• World Horse Welfare is urging the public to consider rehoming as the charity highlights the horses and ponies on its rehoming scheme who have been waiting the longest for a loving home.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Northern Area Point-to-Point trainers, Tim Brockbank, Caroline Crow and Joanne Martin-Mayland all sent out their first winners of the campaign at the well supported Cumberland fixture at Heathfield near Aspatria on Saturday, and there was also a first double for Northumbrian handler, Drew Holmes.

  • BDS West of Scotland hosted its first indoor carriage driving event at Morris Equestrian centre where 81 entries came forward to contest a variety of classes from potential driving pony, long reining, ride and drive then carriage and cart classes to suit all drivers and abilities.

  • KEITH Dalgleish began May in winning form after starting the month with a double at Hamilton.
    The Carluke trainer saddled Glenrowan Rose to head the five-furlong stakes, and then saw Archie’s Advice land the concluding one-mile handicap. Rose collected a prize of £17,430 for owners Weldspec Glasgow.

  • ONE of the North’s most experienced amateur riders, Jamie Alexander (51), rolled back the years with the first double of his career on Allthekingshorses and Royal Chatelier in last Saturday’s well supported Fife Foxhounds point-to-point meeting at Balcormo Mains.

  • ONE young lady has hit incredible form just at the right time to scoop up as many Royal Highland Show qualifiers as possible.

  • IN THE latest of 'firsts' for the Dales pony breed, Bill Ireland’s famous home-bred mare, Kilmannan Black Pearl, was crowned Scottish-bred Horse/Pony of the Year at the Scottish Equine Breeder’s Association (SEBA) award ceremony held at Auchterarder, last week.

  • THE assets of good grassland, for feed and exercising, are often under-estimated by horse keepers, according to Limagrain UK’s grass seed specialist, Ian Misselbrook.

  • PEARL of Peace (pictured right) is the UK’s first ‘gold’ Andalusian stallion – the uniquely coloured four-year-old is one of few horses in the world to possess the rare and newly mapped pearl gene.

  • Galloway Pony Club members travel to Barstobrick, to represent Galloway in a team show jumping competition organised by Stewartry Branch.