Devon author Lady Elizabeth Kitson will be presenting the trophy to the winning Champion Ridden Hunter Show Pony at the Royal Bath and West Show that is named after her famous pony Legend.
Lady Elizabeth will attend the show on June 3 to present the historic trophy that was first awarded in the early 1950s by her parents Colonel and Lady Spencer in memory of their homebred 13.2hh Legend who is one of the most successful show ponies of all time.
Last year, Forelock Books published Lady Elizabeth’s memoir about Legend on whom she won at the Royal International Horse Show three years running from 1946 to 1948, and at the first Horse of The Year Show in 1949 as well as many supreme championships, including at the Royal Bath and West Show.
The book has since become a best seller in the equestrian world, with many children drawing inspiration from her beguiling story.
Lady Elizabeth said: “It has sold very well, and I’ve had letters from so many people, including one child who dressed as me, and took a toy pony, to her school’s World Book Day!”
A renowned artist, Lady Elizabeth has illustrated the book with her own paintings and she tells her story through both her own and Legend’s eyes giving a touching and amusing insight into the human world from a horse’s point of view.
She says: “It was fun imagining I was Legend. We grew up together and I was just a year older. Legend had so much character and he always had such a sense of enjoyment about him. He loved life. It will be lovely present The Legend Trophy at Bath and West. It has been presented every year for nearly 70 years now.”
Michelle Charman of publishers Forelock Books said: “When Lady Elizabeth first sent her manuscript we were enthralled. It is such a lovely story that is so poignant as it recalls life during the World War Two and after in such a touching way. The book has proved an inspiration to so many people, both adults and children alike, and we are delighted to have been able to put Lady Elizabeth’s story in print.”
Forelock Books will have a stand at the show, and Lady Elizabeth will be signing copies of Legend on June 3.