucestershire – and beat eight full-horse competitors.
‘Wallace won first in the intro class, out of nine. We’ll be having a glass of bubbly this evening to celebrate the UK’s first mule in dressage. ‘He was competing against cobs, ponies and horses. There was a bit of everything and he blew them all out of the water. ‘It is giving him a second chance to be somebody – it is about perseverance. I wanted to do this and make him happy. I just want the best for him.’
Wallace is the first ever mule to compete under British dressage and he won with a score of 67.6 per cent (Picture: SWNS)