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Star Trek’s illustrious career on the show circuit was to be cruelly cut short by a freak accident. Frances awoke one morning to say that she had to go and see Star Trek, perhaps it was a dream or a premonition. Star Trek was found sheltering behind a wall. It was instantly obvious that all was not well, Star Trek was unable to move. Frances’s dream was rapidly turning into a nightmare. The vet was summoned and he pronounced that she had a broken shoulder, it was thought that she might have caught her shoulder on a stone protruding from a stone wall or fallen on a stone or that she had been kicked; but no one will ever know. Antibiotics kept infection at bay, but nothing could repair the shoulder; it would set solid. Star Trek survived but she would henceforth walk only on three legs. Her admirers continue to ask of her well being, she was and is a star. Today she is a grand old lady living out her life in pastures green.

1973; Ten Lownthwaite ponies were taken to the Autumn Wigton Horse Sale, eight foals averaged £62; a three-year-old filly, broken to ride, made 330 guineas, and a yearling filly made 340 guineas.

The 1980’s saw Frank and Marjorie’s grandchildren emergence on the pony scene. They would cut their teeth on, what might be described as ‘children’s ponies’. But would also be a part of the Fell Pony scene,by helping to gather in the ponies off the fell, opening and closing gates, fetching and carrying they would be serving their time - learning the traditional ways with their parents and grandparents just as had the generations before them.

Before the twentieth century came to a close it would be these children; the great, great grandchildren of Thomas and Jane Wales, who would be handling, riding and helping to care for The Lownthwaite Fell Ponies.

Today Lownthwaite Fell Ponies have travelled to many different countries, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland, India, Pakistan, The United States of America, Sweden and Switzerland.

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