News

News

  • PEOPLE travelled from all over Scotland to attend a recent National Pony Society Scotland open day at Willie and Jean Ralston’s Moss-side Highland pony stud.

  • MURTHWAITE Mercy set a new record price for a Fell pony sold at auction of 7000gns when sold at the recent Murthwaite reduction sale held by North West Auctions on behald of the late Thomas Bracken Capstick.

  • With the help of 80 volunteers, the BHS in Scotland has recently completed a multi-use audit of nine of Scotland's Great Trails.

  • From 25 starters just one young lady booked her ticket to the British National Championships as a result of winning the Discovery Second round held at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre near Broxburn.

  • CHICAGO Outfit posted a hat-trick of victories at Hexham after landing the three-mile handicap chase on June 21 for Hawick owner/trainer, George Bewley, whose son Jonathon rode the gelding.

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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Best of the Best

  • 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.

  • There's a crisp £50 note sitting in my wallet which I'm loathe to pend as its very presence evokes wonderful memories of a recent visit to the Cheltenham Festival and, yes, it was my return for a bet on the winner of The Betfred Champion Gold Cup.