Pony racing starts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

The first of a series of nine pony races in the Devon and Cornwall area takes place at Black Forest Lodge near Exeter on Sunday.

The first of a series of nine pony races in the Devon and Cornwall area takes place at Black Forest Lodge near Exeter on Sunday, prior to the Mid Devon Hunt point to point. The 138cm race is off at 11am and has eight entries, including Chloe Grove on Summertime Blaze, from Dawlish, who notched up a sequence of wins last season. Many of last season's riders have new ponies and one to look out for is Barnaby Treneer, 10, from Buckfastleigh, on Talponciau Perfect Print, the pony showing a fair turn of foot in few outings last season. Master Mink, now 18, has a new pilot in nine year old Elliott Reed and should go well.There are nine in the 148s which certainly looks competitive. Last year's area champion Bryony Frost on Jack Sparrow finds opposition in Gloucestershire-based Joe Ponting on Starlight Express and Freddy Tett travels down from the Vine and Craven to ride Tarka II. Charley Long, 13, from the Wessex area, partners Gwen and Bronwen Buttery, from Modbury, has a new pony in the five year old Ginger Biscuit.Riders will have to show their skills as the 138s are racing over 1m2f and the 148s over 1m4f, much further than they have before at the course. The 138s will start in front of the crowd.l National series sponsor Charles Owen has pulled out of involvement in the point to point pony races due to three areas finding their own sponsors. Anyone interested in sponsoring the nine Devon and Cornwall area pony races, which culminate in an area final in June, should contact area coordinator Lee Glanville on (01752) 830439.

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