• Nick Orpwood took his seasonal tally to 18 with a short-price double on Chaz Michaels and Milano Magic at Haydon point-to-point last week at blustery Hexham.

  • It has been a tough couple of months for The Cabin EC after sensibly ceasing competition after a horse tested positive to strangles.

  • I HAVE to take my hat off to the board of directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for its recent decision to make a huge £500,000 commitment to the light horse section at Ingliston by investing in an all-weather surface for Ring 6.

  • The sun shone and thing went to plan at Ayr Show, though the ground wasn't great in the practice ring, main arena itself held up well all day.

  • MUSSELBURGH proved a happy hunting ground for Linda Perratt when the East Kilbride trainer began May with a hat-trick of wins.

  • TWICE retired jockey Will Ramsay, made a memorable comeback to record the second double of his race-riding career at Saturday's Lauderdale point-to-point.

  • One of the most popular questions that I am asked as a nutritionist is:

  • Kinneston trainer, Nick Alexander, is enjoying one of his best point-to-point seasons and increased his tally to eight with a double from Rossini's Dancer and Back On The Road on last Saturday's well supported Fife card at Balcormo Mains.

  • TOM Hamilton posted a milestone 50th career success aboard High Fair - the first leg of a double at Perth, on April 22, for trainer, Sandy Forster.

  • IAIN WARNOCK scored a useful double at Highfield of Howe, recently, when he took two of the Highland Show qualifiers on offer.

  • Bonchester Bridge jockey, Joanna Walton (20), recorded the first double of her career on Drill Sergeant and Oscar Stanley in last Sunday's Braes of Derwent point-to-point meeting at Corbridge.

  • The equine industry in Scotland is growing, and, according to Horse Scotland, it contributes £228m to the Scottish economy per year (excluding racing) -however, there is a need for greater regulation and co-ordination in order to reduce risks, including health and welfare.

  • Heavy rain, which had started mid-morning before clearing after the third race, eased the going to 'good to soft' in last Sunday's Morpeth Hunt point-to-point fixture at Tranwell and the hardy enthusiasts who had braved the elements were rewarded with a dry, sunny afternoon for the second half of the card.

  • Having travelled to the CSIO1* in Valencia, Spain, just a few weeks ago, Charlotte Geddes and her horses look to be up and running ready for the Scottish circuit with an outing to a busy SNEC proving fruitful.

  • Despite the euphoria expressed in last month's column about my incredible trip to the Cheltenham Festival, I can't say that it wasn't a hassle getting there and back.

  • Amanda Waugh, Sutherland Riding Club's training officer, is heading south to Gloucestershire early next month to compete in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Grassroots Championship and in so doing she becomes the first rider from Sutherland ever to do so.

  • Whether you keep one horse for pleasure or run a top class livery yard with 150 paying equines, this April (well all year round really) biosecurity must become an obsession.

  • CHARLOTTE Dun recorded an emotional success on Saturday, when the 19-year-old posted a first point-to-point win at the Berwickshire fixture, and half-an-hour later made it a double.

  • Paul Barker has been absent from Scotland for a while but made his return a winning one when taking two of the major qualifiers on offer at the Morris EC's Development Classic four day senior show.

  • Embryo transfer is a technique that allows us to breed from mares without interrupting their training/competition diary by using a surrogate mare to carry the foal.