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Romany Horses

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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A few of the hundreds of Romany horses that can be found at the Appleby Horse Fair. These horses are enjoying the lush grass in a field next to Long Marton Road (also known as Flashing Lane).

Appleby Horse Fair runs for a week, ending on the 2nd Wednesday in June, in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, England.

It is probably the best known of the horse fairs attended by Romany families travelling to meet up with old friends and conduct business. It is world famous, the largest of its kind in the world, and attracts a huge gypsy gathering.

It has existed as a fair for horse trading since 1685, under the protection of a charter granted by James II.

The field on the outskirts of Appleby originally known as Gallows Hill, due to its usage in earlier times is now called Fair Hill and looks over the town of Appleby. During the Fair, horses may be found everywhere – in the river, on its banks, along the roadsides or tethered outside hotels and shops.

Young people wash the horses in the River Eden and are then ready to show them off. The tradition of racing and trotting the horses along Flashing Lane takes place throughout the day.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Related shots can be found at: England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Cumbria…..Outside The Park : 4 Feb 11

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