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Fell pony photo wins competition
Greenholme Grey Bobby II starred in the winning photo.
NEF announces winning image featuring “spectacular sunset”.

The National Equine Forum (NEF) has revealed the winner of its second annual photography competition.

Lorna Elliot’s photo of her pony standing in front of dramatic orange clouds at sunset has been chosen as the winner.

It stars Greenholme Grey Bobby II, an 11-year-old fell pony, and was taken on the spur of the moment.

Ms Elliot, who lives in the Scottish Borders, explained: “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 that for the photo, the pony “was very cooperative, which is unusual as he can be a bit of an antisocial character at times!”

The winning photograph was chosen from 34 submissions, which included entries from as far afield as Bulgaria and the USA.

Ms Elliot will receive a food hamper and her picture will feature on the cover of the 32nd National Equine Forum programme. The forum takes place next year, on Thursday, 7 March.

NEF convener Georgina Crossman said: “This is the second year we have run the photography competition and once again we received some beautiful and creative entries.

“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.”

Image © Lorna Elliot

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.