Scurry driving was exciting and exhilarating experience

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Organisers of the bank holiday Rural And Seaside Show on Castle Field in Southsea deserve huge applause.

I had a fabulous time being entertained by Punch and Judy, terrier showjumping and the majestic heavy horses.

After a chance remark to a fellow equestrian, I found myself in the main arena taking part in some scurry driving – something I’ve always wanted to do.

This involves small ponies being harnessed to a trap, with somebody driving and a ‘whip’ on the back guiding them around obstacles at a death-defying speed.

It was an exciting and exhilarating experience, so a big thank-you to sponsor Geoff Osborne from Osborne Refrigerators for allowing me the privilege.