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Posted: 7th November 2023

Fell pony photo wins competition
Greenholme Grey Bobby II starred in the winning photo.
NEF announces winning image featuring “spectacular sunset”.

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has revealed the winner of its second annual photography competition.

Lorna Elliot’s photo of her pony standing in front of dramatic orange clouds at sunset has been chosen as the winner.

It stars Greenholme Grey Bobby II, an 11-year-old fell pony, and was taken on the spur of the moment.

Ms Elliot, who lives in the Scottish Borders, explained: “I was finishing up at work as the sun was setting and I thought the colour of the sky was just amazing, so I went home via my pony’s field to see if I could get some nice pictures.”

She said that for the photo, the pony “was very cooperative, which is unusual as he can be a bit of an antisocial character at times!”

The winning photograph was chosen from 34 submissions, which included entries from as far afield as Bulgaria and the USA.

Ms Elliot will receive a food hamper and her picture will feature on the cover of the 32nd National Equine Forum programme. The forum takes place next year, on Thursday, 7 March.

NEF convener Georgina Crossman said: “This is the second year we have run the photography competition and once again we received some beautiful and creative entries.

“It’s never easy to produce a shortlist, let alone pick a winner but on this occasion the committee was unanimous. We especially liked Lorna’s use of the spectacular sunset to highlight the windswept, natural look of one of the UK’s iconic native pony breeds.”

Image © Lorna Elliot

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