Pony race jockeys in Devon and Cornwall proved not just hardy riding at the East Cornwall event, but also canny.
Those who travelled south of the Tamar on Easter also boosted their chances of bagging awards at the end of the season.
Easter fixtures – Taunton Vale, Cheltenham Pony Club race day and Charles Owen fixtures at Exeter and Kempton were amongst several to keep riders fully booked so the 138 and 148 races were amalgamated at Great Trethew and, despite only having four runners, kept race goers entertained.
The three 138 ponies battled hard all the way and the result was close, Taylor Fisher recording his first win close home on Hideaway Evening Star. Chad Bament on Ginger Wizard was only just denied and Walter Fisher-Barnett on Wide Valley Superman was just back in third. The three earned 10, 9 and 8 points respectively.
They were in hot pursuit of Tamby Welch on the 148 Vadlawalkover, and were far from disgraced, keeping tabs on the bigger pony throughout.
The next pony races are at the spectacular Flete Park where the Dartmoor race on April 16.
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Two pony racing graduates registered their first successes at Great Trethew.
Thomasina Eyston, who had turned 16 just three days before, won the novice riders’ race on Lady Vie (with another D and C graduate Millie Wonnacott in second on Combe Hill).
Barnaby Treneer took the second division of the opening maiden race on Syracuse’s Dream.
All three riders trail hunt with the Dartmoor.
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