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Festive Friesians take part in Christmas fun


  • A group of Friesian horse owners created quite a spectacle when they got together recently to celebrate the breed — with a Christmas fun ride.

    The ride took place around the village of Kettins

    The ride took place around the village of Kettins

    10 riders and their horses met in the village of Kettins in Perthshire, central Scotland last Sunday (15 December).

    It was organised by Janine Mason of Friesians Scotland, who sent these photos in to H&H.

    Friesians and their riders enjoying a good canter

    Friesians and their riders enjoying a good canter

    “It was lovely to have a non-competitive day in which we could enjoy good company, our beautiful horses and a 2.5 hour ride through the stunning scenery of Perthshire,” she told H&H.

    “We had a few good canters through the stubble fields with the Santa hats, tinsel and bells all flying as we went.

    “The horses were all very well behaved and not one was upset or even slightly concerned at our — or their — costumes!” added Janine.

    Riders included several happy hackers, showing enthusiast Kirsty Moore and her 6-year-old mare, who has recently started her dressage career, Nicola Ogg, whose young Friesian mare is showing an aptitude for jumping and Janine, who focuses on dressage.

    The day ended with mince pies and mulled wine for the humans — and warm boiled barley for the horses.

    Horse & Hound recommends riders wear safety hats when mounted

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