Steeplechasing Shetlands Steal the Show – Video
19 October 2016
“Well they’re away to a pretty good start!”
I was sold at ‘Shetland’ and with the Spring Racing Carnival nearly upon us, what better way to get into the racing spirit than from the back of a shorter, fluffier version of Black Caviar!
The clip of the 2015 Melbourne Show Shetland Steeplechase — shot via Go Pro from the front of one of the rider’s helmets — is accompanied by commentating to rival that of the Melbourne Cup and guaranteed to get you in the racing spirit.
Under lights, the ponies race as fast as their little legs can carry them around a steeplechase course made up of hay bales. This is an enormous feat in itself and is definitely an achievement I was never able to make with my Shetland pony, as a decision for him between eating or listening to me meant I was always guaranteed to end up on the ground! These ponies are tuned into their riders and have only one thing on their mind. Must. Go. Fast.
Can Firecracker, the little black fury, and his blurry legs get across the line? Or will the white speed demon hold out and get his nose home first?
These short speedsters are sure to make your heart melt and give you a bit of a giggle as we get our frocks ready to see their larger counterparts race for the elusive Melbourne Cup later in Spring.
Photo credit: Peter Facey,via Wikimedia Commons