Appleby Horse Fair – Trotting and Racing The Flashing Lane
As I showed in a previous post the horses had been washed down in the Eden River as they had been for centuries, ready for potential buyers and, maybe, run out on the ‘flashings’.
To attract buyers for their horses, the gypsies at Appleby Fair drive them at speed down the “flashing lane”. Although there are warnings to pedestrians that the should stay behind the barriers the numbers in the crowd mean that keeping pedestrians and horses separated is not always that easy. This is an exciting part of the spectacle at Appleby every year and this year’s good weather brought out the crowds. The horses at Appleby Fair are mostly Cobs and, although they are ridden, they are mainly used for pulling sulkies, wagons or caravans. When ridden it is generally bare back.
The photographs below will give you a feel of the scene.