• Is it a hack? Is it a hunter? No it’s a riding horse. It’s not often that I’m stuck for words, however I found myself floundering a bit recently when a friend asked me to explain to her daughter what the judges looked for in a riding horse.

  • BRITAIN'S most northerly trainer, Jackie Stephen, celebrated her 50th birthday with a winner.

  • Zara Phillips was among more than 200 international riders competing at the Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials.

  • Keith Dalgleish wasn't on hand when his Carluke stable posted a 566-1 four-timer at Hamilton on June 18 - celebrating the achievement instead at Royal Ascot.

  • During the national classes there was again some hard fought contests as per usual.

  • The juniors were back in the jumping arena this year after being relegated to the Thistle ring due to ground conditions last year.

  • Take sunshine, huge crowds, some of the best riders in the country, one of Britain's top course designers, a fabulous atmosphere and £18,000 prize money and what unfolded was the best show jumping class of this year's Royal Highland Show.

  • The weather held for Fife County show where the ground was surprisingly hard.

  • BHS Scotland has just returned from a smoothly run and vibrant three days of sport and trade stand at Floors Castle International Horse Trials and then it was Balmoral - so early summer activities are in full swing.

  • JIM Goldie celebrated two doubles in two days at Ayr.

  • The Central Scotland Highland Pony Club ran a well attended spring show alongside the Highland Pony Society parade of stallions at Gleneagles. 

  • Amie Waugh and Tristan Davidson shared the riding honours with doubles in the Border Hunt point-to-point fixture at Hexham Racecourse last Sunday, while in-form trainer, Victor Thompson also sent out two winners for the third weekend in a row.

  • Testing ground was how the jockeys described the going at the Cumberland point to point at Aspatria on Saturday, when Gunner Jack recorded his 18th success between the flags in the Men's Open.

  • The first outdoor show of the season held at Strathallan, near Auchterarder, allowed the riders and horses their first taste of jumping on grass this season.

  • WITH more than 100 ponies stabled on site and juniors from across Scotland, the three day Junior British Showjumping show at The Cabin Equestrian Centre, Inverurie, drew the biggest entries in the North of Scotland for the past 15 years.

  • The ENDOCRINE disorder known as Cushing's disease - named after the American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing - was something of a novelty in horses when I began working at Glasgow University's veterinary school in the late 1980s.

  • RECORDS WERE set this month - trainer Lucinda Russell surpassing Len Lungo's Scottish tally of 63 winners in a season, and jockey Ryan Mania riding his 50th winner this term.

  • Tom Hamilton, the 18-year-old, regained his lead for the men’s title after riding a double at the Tynedale point to point, on Sunday, at Downhills, Corbridge.

  • There is something of the Boadicea (or do I mean Laurence Olivier - aka great actor) about the flaky mare this February.

  • Following in the footsteps of Pauline Robson, Clive Storey, Peter Craggs, Kevin Anderson and the late Charlie Macmillan, Tristan Davidson, 34, became the sixth post-war Northern Area jockey to reach the magical one hundred winner mark between the flags with a double on the Victor Thompson-trained geldings, Mr Shahady and Sharivarry in last Sunday’s Dumfriesshire and Stewartry meeting at Overton Farm, Crossford.