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Greg starts new year in style

Rowallan's first senior show of the New Year where one of the more local riders to the centre won six classes over the weekend.

Greg Taylor, winner of the Royal Highland Show grand prix is now based with Ayrshire owner, Jim Wilmer, where he is building up Jim's team of horses quietly with the results starting to show.

The big Cruising mare, Baskin Diamond Cruise, found in Ireland for Jim by David Williams, has found her form winning two newcomers classes and will shortly make the move up to foxhunter.

Returning to the ring after time off are old favourites Cavalier Agostino and Shakira. Bringing up the rear is the youngster, Quidam Barbarella, bred by Fiona Wilmer by Quote out of her own Duca De Busted mare. At their third outing they scored in a British novice to bring their weekend's tally up to six red tickets.

Scotland AI Services' Ben Wentink has had fun watching his powerful stallion, Tsjakka, compete in the puissance at HOYS last year as well as compete in some major grand prix around the country. It was nice to see him on home soil popping round a 1.30m track, beating his travelling companion Silverstone VDL in a 1.30m open, both well ridden by Phillipa Curry.

At Ingliston's Hogmanay show, Jemma Kirk was in top form. Having completed a few shows in France with Wexford, they were second in the grand prix in Le Mans as well as winning and being placed at Barbizon and St Lo.

Returning to home soil jumping a 1.30m must seem like a sweetener for her seasoned campaigner who, along with stable mate Quincy 126, left the rest of the field standing by a five-second margin.

Greg Taylor took home four rosettes for his owner Jim Wilmer. Shakira is back out and enjoying her job after showing all the signs of grass sickness and with careful nursing has returned to almost completely normal.