No long faces as horse show celebrates 99th anniversary

By Rob Smith | Market Drayton | News | Published:

A popular horse and pony show attracted hundreds of riders, horses and visitors for a day in the sun.

The Wistanswick Horse & Pony Show celebrated its 99th year last Saturday with competitions in more than a dozen categories.

Horses were awarded prizes for being the neatest and cleanest, having the best mini handler under eight years of age, and for fancy dress.

There were also jumping displays and competitions, and riders got the chance to take a handy pony around a mini obstacle course.

As well as the horse events, the day included a craft fair with more than 30 stalls, a produce show and various catering stalls.

Classic cars were also on show.

Some of the sideshows included a bouncy slide, a 'beat the goalie' competition and face painting.

And horses weren't the only animals on display, with a dog show also rewarding the most handsome and well-behaved pooches.

Organiser Kelly Mitchell said the whole day had been a triumph: "It was a great success, the weather was fantastic and everyone had lots of fun.

"The highlight of the day is seeing all the happy smiling faces from old and young competitors.

"It will be the 100-year anniversary next year so we are planning bigger and better things with lots of prizes to be won."

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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