A few riders from the Appleby Horse Fair. Every June Gypsies and Travellers from the UK and Ireland gather to buy and sell horses at Appleby in Westmorland…a custom that has lasted since 1775. At certain times, the horses are brought down to the river Eden to be hand-washed or ridden through the water before being sold. There has been much controversy about the cruelty aspect of this spectacle and the RSPCA now patrol the event and riders who are seen to abuse the horses are reported and given a warning or may be prosecuted…but most of the riders appeared to look after the horses well and instances of cruelty are said to…
Somerford Park I would like to dedicate this page to the memory of 24 year old New Zealand Rider Tom Gadsby, who suffered fatal injuries at Fence 4B on 18th August 2013, when he was involved in a rotational accident; his horse, seven-year-old skewbald gelding, The Drove, fell on top of him, crushing Tom to death. The Drove was uninjured. There are no photographs of Tom Gadsby in my selection.