A Cobham Shetland pony has achieved unbridled fame by being named as the Face of Amazon Pets, in a national search to find the most adorable pet of 2018.

Crème Brulee, who lives at Shetland Pony Club, in Stoke d’Abernon, fought off competition from thousands of pets across the country to win the top prize in the internet retail giant’s awards.

His owner, Maddie Norris, from Cobham, said: "We are so proud of Crème Brulee, we knew he was special and destined for great things.

“His long blonde eye lashes and fluffy coat make him the ‘mane’ attraction at Shetland Pony Club, and he loves to dress up.

“He is going to love the ‘horse-play’ and attention from his win. We’ll buy some tasty pony treats and a rug for him from his Face of Amazon Pets winnings.”

The 17-year-old male Shetland pony Crème Brulee was one of the pets to rack up the most likes and shares on social media during the competition.

Having been chosen by the judges for the top prize, he and his owner were awarded the main prize of a £1,500 Amazon Gift Card and a photoshoot with professional pet photographer Rachel Oates, images from which will be featured on the Amazon.co.uk Pet Supplies Store this autumn.

“Crème Brulee was a delight to be photographed. He was so at ease in front of the camera showing off some of his best moves and he posed like a pro,” said Rachel Oates, Face of Amazon Pets photographer and judge.

“From what I have seen, Crème Brulee is far from a one trick pony and could well have a modelling career ahead of him.”

Crème Brulee and his friends at Shetland Pony Club are available for children aged 2½ – 10 years old to ride, by appointment only.