A HORSE previously ridden and owned by top polo players Carlos Gracida — tutor to the Royals — and Royston Prisk is living a life of happy retirement thanks to a Torquay woman.
Nata, a 23-year-old Chestnut, was sold to Michelle Wrenn, of Ellacombe, and is jointly owned by Amber Corbitt.
Nata is now living out her life at a stables in St Marychurch.
"Her previous owners thought Nata was 13 and when they discovered her real age they no longer wanted her," claimed Michelle.
"I saw something special in her and bought her. Little did I know that in her prime she would have been worth hundreds of thousands of pounds."
Michelle researched Nata's history and was stunned to discover details of her past.
"I had her passport. There was one stamp from an English vet," she said.
"When I called him and said Nata's name, he said he would call me back in 10 minutes. He phoned and confirmed it was the well known polo horse."
Michelle has now been in touch with Royston Prisk.
She said: "He just wants a good life for Nata and has offered to help in any way he can."
Royston said he was thrilled that the horse he considered his 'pet' had found a great home and he wants to visit Nata.
He told the Herald Express: "She is an exceptional horse and to me one of the best horses I ever rode. She truly is special.
"I had her for six years and played polo this year at the O2 Arena in the Gaucho International Polo event with her. I believe she played in the Argentinean Open, which is the pinnacle of polo.
"I knew how old she was when I looked after her. Towards the end she had an injury and then another and she would have been 25 by the time she would have played again. I didn't think it was fair on her to keep playing. She was later sold."
Carlos Gracida has taught both Prince William and Prince Harry polo and is reportedly the Queen's favourite player.
"I saw Carlos at the Gaucho while I was with Nata and said to him, do you know this horse? He nodded and watched my game," said Royston.