A DONKEY foal, who recently became the newest member of an outdoor live show has been named in honour of a Celtic goddess.

Epona, is the protector of horses, donkeys and mules, and the name of Kynren's most recent cast member.

The name was suggested for the donkey by Leia Sunter of Darlington following an online competition.

Ms Sunter is also a member of the Kynren cast and is looking forward to performing with Epona during the 2019 show.

Anna Warnecke Kynren’s director of cavalry and estates said: “As soon as we saw it we all knew Epona was the perfect name for this little foal.

“She’s only a few days old but you can tell she is full of spirit and character and will be a real character as she develops and matures.”

In addition to the donkeys the team look after 33 performance horses who all have a key role to play in the Kynren performances.

They are all grey to make sure they stand out when it gets dark, but the breeds vary to include Lusitanos, Percherons, Wielkopolskis and Kladrubers.

Performed on a 7.5-acre outdoor stage, ‘Kynren – An Epic Tale of England’ features a 100-strong cast.

The live action outdoor theatre event takes place on Saturdays from June 29 to September 14.

For more information or to book tickets visit kynren.com/tickets