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Last surviving Black Beauty horse commemorated with special plaque

Billy is seeing out his older years in Llandysul with owner Louise

A horse which starred in the children's classic film Black Beauty has been awarded a special plaque dedicated to celebrating the nation's most amazing animals.

Billy, who is 29, and now lives near Llandysul in Ceredigion, was one of five stallions who played the role in the 1994 version of the film.

Billy still enjoys the limelight with visitors travelling from all over the country to see him
Billy turned 29 this year

Now in his golden years and in retirement, owner Louise said "Welsh life suits him".

He just has the easy life now.

He enjoys going out in the field every day. He gets quite special treatment because he's our superstar.

– Louise Maryon, Billy's owner
The plaque reads 'home to one of Britain's best-loved horse actors'

This year Billy was given a special green plaque - the animal equivalent of the blue plaques that are placed on the homes of famous people.

It's amazing to think this plaque will be here - we can have a piece of him here forever.

– Louise Maryon, Billy's owner

The film is a 1994 adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel of the same name which stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis.

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