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22/01/2013

Shetland ponies wear jumpers for VisitScotland launch

Shetland ponies wear jumpers

(From Daily Mail) They are the two things Shetland is most famous for – so it’s perhaps surprising no one had the idea before.

Shetland ponies and Fair Isle knitwear are beloved across the world, so why not combine the two?

The result is two cosy-looking mares dressed in button-down Fair Isle jumpers to promote the Year of Natural Scotland.

The ponies, named Fivla of Finnister and Millhouse Vitamin, were bang on trend, following Victoria Beckham and Rihanna who have also stepped out in Fair Isle designs.

However, sadly the ponies got their jumpers rather a lot more muddy and had to take them off for washing.

Jo Tonkinson, co-owner of Thordale Shetland Driving Centre, which provided the ponies, said: ‘It was quite simple – we sent the ponies’ measurements to the knitter, who sent back two jumpers.

‘We just had to put their two front legs in and they buttoned under the stomach.

‘It was perhaps an odd request, to get the ponies in Fair Isle, and a bit silly, but they were perfectly happy. Hopefully these pictures will make people smile.’

The jumpers were made by Shetland designer Doreen Brown – a little longer in length and shorter in the arm than she is used to. They are hand-knitted using wool from native Shetland sheep.

Fivla and Vitamin are used to wearing harnesses so were completely comfortable in their new clothes.

The photo shoot was dreamed up by tourist board Visit Scotland to launch 2013 as the Year of Natural Scotland.

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