Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Power of Cumbria - Fell Ponies


Fell Pony from the Society Website

Fell Ponies, known for their stamina and quite temperament but it is testament to their versatility that the breed has survived to today, for their ancestors probably roamed this area even before Roman times. Before the days of mechanization, the Fell Pony was a "jack-of-all-trades,' shepherding on the fells of England's Lake District, working as a light farm animal and pulling the family carriage on various occasions as well as being a Lakeland fells to the merchants and lead from mines to the coast for smelting. Today, Fell Ponies are popular for both riding and carriage driving. In fact the Queen owns Fell Ponies which were driven by her husband, Prince Philip, in international competitions and he often used to appear at The Lowther Horse Trials held each August. Follow the history and current information on the Fell Pony Website.

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