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Rebecca Penny: ‘A squelch too far at Hickstead’ *H&H VIP*

Native ponies should be sure-footed, but the River Lawn ring at Hickstead’s Derby meeting was a squelch too far. The going was so bad that some competitors withdrew from the native British Show Pony Society Heritage supreme classes; even after a six-hour drive I contemplated leaving my pony on the horsebox and saving him for another day.