TWO snowy white ponies made a little girl’s dream come true.
Seven-year-old Harriet Bolderson won a competition in The News to come up with the perfect stage names for this year’s King’s Theatre stars.
The Portsmouth High School pupil entered the competition with her grandmother Delia Bolderson and together they chose the Christmassy names Sparkle and Spangle for the Shetland ponies.
They beat dozens of other entries to win the opportunity to meet the 20-year-old four-legged stars in their temporary home in the pool room of The Phoenix pub, Collingwood Road, Southsea.
Wrapped up against the chilly winter air, Harriet got the chance to feed them apples she had taken along as a treat.
She said: ‘They’re lovely. I like the jingle bells in Sparkle’s mane.
‘They are friendly and I liked feeding them.’
Afterwards the youngster was joined by her parents for a performance of Cinderella at The Kings.
Mrs Bolderson, of Stanley Street, Southsea, said: ‘When Harriet was little she had a riding lesson on a horse but she’s never got this close to such beautiful ponies before.
‘She’s been looking forward to it so much.
‘We took her to Jack and the Beanstalk at The Kings last year and she just loved it.
‘Harriet’s actually been on the stage herself performing in a nativity. We watched the recording just the other day. It was lovely.’
Harriet said one day she would like to play a princess at the famous theatre.
She added: ‘I can’t wait to see the ponies come on stage. I’ll know that I gave them their names.’
The ponies have been getting lots of attention from punters at the pub and are well looked after with plenty of hay and vegetables.
Ashley Harley, who works front of house at the theatre, is in charge of the ponies.
She said: ‘Sparkle and Spangle are the most perfect names for them.
‘They are well behaved and we’ve only had one accident so far.
‘That was on the first night so I think it was because she was a little bit nervous.’
The ponies will be in 45 performances.
After that they will travel back home to Berkshire but will be missed by all those at the pub and young Harriet.
Cinderella runs from tomorrow until January 1. To book call the box office on (023) 9282 8282.