Horse Costumes Of South Ronaldsay

Min Bannister

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I have never heard of this before. Every year South Ronaldsay has a ploughing competition for boys using miniature plough. The girls dress up as Clydesdale horses! It's amazing. Do look at the photos. I love the little frills round the wrists and ankles like the real horses have.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-51110516

During the event, boys on the island compete using miniature ploughs.
They are judged on ploughing straight and even furrows on a patch of beach at Sands o' Wright.
Meanwhile, the girls parade in costumes that are inspired by the decorations worn by heavy horses in the show ring.
Some of their outfits are spectacular, with a collar, hat, belt and feet decorations. A tail may be fixed to the jacket and pom-poms or fringes sewn onto the cuffs.
 
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