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would be stored during the day in Miss Craig’s barn, the same barn in which Frank had stabled his pony almost thirty years earlier.

1956 Harry Wales’ stallion Blake Beck Boy, 2842, won a premium for the society’s breeding scheme at Scales Farm, Berrier, at the Fell Pony Society colt and stallion show at Penrith. This meant that the stallion and all the Lownthwaite mares and foals had to be taken, by lorry, to the enclosure, where they were turned loose. Other mare owners could and did take their mares to be covered.

1962 at the Penrith Show, Linda Wales won the cup for the Fell Pony junior judging competition and Christine Wales won the cup for the best Fell Pony ridden by a child. Later that year at The Fellside Royal/Dufton show, Frances would win her age group for best pony and best rider; a feat duplicated by her sister Christine. They were both to crown this success carrying off many of the prizes in the Pony Gymkhana.

1969/70. Four, Fell Pony geldings, of which one was Lownthwaite Knight, 4634, were broken to ride. These four ponies averaged a price of £500.

1971 Summer Breed Show, August 14. Lownthwaite Jewel, 12936, won the mares’ medal and rosette in the breed classes and was the overall reserve champion. In addition Lownthwaite Jewel won the newly presented Columbine Cup for ridden mares, presented by Mrs Jenner, Royston, Herts. Mrs Jenner named the trophy after Dalemain Columbine, 8772, whom she owned. Mrs S McCosh bred Dalemain Columbine from a mare bred by Mr Wales.

1972 saw the birth of Lownthwaite Star Trek, 15144, who was described by the late Mr Joseph Dargue, president of the Fell Pony Society, as the best Fell Pony he had ever seen.

1973 Star Trek was awarded the Supreme Championships at the Cumberland County Show and The Fell Pony Society’s Summer Breed Show. However,