The Cunningsburgh Show 2017

It has been a long day so I will let the photos do most of the talking.

Lots of ponies – Flossie and I had 15 to get in and out of the two show rings (standards and miniatures) for their handlers with the correct numbers on.

The showing started early – 08:30 – with the ridden classes.

While the ridden classes were on, the ponies had their final brush and polish.  Each one had had a full bath in the last few days.

I had the easy job – in charge of numbers and which pony was going where, while Floss was poo-picking pens, and getting the ponies ready.

When there was a brief respite, I wandered about to take photos.

And then it was our turn to go into the show rings.

Everyone worked very hard.

There was time for chatting.

A “loose horse”.

Beautiful ponies.

Nose Kisseys.


Brushing – this was a spectator who picked up a brush and started to brush one of the ponies (?huh? – like you do).

Waiting to see who was in next.

Watching to see who was in the ring.

Everyone was involved.

There was a good crowd, too.

The weather threatened us on and off but mostly it stayed midge-free and not too cold.  The odd rain shower, but nothing serious.

Once the Championships and trophies were all handed out, Floss and I went to see the other exhibits.


My favouritist class of the whole show – inspired and imaginative art work.

Best chicken hairdo ever!

Yes, there really is class for 5 potatoes on a dish!

I was particularly taken with the fairy grotto in front of the German E-boat model – a surreal moment.

We met the usual reprobates loafing around.

It was a good day. We are exhausted.  Supper, shower and bed, I think.

15 thoughts on “The Cunningsburgh Show 2017

  1. Vicki

    I was pony-mad as a child and my mother made me a black velveteen toy horse with a black mane & tail. Bjorn’s winning black Shetland reminded me of it. I wonder if it’s still somewhere in a dusty box.

  2. Nancy

    Wow! Lots of work but looks like a great show!
    I hope you were able to enjoy yourself in the midst of it all!
    Thank you for the lovely pictures, they tell a great story. =)

  3. Rebeccca A Final

    That entire day looks heavenly. All those adorable ponies! I love fairs (what we would call it here in the US) and that looks like a wonderful one. What I would give to revisit Scotland and get to see a fair like that. Thanks for sharing

  4. M in NC

    Looks like a great day at the fair /pony show (emphasis on the PONY SHOW 🙂 🙂 ).

    One question. I cannot figure out the EggPlant sculpture. What is it?
    (got a laugh from the Viking with the Red Pepper horned helmet )

    M in NC

  5. Louise Stopford

    Looks like a brilliant day was had by all. What a great show, so much going on and so much to see. Love the “Orange Fish”. Thanks for sharing the day with us.

  6. Sam

    Love the pony pictures. ADORE the Viking. I wish our agricultural fairs had entries like the Viking.
    The last picture is heavenly.

  7. Terri

    Wonderful capture of a wonderful day! Those beautiful lace haps *sigh*. Fresh peas on grass. And the PONIES! Love seeing the different generations all enjoying the fair. Congrats to Bergli Stud, as always. Had I been there, I too might have been guilty of brushing a pony — just to feel I was participating. Oops.

  8. John A. Davies

    This is somewhat like our local county fairs except we have food you shouldn’t eat and rides that are dangerous!


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