19 October 2016

It is with great regret that I write this to inform all of the sad passing of Gary and Elaine Brown's beloved pony Solomon.

Solomon was put peacefully to sleep on 19 October 2016 at the grand old age of 21 years.

Gary and Elaine had owned Solomon since he was a foal, having acquired him due to the fact that the owner of the 'loan' mare they were driving at the time wanted the mare back but not the foal.

Throughout his competition career Solomon qualified for the National Championships no less than 11 times.

At the National Championships Solomon took Gary to 2nd place in Open Pony (2007), 3rd place in Advanced Pony (2011) and even took Elaine to the National Novice Championship final in 2015.

There are too many ''club'' wins to mention. A well known pony on the Chester club, NEDTL club and National circuit Solomon also took Gary to win the Fenix Advanced British Carriage Driver of the Year Award in 2012 and Elaine to win the Howden Novice British Carriage Driver of the Year Award in 2015.

With Gary back in the 'box seat' this year, the ''infamous'' whistle could be heard again when Solomon produced the fastest Open Pony marathon of the day at Escrick Park in May.

Solomon then went on to give Gary and Elaine a superbly competitive win in the Openy Pony Class at Hopetoun National where he yet again qualified for the National Championships 2016. Sadly Solomon was not to make his final Championship as he sustained an injury during the dressage at Sandringham.

No words will describe the hole now left in Gary and Elaine's world but nor would they be able to describe the years of joy, excitement and love Solomon provided as a faithful part of their family.

Solomon has been laid to rest in a befitting place ''on top of the world'' with fields of green and a wonderful view of which he would dearly love to run a marathon; his forte.

My only personal regret is that I never got to drive the ''little legend'' of a pony, Solomon.

Deb Daniel
(photo by Alwin Harrison)


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