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alert-–-giddy-up!-hundreds-of-equine-enthusiasts-descend-for-annual-harness-parade-which-sees-competitors-compete-to-rope-horses,-ponies-and-donkeysAlert – Giddy Up! Hundreds of equine enthusiasts descend for annual harness parade which sees competitors compete to rope horses, ponies and donkeys

Hundreds of equine enthusiasts got together today for the annual London Harness Horse Parade.

Every Easter Monday, horse fans gather with their best carriages, ropes and ponies.

The spectacular display took place at the South of England Centre in Ardingly, West Sussex, according to the London Harness Horse Parade’s website.

Various different horse-drawn vehicles were displayed and exhibitors from across the UK and Ireland came to participate. 

Those taking part in the parade were also competing for awards as judges looked on at the event.

Children got stuck in with the equestrian festivities too as Shetland ponies and donkeys were displayed. 

A man and a young boy join the festivities on an impressive traditional horse drawn carriage at the London Horse Harness Parade

A man and a young boy join the festivities on an impressive traditional horse drawn carriage at the London Horse Harness Parade

A horse rears up as an equestrian fan attempts to steady it and the driver of the carriage looks on

A horse rears up as an equestrian fan attempts to steady it and the driver of the carriage looks on

A young boy pulls a girl on a small white Shetland pony today at the London Horse Harness Parade

A young boy pulls a girl on a small white Shetland pony today at the London Horse Harness Parade 

A rider attempts to settle a horse as it pulls another woman on a carriage while they participate in the equestrian festivities

A rider attempts to settle a horse as it pulls another woman on a carriage while they participate in the equestrian festivities 

A man sits in a cart with three young children today at the parade, all four are wearing matching flat caps

A man sits in a cart with three young children today at the parade, all four are wearing matching flat caps 

A young boy carries a blue and yellow harness while two men behind him tend to horses that are tied near hay

A young boy carries a blue and yellow harness while two men behind him tend to horses that are tied near hay

Looking up at the Shetland pony, a small girl wears a helmet and holds the harness of the horse

Looking up at the Shetland pony, a small girl wears a helmet and holds the harness of the horse 

A young boy looks out at crowds at the parade as he wears a straw hat and white coat that matches the man in his carriage

A young boy looks out at crowds at the parade as he wears a straw hat and white coat that matches the man in his carriage 

The four in matching flat caps look on as a man holds the harness of the horse that is pulling a the painted carriage

The four in matching flat caps look on as a man holds the harness of the horse that is pulling a the painted carriage 

Two men and a boy pull on the harness of a small white horse at the parade today

Two men and a boy pull on the harness of a small white horse at the parade today 

Five people look on, some holding the horse with a braided mane to help keep it steady, while a man slips on the harness

Five people look on, some holding the horse with a braided mane to help keep it steady, while a man slips on the harness 

A young girl stands near a small brown and white patterned pony as two others eat hay behind her

A young girl stands near a small brown and white patterned pony as two others eat hay behind her

Two children smile as they ride a small white Shetland pony, with both its mane and tail braided as it brands a bright red harness

Two children smile as they ride a small white Shetland pony, with both its mane and tail braided as it brands a bright red harness

A toddler looks up smiling as she holds a brush near a white pony

A toddler looks up smiling as she holds a brush near a white pony 

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