Saturday, 28 August 2010

Working horses and poines at Lakeland Country Fair...

I went to a local show for fun rather than work recently (although going to shows always is fun, even when I'm working!). It was the first time I'd been to the Lakeland Country Fair, just down the road from me at Torver, near Coniston.

It was a gorgeous sunny day and although the show was small, there was a lot to see (particularly terriers, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and fell racing). But the main thing I wanted to see was a demonstration by the Cumbrian Working Horse and Pony Society because my friend was taking part with her gorgeous Clydesdale mare, Ruby. Me and my mum got to the edge of the show ring early to make sure we had a good view and the whole demo was really interesting.

First up was handsome Dales pony Gilly, demonstrating 'snigging', which is the art of timber extraction using horse power. Here's Gilly pulling two large logs around the arena...
Working in chains 1

He looked to be enjoying himself...
Working in chains 2

Then there were two very cute Shetland ponies demonstrating their pack carrying abilities...
Working Shetlands

This is Morag (the pony, not the lady)...
Lady with Shetland

And this is Mickey (again, pony, not man!)...
Man with Shetland
Shetland ponies must have been incredibly useful for Scottish crofters in the days before quad bikes (and probably still are useful to modern day crofters and smallholders who prefer using pony-power).

Prince the Shire horse looked very glamorous...
Prince the Shire

But the star of the show was lovely Ruby the Clydesdale...
Ruby the Clydesdale demo 1

Ruby the Clydesdale demo 3

Here she is enjoying a well earned break after the demo...
Ruby the Clydesdale by the horsebox 1

I didn't get many other photographs and I wished I'd snapped some of the spinners because there were loads of them! Four in the craft tent and then a couple more outside on one of the other craft stalls. I did get pictures of a man shearing a sheep though (as if I didn't already have enough photos of men shearing sheep...).

An untrained eye might have wondered what he was up to at first glance...
Shearing a sheep
Is he just hanging out with a fleece on a bench?

Ah, he's got some hand shears...
Sheep shearing 1
Oh, and there's a sheep's head poking over his leg, he is actually shearing after all!
Sheep shearing 3

I snapped some winning sticks in the stick show...
Stick show winners

And to finish on a random note, a stuffed boar's head on the Sillfield Farm stall...
Stuffed boar's head

Something for everyone! :)

2 comments:

  1. Glad you and mum had a good time. Scary boar head! xx

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  2. Great pictures!
    --elizaduckie

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