A stunning Fell pony who can be “a bit anti social at times” has been captured in the evening sun, earning his owner the winning entry in the National Equine Forum’s (NEF) photography competition.

Eleven-year-old Greenholme Grey Bobby II (Bobby) is based in the Scottish Borders and his captivating headshot will now grace the programme cover for the 32nd NEF, which will take place on 7 March next year.

Owner Lorna Elliot said she was “absolutely astounded” to have been chosen from the entries from across the world.

“I was finishing up at work as the sun was setting and I thought the colour of the sky was just amazing, so I went home via my pony’s field to see if I could get some nice pictures,” she said. “Bobby was very cooperative, which is unusual as he can be a bit of an antisocial character at times!

“I am over the moon that my photo has been chosen and feel extremely proud as it really was a spur of the moment idea as you don’t have much time to catch a good sunset.”

Amateur photographer entries ranged from stylish black and white shots to striking colour images and quirky equine poses. Entries were received from Bulgaria and the USA, as well as from the UK.

“This is the second year we have run the photography competition and once again we received some beautiful and creative entries,” said NEF Convener Georgina Crossman. “It’s never easy to produce a shortlist, let alone pick a winner but on this occasion the committee was unanimous. We especially liked Lorna’s use of the spectacular sunset to highlight the windswept, natural look of one of the UK’s iconic native pony breeds.”

The competition was supported Redpin Publishing who helped advise on the winner, from a design and print perspective.

The National Equine Forum is an annual event bringing together representatives from all areas of the equestrian industry, including government, sport, veterinary science and welfare. It has been running for more than 30 years and is organised by a committee of appointed volunteers, reflecting various sectors of the equestrian industry.

Details of the programme for #NEF24 will be released shortly. To find out more about NEF visit www.nationalequineforum.com

Lead image of the winning entry by Lorna Elliot

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