• SELKIRK trainer, Stuart Coltherd and his jockey son, Sam, ended January in victorious form.
    The Borders handler saw Captain Redbeard ridden to a 9-1 success by teenage son Sam in the 2½-mile handicap hurdle race at Sedgefield on January 31.

  • SEVERAL riders have been doing well at different show centres in the last couple of weeks.
    James Smith has been seen picking up plenty of red tickets partnering Jim Wilmer’s Van De Bay Girl, Quattro 27 and Valdiron, with wins at Muirmill and Morris.

  • THE inaugural Genghis Khan Ice Marathon has taken place in brutal conditions in Outer Mongolia.
    The race, which took place on a frozen river system, saw temperatures of -34°C in a country with the lowest density of human habitation on earth, in an area where wolves are more prevalent than people.

  • The second of five small pony premiers to be run throughout the country was hosted by Morris Equestrian Centre, Kilmarnock.

  • CATHERINE Walton had a day to remember at the West Percy point-to-point at Alnwick, last Sunday, when not only did she ride her 100th career winner but also recorded a treble.

  • THE weather has been a major talking point so far in 2016, with storms initially causing problems before snow fell thwarting riders plans to travel to shows and also keep their horses fit in between.

  • CHOOKIE Royale recorded his 10th win from 17 starts on the all-weather when winning at Kempton this month.

  • I WONDER how many of our equine breeders took note of fellow columnist John Elliott, when he wrote in The SF just before New Year about attending a talk given by doyen Aberdeen-Angus breeder, Willie McLaren.

  • A diastema is the term used to describe a gap found between the teeth in horses.  These gaps can vary in size and number and occur most commonly in the cheek teeth of horses. Diastemata (the pleural of diastema) have been increasingly recognized as a major cause of oral pain in horses; resulting in quidding (dropping of unchewed food) and weight loss.

  • MARK Turnbull from Dunfermline produced a fine performance to win the SEIB Winter Novice Qualifier at The Scottish National Equestrian Centre in Broxburn, West Lothian.

  • The ground is sodden, the rain has been relentless we can reflect on the effect that El Nino has had on our weather yet again. Yet remarkably in spite of an unwanted deluge on the XC day of Blair, much equestrian sport last year had been unaffected.

  • “The rain it raineth on the just
    And also on the unjust fella;
    But chiefly on the just, because
    The unjust hath the just’s umbrella”
    Written by Baron Bowen, who was known for his judicial politeness in the 1800s, this quote based on the bible and Shakespeare rings true for us all.

  • Whilst some studs will currently be in the midst of foaling the majority of foals in Scotland hit the ground between the months of March and June.

  • Muirmill’s two-day junior show ran despite a battering from Storm Frank which hit the first evening and forced some to stay an extra day.

  • SANDY Thomson began the New Year in great form with a prestigious victory at Cheltenham part of an across the card double on New Year’s day.

  • SHETLAND pony and former Royal Regiment of Scotland Mascot, Cruachan III, was awarded the Tarragon Trophy from The British Horse Society at a special event held in Redford Barracks, in Edinburgh.

  • COLIC is defined as abdominal pain in horses. The term colic can encompass pain from all forms of gastrointestinal problems and therefore refers to a clinical sign not a specific diagnosis.

  • THE sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteer Awards 2015, were held recently in Glasgow City Halls.

  • LUCY and Nick Alexander teamed up for their second Newcastle double this month.

  • GALLOWAY Branch of The Pony Club held a Festive Fun Afternoon at Terally Equestrian Centre which saw elves, snowmen, Santas, and parcels all riding ponies festooned with tinsel and baubles when 16 members turned up for an afternoon of fancy dress, fun and games.