While painting my latest portrait of a grey hunter, I couldn't help but think of names that might suit this beautiful pony best. I usually keep a running list of names I like that might compliment horses of various breeds and colour. I also keep a list of fancier names for show horses and clever names I come across for children's ponies.
For this grey, I wanted a strong name that would also tie in nicely with the various shades of grey in his coat and could play on the changing seasons. After watching a trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones season premier, the perfect name for this beauty came to me – Winterfell. Most fans of the books or series will recognize this name right away at the location of the Stark family's castle in the North.
With his velvety nose, soulful eyes and fine features, Winterfell could be every bit a king's trusty steed as he could be a regal, modern day hunter – with a bit of imagination.