A horse and a parrot have struck up an unusual friendship after they were introduced on the Parley Court estate in Dorset.
Robbie, eight, a traditional cob, and Smokey, 42, an African grey, now meet up regularly in the horse’s paddock.
Earlier this year she decided to take Smokey back to the estate where he had lived with a previous owner.
When she stopped to feed Robbie she took Smokey with her to see what would happen.
The pair hit it off right away, appearing to enjoy each other’s company.
And now Alison, who lives in Creekmoor, Poole, takes Smokey to visit Robbie as often as she can.
She said: “I’ve had Robbie for two years and keep him at Parley where I work.
“Smokey I’ve had for three years and because he lived with a previous owner on the estate I decided to take him back to say hello.
“I stopped to feed Robbie and because Smokey was in the car I thought I’d introduce them.
“I wasn’t sure how they’d react, and at first they seemed quite curious about each other and then they became quite friendly.
“They only meet for a few minutes at a time, but they get excited when they see each other.”
Pic caption: Robbie, Smokey and Alison
Notes to editors:
Parley Golf Centre in Dorset is set within a beautiful 800 acre farming estate next to the River Stour close to Bournemouth Airport.
It is home to the 17th century Parley Manor and to Parley Equestrian Centre. Wildlife includes roe deer, badgers, foxes and a pair of rare Grey Partridges. And you are likely to see a family of alpacas roaming around too!
Parley Golf Centre opened in 1991 as a six-hole course, but quickly expanded to nine holes and a 27-bay, floodlit driving range was added.
Currently the site is being transformed into a centre of excellence (which does not affect the course). When completed it will be twice its current size.
The nine-hole course is being rebuilt with carefully configured tees allowing for a round of 18 with a total distance of 5,111 yards.
Indoors will be further putting facilities as well as other innovations to accompany the popular café/bar.
There will be a private room with a driving bay that will include seating and will be available for hire and for business meetings.
Head greenkeeper Ian Noble is assisted by Mark Gregory and John Morey.
Resident professionals include Chris Brook, Marcus Urbye, and Peter Thompson.
For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965
Notes to journalists
Parley Equestrian Centre was launched in 2009 and has an excellent reputation amongst dressage riders and show jumpers. The centre is run by equestrian expert Jane Wyatt who has led two horses to victory in the national Horse of the Year competition.
The centre is set within a beautiful 800 acre farming estate next to the River Stour, which is home to the 17th century Parley Manor and to Parley Golf Centre.
Facilities include a competition-level floodlit 60m by 40m Turfloat all-weather arena with mirrors and an irrigation system, British Showjumping jumps and a commentators’ box. There’s also a 20 metre lunge pen and 47 stables with full or partial livery service available.
The centre is regularly used for both British Showjumping and unaffiliated showjumping competitions.
A second outdoor school acts as a warm up arena ahead of competitions.
There’s also a floodlit lorry park.