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Great Yorkshire bound!

AT Richmond EC recently, from more than 30 starters, Madelaine Archibald and her 128cm pony, Tazmania 11 led the class to the last rider who just pipped her to second spot.

Madelaine and Tasmania 11
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A veritable equine feast!

DESPITE the fact that we’ve only just reached the middle of May, there has been a veritable equestrian feast to be enjoyed on television this month, starting with Badminton Horse Trials which saw superb coverage albeit on BBC’s red button.

The Queen's home-bred Highland Pony which won the working class at the 2014 Royal Highland Show
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Looking forward on Orkney

ORKNEY Riding Club is looking forward to the summer, according to secretary, Helen Foulis.
“We usually have an average of 78-80 members who take part in all disciplines. We run weekly club nights, and also support clinics with instructors from south, including David Gatherer, Andrew Hamilton, Eric MacKechnie. Ashleigh Reilly, Colin Hexley, to name but a few.

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Big entries compete for Scottish Friends titles

With 140 horses pre entered and another 103 horses forward on the day, the Scottish Friends Open Show held at Morris Equestrian Centre, Fenwick, has proved to be the most popular early show in Scotland so far this season.

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Cave Hunter records 50th victory

Scottish jockeys Kit Alexander, Kelly Bryson, Tom Hamilton and Rachael McDonald all had a winner in Sunday’s well supported Border Hunt fixture at a sun-drenched Hexham Racecourse.

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Our fabulous human resource and even more fabulous farmers

People are amazing! And this month, more than ever, the BHS in Scotland is acutely aware of the weight of human support we have as we go about our business of improving life for Scotlands horses.

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Navicular syndrome is a lifetime condition

Navicular syndrome or ‘palmar foot pain’ is a condition of the equine foot where pain arises from the navicular bone and the surrounding complex network of interconnecting soft tissue structures.

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome (obesity and insulin resistance)

Obesity is fast becoming as big a problem in the horse population as it is in humans. Where the horse was once a hard working “beast of burden” the horse is now mostly kept for pleasure and leisure with a much reduced work load.

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Local front runner scores

SCOTSWELL produced a game front-running performance to win at his local Kelso track on May 4, for Jedburgh trainer Harriet Graham, who also bred the gelding.

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Juniors chase qualifiers

AT this time of the year, junior riders start to head further afield chasing qualifiers and hoping to catch the selectors’ eyes for teams leaving the shows at home a little quieter.