Dales pony


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Dales pony

English heavy miniature horse, 14 to 14.2 hands high, usually black or dark brown, sometimes gray.
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Tomorrow will see a Victorian/ Edwardian/internationally themed Gala in Nenthead with the Stanhope Silver Band playing music of the time and from the various nations and the Dales Pony Society, which is celebrating its centenary year.
Margaret Thompson with class-winning Dales pony Hilton Gemini at Stokesley |Show in1999, and judge Eric Smith, on right, looking at mangolds in 2003, above left
The Dales Pony originated in northern England where it was used as a pack animal for the lead-mining industry.
The research was made possible by funding from The Horse Trust and the support of the Fell Pony Society and the Dales Pony Society.
Crispin has won the Dales Pony Societies Lezzy Shield for the past three years running.
Two riders shared second spot - local rider Emily Irving on her first horse Ted Hope, and Emily Gillman, who is in her first year of competition on her Dales pony Just Khan.
Dales Pony Society will receive the cash injection from Persimmon Homes Teesside from its Community Champions scheme and was chosen ahead of the 100-year anniversary next year.
The event gives visitors the chance to take a ride on the shuggie boats, meet Raven, the traditional Dales pony and find out about the work of local beekeepers and skilled quilters.
The 164th show also featured record numbers of horses, but an expected appearance by a pony belonging to The Queen, a pony called Balmoral Jingle in the Fell, Highland and Dales Pony Class, failed to materialise.
The day will include a stallion parade, a showing Show with NPS Spring Festival Qualifiers, a lecture demonstration organised by Dales Pony Society Young Committee, plus trade stands.
The Riding for the Disabled Association's Unicorn Centre, at Hemlington, put out a plea to help make over 13-year-old Dales pony Biggles.
To the surprise of the show's organisers, the Queen has entered a Highland and Dales pony called Balmoral Jingle into the Fell, Highland and Dales Pony Class in the Ridden Mountain and Moorland section of this year's show.