Twinstead ponies turn the neigh-bourhood pink

MOUNT UP: Aimee Huggins, 12, saddles up Blackie the pony.
MOUNT UP: Aimee Huggins, 12, saddles up Blackie the pony.

PINK ponies, riders, babies and even dogs brought a splash of colour to Twinstead Riding School on Sunday as more than £800 was raised for a cancer charity.

Almost 30 horses and ponies, along with their owners and a large crowd of spectators, descended on the riding school in bright pink fancy dress to mark Twinstead Church’s annual Horseman’s Sunday Service.

Verity Stebbings, owner of Twinstead Riding School, said: “We had competitions and gave pink rosettes for best costume with 22 categories, from pinkest horse right through to pinkest dog and grandma.

“The church thought it up, as the Reverend Margaret King does a service for pets at Wickham St Paul.

“She asked if we could have the Horseman’s Service here as they obviously can’t fit in the church,” she added.

“It has just snowballed from that and the efforts people put in are fantastic – they really go to town and it is great fun.”

The day raised money for the Breast Cancer Campaign, a poignant choice for the village.

“There are several people in the village that have had breast cancer and it is a great charity that we’ve always supported,” said Mrs Stebbings.

The Horseman’s Sunday Service and pink fancy dress takes place on the last Sunday of July each year at the riding school, which has been running for 56 years.