Jonty Evans is trying to raise funds to buy Art before the horse's owners sell him, and has raised £75,000 of his half a million pound target
Jonty, 45, of Trefriw, was devastated to learn Cooley Rorkes Drift - aka Art - the horse he has ridden and trained for six years, is now being sold by his owners.
The former pupil of Trefriw and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Secondary School, grew up in North Wales “riding hairy ponies” with Aberconwy Pony Club; his family still lives in Trefriw and were at the Rio Olympics to see him place 9th.
But now he faces being parted from the horse he calls “my best mate”.
Jonty, whose training yard is in Shipton Oliffe, near Cheltenham, said: “Unfortunately, the success that Art and I have achieved has not gone unnoticed, and there have been some huge offers made for him to be sold.
“His owners have a young family and I totally understand their need to accept an offer.