LYNCHMERE scurry driver Karen Morris is celebrating after impressively winning the National Championships with her ponies Suited and Booted, at the Royal Newbury Show.
For Karen, this is the culmination of a full season of driving all over the country to compete.
Karen started scurry driving only in 2004, but now has eight ponies of varying levels of experience and height at home where she and her father Peter look after them and compete together.
Always taking six ponies along to competitions, Peter competes with Posh and Becks in the novice classes, while Karen takes the more experienced in the open.
“It’s a race,” said Karen. “The average competition takes between 50 and 60 seconds, so I may have driven for seven hours just for that!”
Karen has now set her sights on another project – a pair of rescue ponies who came to her wild at three years old.
Now aged five, it has taken some time to tame them.
They were broken to harness in February, in the ring in May and winning by July, having turned out to be absolute naturals and very fast indeed – if a little over-enthusiastic.
After a hectic summer competing almost every weekend as well as having a full-time job, the ponies are now out for the winter and the Morrises can catch up with everything else.