A horse from an inner-city equestrian charity has been named Daily Mirror Inspirational Animal of the Year.

Ebony Horse Club’s, Splash, has helped hundreds of children enjoy the benefits of riding, as well as assisted with prison projects.

The 10-year-old skewbald cob has also taken part in competitions, joined a Blue Peter challenge and visited Clarence House, home of the charity’s president HRH Duchess of Cornwall.

Naomi Howgate, general manager at Ebony Horse Club, said she and the team were delighted Splash had been recognised at the Daily Mirror’s Animal Hero Awards 2020.

“He is the most patient and kind horse that has taught hundreds of young people to ride but also helped them with their confidence and been a true friend to them,” she said.

“He has always been a hero to us and deserves all the recognition that comes with this award, he will be getting plenty of extra carrots in his dinner tonight”.

Splash takes part in riding lessons and horse care sessions, benefitting well over 100 young people every week.

The youngsters who attend the charity are from urban south London, have little or no other access to animals and nature and are often facing many challenges.

Splash is one of eight horses at Ebony, stabled beneath railway arches in Brixton.

Splash not only helps these youngsters learn to ride, but also develop skills like empathy and communication,” added a spokesman for the charity.

“Importantly he is also a friend and confidante for many young people.

“He has probably taught up to 1,000 kids over the five years he has been at Ebony.”

Alongside his efforts at the stables, Splash has been involved in a prison project.

The programme, run in collaboration with charity Key For Life, teaches young men to work with horses on the ground to build up confidence and trust.