by Sue Walker, Practice Manager
A comprehensive set of events has been organised by the Centenary Committee, details of which can be found on the The Dales Pony Society website (www.dalespony.org) which it is hoped will leave a legacy in celebration of the society and the ‘Great All Rounder’ that is the Dales Pony.
The Presidents Ride is one of the events that I will be taking part in. Joining together members of the Dales Pony Society in all parts of the Country as well as overseas the rides are starting in the furthest reaches of the UK at the end of April beginning at Lands End and in the South East of England. The rides will slowly move up the country passing through area groups until they reach Derbyshire. From here, all the northern England areas are joining together and aiming throughout June and July to cover the entire Pennine Bridleway. The final ride on the 30th July, we hope we will be an impressive collection of hopefully over 100 Dales ponies and cover the final 12 miles into Barnard Castle before passing through the town centre and finishing on the showground just outside the town. Barnard Castle is the historical home of the Dales Pony and it will be such a sight to see the Dales Ponies come together and be ridden through the town.
I am very much looking forward to it, and training is underway to make sure the ponies (and me!) will be fit enough.