DREAMS have come true for five pony mad teenagers after they won a place to compete at this year’s Horse of the Year Show - but, before they go they need to raise £15,000 to cover their costs.

Sasha Crabtree, 14, from Addingham and Molly Whitehead, also 14, from Bolton Abbey are part of the five strong Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Pony Club Mounted Games Team, which also includes Daisy Cook, 14, Marnie Green, 15 and Alice Budworth, 15.

More than 300 pony club teams from across the country have fought to be one of the final six in the Prince Philip Cup final at this year’s highlight of the equestrian year, and it is believed to be the first time a team from the Pendle Forest has got through.

The team has battled through set-backs to get to the final, and is now busy raising the £15,000 it needs to pay for stabling and equipment for the riders and their ponies.

Riders have also been allocated white as the team colour, and have to make sure it is reflected by their supporters and equipment.

The team, together with their friends and family, as well as fellow pony club members, are organising raffles, games and bake sales at events and have managed to attract some big-name sponsors.

They have also set up a charity page for donations on Justgiving and are busy documenting all their efforts via Facebook and their team blog at: @Our Journey to HOYS 2019 #PendleHOYS2k19

The Pony Club Mounted Games is one of the most popular and enduring entertainment displays at the Horse of the Year Show with the teams taking part in a range of activities.The Prince Philip Cup started in 1956 with the aim to encourage a higher standard of riding throughout the Pony Club and to generate interest in riding.