A special prize is on offer for Exmoor ponies taking part in next weekend’s Golden Horseshoe Endurance Ride.
World-famous physiotherapist Mary Bromiley has offered a £100 prize to the first Exmoor pony and rider to complete 50 miles in one day.
Ride Organiser Barbara Wigley said it was hoped that there would be Exmoor ponies competing in the 80km advanced class for the first time this year.
“If no-one completes the course, the £100 prize will be carried over until next year,” she said.
There is also a permanent trophy, being designed and crafted by local artist Janina Tonks, which will be presented to the winner of the award.
Exmoor ponies have always been a huge part of Horseshoe and the event’s partnership with the Moorland Mousie Trust encourages many of the Trust’s associates to take part in the Pleasure Ride to raise much needed funds for the Trust, whose aim is to protect and promote this famous native breed.
This year, local herd Tawbitts Exmoors will be sponsoring the check point at Mounsey Hill Gate on the Pleasure Ride, and their check point will carry a large photo of their successful Exmoor pony Tawbitts Mystic Major, who has been a finalist at Horse of the Year Show three times, Olympia twice and took the Mountain and Moorland Small Breed title at the Royal International.