Pride of BRI­TAIN

A royal fam­ily favourite, highly prized and 130,000 years old. Pony breeds na­tive to the UK will be show­cased in a new cham­pi­onship at Your Horse Live, and ev­ery sin­gle one has an in­ter­est­ing story to tell

Your Horse (UK) - - WORK HORSE -

HOW DO YOU judge a Dales pony against a Shet­land, or an Ex­moor against a Welsh Cob? This is the task that faces the judges of the new SEIB In­sur­ance Bro­kers Moun­tain and Moor­land Search for a Star com­pe­ti­tion, the fi­nal of which takes place at Your Horse Live in Novem­ber (see box, page 28). There are nine breeds na­tive to the UK and each has their own char­ac­ter­is­tics, hav­ing been bred to suit a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose. It’s an un­der­stand­ing of this his­tory that is es­sen­tial for suc­cess in the show ring, so that you truly know why your na­tive pony is built the way he is and how best to show him off. Even if you’re not aim­ing for the dizzy heights of the Your Horse Live fi­nal, there’s a re­mark­able amount of his­tory tied up in your pony’s roots — so read on.

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