News

News

  • SELKIRK trainer, Stuart Coltherd and his jockey son, Sam, ended January in victorious form.
    The Borders handler saw Captain Redbeard ridden to a 9-1 success by teenage son Sam in the 2½-mile handicap hurdle race at Sedgefield on January 31.

  • SEVERAL riders have been doing well at different show centres in the last couple of weeks.
    James Smith has been seen picking up plenty of red tickets partnering Jim Wilmer’s Van De Bay Girl, Quattro 27 and Valdiron, with wins at Muirmill and Morris.

  • THE inaugural Genghis Khan Ice Marathon has taken place in brutal conditions in Outer Mongolia.
    The race, which took place on a frozen river system, saw temperatures of -34°C in a country with the lowest density of human habitation on earth, in an area where wolves are more prevalent than people.

  • The second of five small pony premiers to be run throughout the country was hosted by Morris Equestrian Centre, Kilmarnock.

  • CATHERINE Walton had a day to remember at the West Percy point-to-point at Alnwick, last Sunday, when not only did she ride her 100th career winner but also recorded a treble.

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.