AN eight-year-old mare made it two on the trot at the in-hand show of Highland ponies at Blair Atholl Horse Trials, last week, when she lifted the supreme championship for the second year in succession.
The Scottish leg of the Home Pony series 2014 hosted by Morris Equestrian Centre, Kilmarnock was certainly one to remember with some wild entertainment described as fun, unusual and at times completely outrageous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.