‘I don’t know this part of the Forest so please don’t leave me behind,’ Niki called as she caught up with Dan.
Bracken was sure footed over the rough muddy ground. Every so often they saw other stewards walking with fallen riders or leading ponies. Niki heard holloering behind and turned in time to see a couple of riders galloping flat out, jumping puddles and bushes, shouting to each other as they came.
‘They’re brothers who hate loosing to each other. Their sister beat them once and neither of them would speak to her for months.’ Dan explained.
Niki was amazed to see the massive crowd crowded around the finish line, cheering and shouting the riders home.
‘Let’s canter up to the finish, we might even get a few cheers ourselves.’ The ponies didn’t need asking twice, and broke into a lively canter, popping in a few happy bucks making the onlookers laugh.