• 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.

  • THE FIRST running of the British Driving Society’s indoor carriage driving event was held on April 10 at Morris Equestrian Centre, in Fenwick, Ayrshire.

  • One horse feeding topic that is rarely covered and one which is surprisingly common, is that of the ‘picky eater’.

  • WITH so many shows on around the country in various different disciplines, it was no surprise that Morris EC’s spring show was a little quieter than normal but still as competitive as riders battled it out for a Highland show, Summer Extravaganza qualifier and the BS indoor championship.

  • Controlling worms effectively is an important part of horse healthcare, but there are so many sources of information and products on the market that it soon becomes a confusing minefield.

  • JOCKEYS’ agent, Bruce Jeffrey, enjoyed a successful afternoon at Hexham, when riders on his books accounted for six of the card’s seven races.

  • SOLID Strike confirmed that he is still on an upward curve with his third victory of the season under owner/trainer/rider, Paul Collins, in the Braes of Derwent intermediate race at the Downhills course, near Corbridge, last Saturday.

  • As the Scottish elections loom, the British Horse Society has written to all prospective MSPs seeking support to improve the safety, health and welfare of Scotland's horses and ponies and strengthen our equine industry.

  • SCOTT Brash rode a phenomenal win with Hello Forever, the 10 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Lady Pauline Kirkham and Lady Pauline Harris in Friday’s feature class, the CSI5* 1.50m Massimo Dutti Trophy in Mexico.

  • SCIENTISTS at Moredun are currently developing a novel diagnostic blood test for the assessment of encysted small strongyle larval burdens in horses. The diagnostic test detects antibodies to larval cyathostomins encysted in the gut wall of infected horses.

  • Highfield Equestrian Centre at Howe near Ladybank in Fife was the venue for an Arena Event held in aid of World Horse Welfare on Sunday 3rd April.

  • AS the National Hunt season begins to wind down through the month of April, those wishing to get another fix can head to the Fife point-to-point at Bolcorno Mains, Largo, on Saturday, April 23.

  • HUSBAND and wife, Sandy and Quona Thomson, completed quite a feat when both saddled winners at their local Kelso track on April 11 – New Vic’s 25-1 victory in the prestigious Buccleuch Cup maiden hunter chase, gave Greenlaw-based Quona a first win under Rules and an hour later Sandy sent Imperial Prince to an 8-1 success in the handicap hurdle race.

  • Nine years after making a winning debut at Overton, the diminutive Sea Scout is still going strong and sailed in for a remarkable 14th career victory in the Ladies Open Race in Sunday’s well supported Morpeth fixture at a sun-drenched Tranwell.

  • Competitors welcomed the chance to jump outside in the spring sunshine at Tillyoch Equestrian, just outside Aberdeen.