Shetland Pony Racing is not fiction!

Shetland pony racing features indirectly in my novel The Key to a Murder. It was an important part of the hero’s upbringing. I know it exists. I used to know someone who had taken part in it. He later became a successful trainer of show horses and hunters.

Chapter Six of the audio version of the book is at the end of this post.

The cover of The Key to a Murder. Shetland Pony racing is mentioned here.

Shetland Pony racing is mentioned here.

 Shetland Pony Racing: some facts

  1. This is a popular sport in the UK, including events such as the Shetland Pony Grand National, which takes place at various racecourses throughout the country.
  2. In this sport, children between the ages of 8 and 13 typically ride the ponies, as they are too small for adult riders.
  3. Races are usually held over short distances, such as 5 or 6 furlongs (about 1,000 to 1,200 meters.
  4. Ponies can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
  5. It is not only a competitive sport but also serves as a way to introduce children to horse racing and equestrian sports in a safe and controlled environment.

And some facts about the ponies

  1. Shetland ponies are a breed of small horses originating from the Shetland Islands, northeast of mainland Scotland.
  2. Their most notable features, apart from their small size, are their strength, hardiness, and adaptability to harsh conditions.
  3. They typically measure between 28 and 42 inches (70 to 107 cm) at the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades).
  4. Despite their small size, Shetland ponies  can pull or carry twice their own weight.
  5. Their heavy coats protect them from harsh weather and come in a variety of colors.
  6. These ponies originally worked in agriculture, carrying peat, coal, and other supplies, as well as pulling carts and ploughs.
  7. They also worked in coalmining, pulling the trucks along the rails underground, until the 1950’s.

Here’s Chapter Six

Here’s my introduction to the book in a previous post.