Bentley: Fresh from their appearances in War Horse and Pirates of the Caribeean, film horses take a break from the silver screen at a riding school just outside Ipswich

Lauren Hayward with film star horses Poppy and Blue, who are now based at Bentley Riding School

Lauren Hayward with film star horses Poppy and Blue, who are now based at Bentley Riding School - Credit: Archant

They might not have trotted down the red carpet with their famous Hollywood co-stars, but horses Blue and Poppy have played their parts in some of the silver screen’s biggest hits.

And now, following their appearances in the film adaptation of War Horse, the brother and sister are taking a break away from the cameras – at a riding school just outside of Ipswich.

The duo have been stabled at Bentley Riding School for just over a year, where they have been worked with seasoned and amateur riders.

Mannie Beaven, the riding school’s owner, said: “They are really nice horses. They have a lovely temperament. You can tell they have been film horses because they are not fazed by anything.

“People are surprised because they are in there with the other school horses, they don’t have fur-lined stables. They are just in a line with the other horses.”


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As well as War Horse, they were also seen in Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides, where they pulled a carriage carrying Johnny Depp.

Mrs Beaven, a member of the British show jumping team, added: “They are resting here between their film career.

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“They are very popular and people do come and look at them.”

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