Riders of coloured horses and ponies could get a chance to compete in more local society show classes if they support the Coloured Horse and Pony Society (CHAPS) North-East region set up over last winter.
The initial idea came from current secretary Frances Scott in Boldon who approached Morpeth coloured horse owner and accountant Carolyn Mouat, the CHAPS national body treasurer.
CHAPS UK was set up 1983 with the mission "to Promote the Coloured Horse and Pony in All Equestrian Spheres" ( and it has succeeded.
So he looked at grazing it with native cattle: initially he considered Welsh Blacks, now he's going with Welsh coloureds,' he said.
It was the establishment of the Welsh Black Cattle Society in 1904 that almost put paid to the Welsh coloureds. Black had always been their predominant colour, but now Welsh breeders decreed that black should be the only colour.
'The commercial value of Welsh coloureds is the same as any other native breed.
During the first three decades of Union the problem arose whether coloureds, along with the poor whites, should be uplifted to strengthen the dominant group.
Despite this fluidity there always were politicians like the prominent Nationalist Bruckner de Villiers who could say: 'Kind with kind: white with white, coloured with coloured, native with native'.(17) Yet no consensus existed about who the coloureds were.
According to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (6) and CSA, (7) the word 'black' is used for all people African, coloured or Indian.
Charl Langeveldt, a coloured fast bowler, was allegedly selected to replace Andre Nel, a white fast bowler, to achieve a transformational target.
Unfortunately, the comparison with Coloured people in South Africa is not so illuminating as scholars might hope.
After the 1976 Soweto uprisings, many (classified) Coloured South Africans aligned politically with Black Africans (who were classified into separate "national" groups by language, thus legitimizing territorial apartheid or the policy of Separate Homelands).