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Appleby Horse Fair

 

The Appleby Horse fair was held in the small town of Appleby In Westmorland last weekend. The population of the town, around 2,500, was swolllen by the addition of over 10,000 gypsies , travellers, horse traders and over 50,000 visitors who had come to enjoy the event.

 

The fair is one of the oldest horse fairs in Britain, first held in 1685 under a warrant from James II. it is held outside the town on what was formerly called Gallows Hill (named after the public hangings that were carried out there), which is now known as Fair Hill. One of the prime events is the horses being ridden down tot he Rver Eden in the town centre and washed and groomed to attract buyers. Usually this is done by younger family members. The river is quite shallo but there is a deep pool where they are allowed to swim for a short distance. There are always many photographers around to take pictures.

 

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Appleby Horse Fair

 

The Appleby Horse fair was held in the small town of Appleby In Westmorland last weekend. The population of the town, around 2,500, was swolllen by the addition of over 10,000 gypsies , travellers, horse traders and over 50,000 visitors who had come to enjoy the event.

 

The fair is one of the oldest horse fairs in Britain, first held in 1685 under a warrant from James II. it is held outside the town on what was formerly called Gallows Hill (named after the public hangings that were carried out there), which is now known as Fair Hill. One of the prime events is the horses being ridden down tot he Rver Eden in the town centre and washed and groomed to attract buyers. Usually this is done by younger family members. The river is quite shallo but there is a deep pool where they are allowed to swim for a short distance. There are always many photographers around to take pictures.

 

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comments (7)

Three cracking shots Les, i've always wanted to visit this event and never got round to it, been stuck behind plenty caravans around there though!
Les Auld: First time for me Frank, thanks for the comment.
I've heard so much about this Les, The shots taken show what fun the guys have riding their horses this way.
Les Auld: A very popular subject Martin, thanks for the comment.
The top shot is oh, so fantastic. They are all good but the joy on the faces of the youngsters makes this a winner. Sounds like an interesting event.
Les Auld: A very popular event for photographers as well Mary, thanks for the comment.
Three really good shots Les, great fun for all smile
Les Auld: Indeed so Linda, thanks for the comment.
Great fun for the riders and the horses I should think Les.
Les Auld: They do seem to enjoy themselves Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Jun 2011, 14:32
All photo are of a very high standard
Les Auld: Thank you Vintage.
Super shot Les
Les Auld: Thanks John, appreciate the comment.

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