Sponsored by Osborne Refrigerators, double-harness scurry racing competitions always draw cheers and gasps from the crowds.
Teams of two ponies in harness, pulling four-wheel scurry vehicles, race to see who can complete the course in the least time, without knocking down any of the obstacles.
Each team has to weave their way through the obstacles as fast as they can without knocking any balls off the tops of the cones.
The track through the cones entails the ponies having to make tight 180-degree turns with just 20cm margin to spare on each side – so there is very little room for error as they gallop around the course!
The requirements are a pair of ponies matched in height and stride and a suitable four wheeled carriage with a working brake and an axle width of 130cm.
The course is made up of between 10/12 pairs of cones including a slalom and at least one obstacle which can be ‘U’ shaped, ‘L’ shaped or even ‘Z’ shaped.
Generally the ponies would slow down at these obstacles but over the years the drivers have learned to negotiate these with as much speed as the rest of the course. If a ball is dislodged from a cone then four seconds are added to the overall time, therefore the object is to get a clear but fast round.
We run two sizes of ponies: Up to 12hh – known as ‘smalls’ and up to 14.2hh or ‘larges’.