Long Sutton’s Horse and Pony Show canters to success today

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Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show attracted crowds to the town today (Sunday).

This morning’s rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of competitors in the horse and pony classes, although dog show entrants were a little down on previous years.

A canine spectator watching the dog show.

A canine spectator watching the dog show.

Show secretary Nicola Clarey, who focuses on the horse and pony classes, said earlier today: “We have had a fantastic amount of entries and we have still got the supreme championship to go.”

Nicola, through her firm Jhods and Jackets, and friend Debbie Andrews, of Andrew’s Supplies, this year donated a brand new trophy to the competition in memory of long-time show supporter, Louise Bishell, and that was won by a local competitor, Janet Venni, in the mountain and moorland (M&M) class.

Spectators in the horse classes included those on four legs, who looked on with their owners, and dog lovers and their pets were also out in force either to watch or take part in classes.

Nicola said: “I think everybody’s enjoying themselves.”

One of the horse classes in full swing today.

One of the horse classes in full swing today.

Dog show organiser Sam Poole had her event running smoothly, but running is something she can’t quite do just yet as she has her left leg in a brace following a knee operation.

“I call it my robot leg,” she said.

Classes in the dog show included those for the handsomest dog and prettiest bitch and there was a brand new obedience class this year.