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Choosing a pony to bet on

Warwickshire winners of the Pony Club Mounted Games - Prince Philip Cup at the Horse of the Year Show at the N. E. C.  Birmingham, UK between 8th -12th October 2014

Why are you betting? It’s an important question to ask yourself. If you’re betting to add a bit of excitement to the sports you’re already watching then it doesn’t matter too much what you decide to do and whom you decide to support. If you’re in it to turn a quick profit then you’re going to need to choose the teams and athletes that have the best chance of winning (and that might not always be the team you want to win). Firstly and most obviously, remember to check the statistics of the teams and players. Assuming that you already have a good knowledge of whatever sport you’re going to betting on, you will also need to know the nitty-gritty of the teams and players. Pay attention to the trainers, any changes in players or venues. These are factors that can often be overlooked but fatally so for the gambler….

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Grand National, a British treasure


The Grand National is a cornerstone of the equestrian calendar. To think of it is to recall images of the English countryside of strawberries and cream, gin-based cocktails, landed aristocracy and the idly wealthy the Wilde loved writing about taking to the fields every spring for one of the most popular events of the equestrian arts anywhere in the world. Through film and TV and the general influence of American culture in the 20th century, people not from the UK might be more familiar with the Kentucky Derby held annually in Kentucky and is famed for the mint juleps that everyone drinks there. But the Grand National is a handicap steeplechase, nearly seven kilometres in length (4 miles and 514 yards), and has two laps and 30 jumps. With one million pounds on the table for wining, it is the most valuable jumping race in all of Europe. Now it…

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A little bit about the British Spotted Pony


The British Spotted Pony is a small pony breed from England that has been around for centuries. Its spotted fur serving as a way to camouflage among the British countryside. There are cave paintings dating back as far as 18000 BC that clearly show the Spotted Pony. Throughout history, the Spotted Pony was seen as a magical creature and therefore beloved by Royalty and the likes and they were often sent as gifts between the Royal families. While the Spotted Pony is believed to be native to Great Britain, many ponies were exported to Australia, Canada, United States, Netherlands, Germany and France after World War II. However, breed associations stopped the export in the 1970s when they realized that many of their best animals were lost due to the high demand and that the Spotted Pony was becoming quite rare in England. Nowadays the Spotted Pony is a rare breed…

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Best Pony Breeds for Children

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If your children are avid riders and you’re considering getting them a pony, here’s a short-list of breeds most suitable for kids to ride: 1. Connemara. Not only for children, this breed that originated in Ireland is very intelligent and even tempered making it ideal for riders of all ages. They are known for being very versatile animals and suited to essentially any type of equestrian sport, but they are perhaps best suited for jumping. At 13 to 15 hands and almost all colours (except brown) they are beautiful creatures. 2. Shetland ponies. As the name suggests these creatures come from the Shetland Islands, in Scotland. They are well-known for being very small but that doesn’t mean that they are weak animals. The harsh conditions of the Shetlands meant that these have developed a natural stamina and endurance that almost without equal. They originally pulled coal carts and did farm…

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The origins of British ponies


Like nearly all of Eurasia and much of Africa, in Britain the horse has been the primary power source for humans in order to carry out activities such as farming, mining, transporting both goods and people and also for the projection of power by means of military. The earliest horses found in what we now call Britain date from some 700,000 thousand years ago, well before humans as we known them had evolved in Africa, much less migrated to Europe. But when humans did make it to Britain it wasn’t long before they domesticated the horse four to five thousand years ago. By the time the Romans arrived in Britain the Britons had integrated the horse until their culture most thoroughly and the Romans commented profusely on the horses of Britain and the fearsome chariots that they pulled. Now nearly all the horses in Britain are used as means of…