Midlands West Area Fell Pony Support Group - a support group for all lovers of fell ponies or native ponies

 Seighford "Leg It" - 22nd July 2006

In July the annual "Leg It" (timed trotting over a measured mile) and gymkhana was held at The Yews Farm, Seighford, Stafford by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Fred Waterfall. Despite the earlier heat wave and threat of thunderstorms the trotting got off to a good start and with fairly overcast conditions the weather proved to be excellent.

New for this year was the inter-group trotting challenge between the Midlands East and Midlands West area groups. The final times were extremely close but the Midlands East emerged victorious. An annual challenge cup sponsored by
www.nativeponiesonline.co.uk was presented to the winners and will again be contested at next year's races.

Following a children's, and rather dramatic Adult's Fancy Dress class, the ever popular Handy Pony competition was held which this year had both ridden and in-hand sections. Unfortunately just before the gymkhana races began, the heavens opened and rain definitely stopped play. Even so with such a dry summer everybody seemed delighted to see the rain and all went home with a smile on their face!

Fell Ponies taking part were Baronshill Briar Rose, Bewcastle Boy Blue, Bewcastle Bonnie Lad, Breeze, Burnhead Folly, Eastcote Jenny Wren, Langdonsdale Dene Dust, Scotgate Solitaire, Towend Bellman.

Winners were: Single Trotting - Kate Merry and Baronshill Briar Rose,
Pairs Trotting - Baronshill Briar Rose & Kate Merry and Townend Bellman & June Wells.
Children's Fancy Dress - Mia Hughes (age 3) on Eastcote Jenny Wren.
Adult Fancy Dress - Townend Bellman & June Wells.
Handy Pony (Ridden) - Anne Shuker on Burnhead Folly.
Handy Pony (Lead Rein) Katherine Key and Fell Friend, Smokey.
Handy Pony (In Hand ) - Bewcastle Bonnie Lad and Mary Longsdon.

Many thanks to Mrs Dorothy Billings who judged both the Fancy Dress and Handy Pony.

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