Star of the Royal Opera House stage, Peregrine the Shetland Pony, is staying at Capel Manor College’s farm at Crystal Palace Park for the summer. Four-legged ballet stars are few and far between, but Peregrine, who has featured in five runs of La Fille Mal Gardée with the Royal Ballet, is a veteran of the stage.
In a review of the production, The Guardian described his appearance as ‘characteristically professional’. Following his latest performance, which came to an end in May, Peregrine became something of a social media star despite being the consummate professional and decidedly well behaved.
The staff and students at Capel’s farm at Crystal Palace Park are delighted with their new resident, even though his stay is temporary as the stallion is on loan from Vauxhall City Farm.
Peregrine is cared for by staff and students from the College’s School of Animal Management and Saddlery and the college is hoping that it’s two-legged community have the opportunity to care for Peregrine beyond the summer if an extension to his residency is agreed.
Capel offers a range of courses in animal management and care, including apprenticeships. Statistics made public last week showed the increasing opportunities for those starting out in animal care: “The number setting out in careers in agriculture, animal care and horticulture was up 22.4 per cent [from 2009-10] to 4,480 [four years later].”