Hailsham’s Tindall ties the knot at ‘Royal’ wedding

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An animal charity celebrated its own royal wedding night when a rescue horse called Tindall got married.

The handsome Andalusian horse was named after the England rugby player Mike Tindall because of his distinctive crooked nose.

Tindall got hitched to field mate Tilly the pony ahead of the rugby player’s wedding to HRH Zara Phillips this weekend.

Jennifer Harker, 35, a volunteer for Happy Endings charity who cares for Tindall, said: “Tindall came to stay with us recently and fell in love with a little pony called Tilly who lives in the field next to his.

“They spend hours grooming each other over the fence, it was an unbridled love affair.

“Just like Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips they are a match made in heaven so we thought we would have our own royal wedding.”

The royal couple are due to marry in a lavish low key ceremony in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on July 30. The equine wedding was held in a meadow in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and Tilly wore a special veil and tiara.

Miss Harker said: “It was very romantic. Tindall couldn’t keep his eyes off his beautiful bride, he gave Tilly a little nuzzle on the neck during the ceremony.

“They promised to love each other in sickness and in hoof and then tied the knot.”

Tindall suffers from a condition call Wry Nose, where his head was crushed in the womb bending his nose and jaw out of shape and leaving him with missing and misshapen teeth on the left hand side.

He was dumped because he could not be ridden and was luckily taken in by Happy Endings Rescue, based in Hailsham, east Sussex, before being moved to his foster home in Wellingborough, Northants.

He was named Tindall by staff because of his uncanny likeness to the England player who has broken his nose a number of times.

Because of his medical condition Tindall will remain a permanent residents at Happy Endings - a no kill sanctuary which has sites at Sevenoaks in Kent and Hailsham in east Sussex.

Chris Johns, co-founder of the charity, added: “It’s great Tindall has found love - just like his namesake. We hope the royal couple enjoy their big day as much as Tindall and Tilly did.

“Like many of the animals that come into Happy Endings poor Tindall has not had the best start in his life. He was unwanted because he cannot be ridden but he’s got such a lovely, friendly nature he is a wonderful companion and thanks to our kind supporters he has got a long and happy future ahead of him.”

The charity also has rabbits, horses, goats, donkeys and chickens which need good homes. Many of the animals feature on Happy Endings website at http://www.happyendingsrescue.org

To find out more supporting Tindall’s future or giving any of his friends a good home contact Chris on 07809 721309 or email Happy Endings at info@happyendingsrescue.org