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'Elliott' gallops ahead of 'Olaf' to win race for foal's new name

By Lesley Houston

Published 17/07/2015

A public appeal to name the foal of a horse rescued from certain death by a local animal charity has resulted in the infant being called 'Elliott'.

The colt is just a few weeks old, and following his birth Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Co Antrim decided to let the public decide his moniker.

His mother Elsa was recently rescued by volunteers at the Ballynoe centre, who assured her future when she was saved from being put down along with five other ponies last month.

Her name, immortalised in the Disney film Frozen, attracted a glut of email suggestions to name her foal either Olaf - after the blockbuster film's comic snowman - or Kristoff, in honour of the movie's romantic hero, who wins the heart of Elsa's sister Ana. Another suggestion was Sven after Kristoff's faithful reindeer.

Despite the appeal of the Frozen theme, Elliott, with its alliterative appeal with mum Elsa's name, won out in the end.

"We had a lot of suggestions of Olaf and Kristoff which, while they would have fitted with his mother's name, we just thought he looked like an Elliott," said the centre's founder and manager Lyn Friel.

"It was one suggestion that we just thought really suited him."

The handsome animal is white and brown and he sports a distinctive white blaze down the middle of his face.

Despite the joyous naming occasion at the centre, staff are still fearful for the future of another horse - a heavily pregnant mare named River - who was snatched between July 1 and 2.

The centre is offering a £1,000 reward for the return of the black and white piebald, with the theft prompting a Just Giving appeal to raise £5,000 to improve security to prevent similar incidents.

"In light of recent events, we urgently want to increase security at Crosskennan to keep all of our rescued animals safe and secure," the appeal states.

Animal lovers who wish to contribute to the animal's care can contact Doagh Equestrian on its behalf by calling 028 9335 2282.

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