Enthusiasts can now learn more about five of the UK native breeds at the Roadshow of Native Ponies which is to be held across four days in 2022/2023.
The event is aimed at judges, stewards and competitors who want to learn more about specific breeds and their heritages.
The following four venues will host the roadshow:
Northern — Unicorn Centre (North Yorkshire) 18 April
Scottish — Champfleurie Equestrian (West Lothian) 18 September
South Western — The Grange Equestrian (Devon) 1 October
Southern — Unicorn Trust (Gloucestershire) 1 April 2023
Each event will run from 10am to 4pm. Selected breed representatives will take part in breed group discussions hosted by a senior breed panel judge, who will discuss breed type, conformation and way of going.
All the breeds will then come together for a go-round and individual performance with a speaker discussing each pony. The event will close with a session during which spectators can ask panel judges questions.
“The idea of the roadshows first came about in 2019, when the Highlands, Fells and Dales societies considered running a joint educational event,” said chief organiser Jill Graham. “The Exmoors also came on board and two roadshow events were planned for 2020, one in the South and one in the North. Sadly, these had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but the intention was always to reorganise them once people could meet safely again.
“Chris Grant, our co-organiser, contacted me at the end of 2021, with a view to getting them going once again, this time including the Dartmoor pony. A working group was formed with representatives from each breed, and while finding dates and venues has been challenging, everyone has done their bit to help.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing these numerically smaller but no less important breeds, and we have some wonderful speakers and ponies lined up for each event. We hope as many people as possible will come to what should be an interesting and informative day.”
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