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  • Amie Waugh celebrated her 25th birthday by steering Whiteabbey to victory in the Ladies Open Race in last Saturday's rearranged Cumberland fixture on perfect jumping ground at Aspatria.

  • The junior shows have been picking up over the last few weeks thanks to the Highland show qualifiers but Tillyoch Equestrian at Milltimber, Aberdeen offered two days' worth of show jumping from 70cms upwards as well as qualifiers drawing competitors in from far and wide.

  • LUCINDA Russell completed a hat-trick at Kelso's final fixture of the season on May 24.

  • Nick Orpwood took his seasonal tally to 18 with a short-price double on Chaz Michaels and Milano Magic at Haydon point-to-point last week at blustery Hexham.

  • It has been a tough couple of months for The Cabin EC after sensibly ceasing competition after a horse tested positive to strangles.



  • Whether you keep one horse for pleasure or run a top class livery yard with 150 paying equines, this April (well all year round really) biosecurity must become an obsession.

  • Business support and negotiating regulations and rules has been our theme recently.

  • This late summer BHS Scotland has some particular welfare and safety concerns to contend with and, as usual, the answer to most of the questions we ask is education, but we also need clear enforceable policy.

  • By the time you read this a brand new class at Blair will be over and will surely be a resounding success.

  • Giving up sugar is considered a healthy way to control weight in humans because of a complicated relationship between sugar, mood, over eating, hormones and fat burning and we have all heard about hidden sugars in the modern processed diet.

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