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  • The equine industry in Scotland is growing, and, according to Horse Scotland, it contributes £228m to the Scottish economy per year (excluding racing) -however, there is a need for greater regulation and co-ordination in order to reduce risks, including health and welfare.

  • Heavy rain, which had started mid-morning before clearing after the third race, eased the going to 'good to soft' in last Sunday's Morpeth Hunt point-to-point fixture at Tranwell and the hardy enthusiasts who had braved the elements were rewarded with a dry, sunny afternoon for the second half of the card.

  • Having travelled to the CSIO1* in Valencia, Spain, just a few weeks ago, Charlotte Geddes and her horses look to be up and running ready for the Scottish circuit with an outing to a busy SNEC proving fruitful.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Waugh, Sutherland Riding Club's training officer, is heading south to Gloucestershire early next month to compete in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championship and in so doing she becomes the first rider from Sutherland ever to do so.



  • 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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