No horsing around at open day event

Hannah Brown and Jyster at the Penny Farm open day fancy dress competition. Below: The Atkinson Action horses stunt team.
Hannah Brown and Jyster at the Penny Farm open day fancy dress competition. Below: The Atkinson Action horses stunt team.
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An open day at Blackpool’s Horse Welfare centre saw the official retirement of a much-loved military horse.

Penny, from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, came into the arena in her full military tack, which was removed as she was handed to Penny Thornton, who the farm is name after, by Capt Owen Brown.

Aktinson Action stunt horses perform at the Penny Farm open day.

Aktinson Action stunt horses perform at the Penny Farm open day.

The horse was one of the first rescue horses to be taken in by Penny Farm back in 2001 and has spent the past 12 years with the King’s Troop.

She was retired in an official ceremony at Penny Farm’s open day on Saturday.

And guests were not put off by the poor weather as they enjoyed a display by acrobats on horseback Action Horses and a fancy dress display, including a horse dressed as Worzel Gummidge.

Penny Farm’s visitor officer Zoe Clifford said: “We had a full programme of entertainment including the Atkinson Action horses stunt team, who were hanging upside down on the horses. They were very popular with the crowd, who turned out despite the rain.

“The rain didn’t spoil the day, as the people of Fylde still came out to support us for which we are really grateful.

“Penny’s retirement parade went very well. She was brought into the arena in her full tack before it was removed and she was handed back to World Horse Welfare for her retirement.”

Another popular feature of the day was the horse fancy dress show where members of the audience was asked to vote for their favourite.

Zoe added: “All the staff here, the groomers, were asked to dress one of their horses in fancy dress.

“We had Worzel Gummidge and Sally, a buzzy bee, a disco diva, a dalmatian and other cartoon characters.”

Hannah Brown and her bee Jyster were crowned winners.