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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The sun shone and thing went to plan at Ayr Show, though the ground wasn't great in the practice ring, main arena itself held up well all day.

  • MUSSELBURGH proved a happy hunting ground for Linda Perratt when the East Kilbride trainer began May with a hat-trick of wins.



  • 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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