Both Shetland and Welsh ponies were commonly used in mines, as were Dales ponies
, with breeds varying throughout coalfields.
Dr June Swinburne, who headed the research, said: "After 10 years, this is an exciting and important discovery for breeders of Fell and Dales ponies
across the world.
With no cattle or sheep entered for the show for another year, the classes for Shetland, Welsh and Dales ponies
will be attracting the crowds.
Gerald already had a herd of over 30 Fell and Dales ponies
and took my interest instantly.
It is now reborn, and Beamish breeds livestock typical of the old days, including shorthorn cattle, Teeswater sheep, saddleback pigs, Clydesdale and Cleveland Bay horses, and Dales ponies
The Parkers are breeders of Dales ponies
and Charlie, who has been a forester since 1971, still uses the hardy breed in his work for "snigging" ( a Cumbrian word for timber extraction.
Kelloe part-owner Norma Thompson retired from riding horses seven years ago after a back injury and she owns and shows Dales ponies
COUNCILLORS have granted planning permission for a stud farm for rare breeds of horses, including Fell and Dales ponies
, in Berwickshire.