St Mawgan's Mr Happy could be UK's next trot model
FROM a pretty pink stable in St Mawgan to trotting his way down the red carpet, Mr Happy is the model horse – literally.
The Lipizzaner-cross-shire, who is said to be "unfazed" by his new-found fame, already has his own website, but now superhorse Mr Happy could be set for Hollywood stardom after modelling in a 12-hour fashion shoot in London.
The 17-year-old, with feet the size of dinner plates and also known as the 'mystical white horse', made the trip from his St Mawgan home near Newquay to London before being transformed into a pink unicorn for the shoot.
He was then photographed carrying a princess, led by the hussar, through makeshift snow with children and puppies following close behind.
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The pictures are now featured in London department store Fortnum and Mason's Christmas catalogue – this being the first time in the company's history that animals were used in the publication.
Mr Happy's owner, Rosie Malcolm, said it had been an "exiting experience".
"For the past several years Mr Happy has been used for photoshoots, modelling and a music video but this summer he had his big break," she said.
"We are with a few animal agencies in Cornwall and have had the odd call but nothing really came of much.
"Then we had a call to say we had been chosen for a promotional shoot but they could not tell us what it was going to be initially.
"It was an incredibly exciting experience for Mr Happy and myself.
"Mr Happy was very well behaved and even gave all the children and crew individual rides around the woods at the end of the day."
The dashing white 17hh-tall horse, whose mane nearly reaches the floor in length, also has its own social networking accounts on both Twitter and Facebook.
He also enjoys more traditional equestrian hobbies, and has competed with British Eventing at BE80 level in the past.
Rosie said Mr Happy was excited about his future career but promised to remember his roots.
"Mr Happy likes being the centre of attention but is quite happy to return home and just be left alone," she said.
"He enjoys resting in his quiet stable with his companion Mervin and doesn't really see what all the fuss is about. Maybe he thinks 'surely every horse is as beautiful as me?'
"He enjoys eventing but he just runs out of puff on the cross-country.
"My mother rides him daily and he hunts with the Four Burrow."
Mr Happy is available for TV, film, photoshoots and music videos. To see his portfolio visit www.mrhappy whitehorsemodel.com