How ponies are sold at auction - interesting (although painful) watch for animal rights campaigners.
L/S of a man boarding up a house window. Cut to L/S of a busy street where several men are seen unloading a van full of leather horse saddles and stirrups. C/U high angle shot of the line of stirrups on the street. Sign on the van reads "G. Phillips & Sons". Several shots of the market stalls on the street and people browsing around.
Cut to a L/S of a truck unloading ponies and crowd watching. Ponies are the main reason as well as the central event of this gathering. Bampton fair is the annual pony fair. An average of 250 ponies are sold each year at the fair mainly for riding.
M/S of the ponies getting off the truck. L/S of the ponies being herded into a pen. C/U shot of the ponies' heads. L/S of the people gathering around ponies watching them. M/S of a man ringing bell - an auction is about to start.
L/S of auctioneer's stall and the crowd. Ponies are being paraded in front of the crowd and bid for. The sign above the auctioneer's stall reads "no cheques accepted". Most of the people in the crowd are men.
Although beautiful, ponies do not look presentable. Most of them look scruffy, unhappy and confused. The scenes of the crowd around the pen are claustrophobic and uncomfortable to watch. Men parade the ponies by using long sticks. Still, the voiceover keeps repeating that ponies have a fierce temper!
Note: The film calls for a change of social attitude towards animals. Scenes filmed in 1955 are not at all exclusive nowadays - very disturbing.