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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Ulverston and District Equine Club's first show of 2014

IT’S been a long winter for horse enthusiasts waiting for the new show season to get under way.

But it didn’t take the members of Ulverston and District Equine Club long to hit their stride as the group hosted its first show of 2014.

Horses and ponies of all shapes, sizes and breeds revelled in the chance to stretch all four legs in the spring sunshine at the In Hand Show at Newland Green Farm on Sunday.

Chairwoman Avril McKinley said: “People usually get their horses prepared after Christmas. It takes a while to get them fit and ready to start competing again.

“Everybody looks forward to it. The in hand show is a good season opener. It’s a good excuse to get the new, young ponies out and get them used to a show environment and the sights and the sounds.”

British native breeds, coloured ponies and sport horses competed in a variety of categories as competitors vied to be crowned overall champion.

Taking the title of overall champion was young rider Maisie Reynolds on her pony The Governor and reserve champion was Ian Flemming on Bridgend Elvis.

The club, which has 120 members, holds six shows a year with the first riding event of 2014 scheduled to take place in two weeks.

The remaining shows will be held at Newland Green Farm on the first Sunday of every month until September.

Mrs McKinley said a good day out and a warm welcome will await anyone wanting to find out more about the sport.

She said: “Come and join us, all our judges are experienced panel judges and always keen to give advice.

“A lot of our members started here and have moved up and are competing nationally.”

The club was originally set up for riders in the area who could not travel to other clubs.

Now in its 32nd year, the club has gone from strength to strength and attracts enthusiasts from further afield.

Mrs McKinley said: “It was originally set up 31 years ago for people who didn’t have transport to get to other clubs.

“Our youngest member is three and there’s no upper age limit. We have pensioners competing and all sorts.”

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