Photographs from the Appleby Horse Fair.
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…