"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
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
Winners were: Single Trotting - Kate Merry and Baronshill Briar
Pairs Trotting - Baronshill Briar Rose & Kate Merry and Townend
Bellman & June Wells.
Children's Fancy Dress - Mia Hughes (age 3) on Eastcote Jenny
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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