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  • Embryo transfer is a technique that allows us to breed from mares without interrupting their training/competition diary by using a surrogate mare to carry the foal.

  • SCOTTISH owners Paul and Clare Rooney have enjoyed a victorious run recently and the St Boswells-based couple celebrated an across-the-card double on March 21, after Red Spinner took the opener at Bangor-on-Dee, and The Last Samuri scored at Kelso.

  • Kinneston-based jockey, Kit Alexander (23), was the one to follow in last Saturday's Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire and Eglinton point-to-point fixture at Overton, Crossford as Master Butcher, Rossini's Dancer and Afterclass provided him with the first treble of his career.

  • Another busy Morris Equestrian Centre show saw 39 horses come forward to contest the Royal Highland Show's foxhunter qualifier, with nine clears to go against the clock, when two left the arena on a zero score.

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • The equestrian spectacle that was the Royal Highland Show - by which I mean the horses AND the horsey people - was a delightful four days, so much so that for the first time we felt we could bear a fifth!

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