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Scenes from Appleby Horse Fair in England

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A traveller washes his horse in the River Eden in preparation for selling at the Appleby Horse Fair on Friday, June 3, in Appleby, England.

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Romany caravans line up at the Appleby Horse Fair on Friday in Appleby.

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Travellers wash their horses in the River Eden in preparation for selling at the Appleby Horse Fair on Friday in Appleby.

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A gypsy girl looks out of the window of her Romany caravan at the Appleby Horse Fair on Friday in Appleby.

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Travellers wash their horses in the River Eden in preparation for selling at the Appleby Horse Fair on Friday in Appleby.

According to Getty:

Appleby Horse Fair has existed under the protection of a charter granted by James II since 1685. It is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling community. Appleby Horse Fair is attended by about 5,000 travellers who come to buy and sell horses. The animals are washed and groomed before being ridden at high speed along the 'mad mile' for the viewing of potential buyers.