Oxford entertained some special visitors last week as the sound of clip-clopping hooves could be heard on the city’s cobbled streets.
Two white ponies, named Vera and Slim, were paraded around the Radcliffe Camera, through the Bodleian libraries and up and down Cornmarket Street as onlookers fed treats to the impeccably behaved horses.
Oxford University Equestrian Club braved adverse weather forecasts and A34 traffic to bring the ponies into Oxford to raise the profile of the club to potential sponsors ahead of the team’s US tour.
OUEC will take part in show jumping and dressage events against East Coast American universities from September in the battle for the Glenavadra Cup.
A spokesperson for the club said: “The club is trying to raise as much of the total cost of the tour as possible to ensure that it is as accessible as possible to members of the tour squad.
“For most of whom, it will be their only opportunity to compete internationally.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have had the help of Hall Place Equestrian Centre in both allowing and facilitating our bringing Slim and Vera to Oxford.”
OUEC runs the equestrian squad that competes in the BUCS leagues and against Cambridge in the annual Varsity match.