A WOMAN caught riding horses at Appleby Fair in breach of a ten year disqualification order has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £500.

Kelly Harrison, 25, was photographed on horseback by the RSPCA at the famous Cumbria event on June 7, Bradford and Keighley magistrates heard.

Although the animals were not hers, and the owners were present, she was in breach of the disqualification imposed by the court on October 7 last year for neglecting three horses so badly that two had to be destroyed.

Prosecutor Andrew Davidson told the court yesterday that the wording of the ban precluded Harrison from horse riding.

Harrison, of Bolton Hall Road, Bolton Woods, Bradford, pleaded guilty to the breach under the Animal Welfare Act.

Mr Davidson said she was banned from having any care or control of horses at the hearing last October when she pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to three horses. She also received a 12 month community order and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Harrison, the unemployed mother of three children, was this time simply riding the horses, which were in good condition, the court was told.

She was fined £130 and ordered to pay costs totalling £370.