News

News

  • ONE of the North’s most experienced amateur riders, Jamie Alexander (51), rolled back the years with the first double of his career on Allthekingshorses and Royal Chatelier in last Saturday’s well supported Fife Foxhounds point-to-point meeting at Balcormo Mains.

  • ONE young lady has hit incredible form just at the right time to scoop up as many Royal Highland Show qualifiers as possible.

  • IN THE latest of 'firsts' for the Dales pony breed, Bill Ireland’s famous home-bred mare, Kilmannan Black Pearl, was crowned Scottish-bred Horse/Pony of the Year at the Scottish Equine Breeder’s Association (SEBA) award ceremony held at Auchterarder, last week.

  • THE assets of good grassland, for feed and exercising, are often under-estimated by horse keepers, according to Limagrain UK’s grass seed specialist, Ian Misselbrook.

  • PEARL of Peace (pictured right) is the UK’s first ‘gold’ Andalusian stallion – the uniquely coloured four-year-old is one of few horses in the world to possess the rare and newly mapped pearl gene.

Dressage

Dressage

  • A NUMBER of Scottish dressage riders made the long trip down to Stoneleigh Park, last week, to compete at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2014 where there were 22 championship titles up for grabs.

  • SNEC hosted Scotland's second Petplan Area Dressage Festival, a direct qualifier for the final at Hartpury in April.

  • Twenty-eight teams from around Britain competed at the British Dressage Home International at the Morris Equestrian Centre, Rowallan last weekend.

  • GREAT Britain wins team bronze in the dressage team competition at the ECCO FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

  • APPLICATIONS will soon close for the British Equestrian Federation's England Excel Talent Programme.

Veterinary

Veterinary

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  • I can't remember when exactly it last happened but I have found myself in unfamiliar territory recently with not a single pony stabled at Waxwing.

  • Many people would say that the people associated with the ponies and horses of our equestrian world are much more important that the equines themselves.

  • AS I arrived for commentating duties at Central and West Fife Show minutes after the light horse administration marquee blew down in the hurricane force winds we had two weekends ago, the thoughts occurred to me firstly, "Has anyone been hurt?" and secondly, "What would the Health & Safety Executive have to say about that?"

  • I HAVE to take my hat off to the board of directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for its recent decision to make a huge £500,000 commitment to the light horse section at Ingliston by investing in an all-weather surface for Ring 6.

  • Despite the euphoria expressed in last month's column about my incredible trip to the Cheltenham Festival, I can't say that it wasn't a hassle getting there and back.