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Dressage champion urges equestrian chiefs not to ban her rescue mule from competition after he triumphed against adversity to beat his purebred rivals Wallace the Great won his right to compete after a social media campaign  International Federation for Equestrian Sports now threatening to change rules  Rider Christie Mclean said: 'Wallace is a unique animal and it would be a real shame if this rule goes through' 

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline

Published: 10:46 BST, 21 July 2019 | Updated: 10:46 BST, 21 July 2019

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A mule who has triumphed against diversity to win dressage competitions against purebred horses now faces being barred from the sport. 

Wallace the Great won over the nation's hearts on social media when an online campaign allowed him to enter British Dressage competitions. 

Christie Mclean, 32, rode Wallace to victory last year in his first official competition in the sport - which sees horses 'dance' in highly skilled routines. 

Wallace the Great won over the nation's hearts on social media when an online campaign allowed him to enter British Dressage competitions

Wallace the Great won over the nation's hearts on social media when an online campaign allowed him to enter British Dressage competitions

Wallace the Great

Christie Mclean, 32, rode Wallace to victory last year in his first official competition in the sport - which sees horses 'dance' in highly skilled routines

Christie Mclean, 32, rode Wallace to victory last year in his first official competition in the sport - which sees horses 'dance' in highly skilled routines

But Wallace's talent appears to have upset senior equestrian enthusiasts and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) is now considering a change to its rule book which would stop him from entering.   

The determined 12-year-old was rescued by a donkey sanctuary seven years ago after he appeared in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and started eating residents' flowers.

He is the hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse and

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