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  • Kinneston trainer, Nick Alexander, is enjoying one of his best point-to-point seasons and increased his tally to eight with a double from Rossini's Dancer and Back On The Road on last Saturday's well supported Fife card at Balcormo Mains.

  • TOM Hamilton posted a milestone 50th career success aboard High Fair - the first leg of a double at Perth, on April 22, for trainer, Sandy Forster.

  • IAIN WARNOCK scored a useful double at Highfield of Howe, recently, when he took two of the Highland Show qualifiers on offer.

  • Bonchester Bridge jockey, Joanna Walton (20), recorded the first double of her career on Drill Sergeant and Oscar Stanley in last Sunday's Braes of Derwent point-to-point meeting at Corbridge.

  • 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.



  • 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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