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Big entries compete for Scottish Friends titles

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.

With many qualifiers up for grabs, competitors travelled miles to support the event which offered an array of rosettes, sashes and prize money.
The Mountain and Moorland working hunter champion, Bridgehouse Boy, owned by Linda Humphries and piloted by daughter Christine, was the judging panels’ choice to receive the overall supreme champion title in a hotly contested line up.
Bridgehouse Boy with Christine was also reserve M and M ridden champion and reserve junior ridden champion.
Reserve supreme was 12-year-old Olivia Cousens, riding her father Charlie’s 133cm SHP reserve champion, Westerby Firelight.
The younger jockeys were delighted to have their own mini supreme and it was Carol Masons lead rein shp champion impressed the most.
Caradines Little Lord was ridden by Brian Farrell for Carol Mason and led by producer Charlie Cousens.
Reserve was the runner up M and M mini champion, Lexi Brash riding Wellbank Gabriel, led by her mother Kirsty.
Mountain and Moorland ponies appeared in their droves, and judge Mrs Pat Renwick chose Jane McNaught’s novice Highland, Heather Jock of Fourmerk as her champion and silver medal winner.
The M and M in hand section was equally popular where Lorraine Clynes-Thomas selected her champion and silver medal winner in the Shetland Stallion, Hagrid of Catchpool, owned by Shona Thomson and led by Georgia Quinlan. Reserve in this section went to S Doran’s Highland, Whitefield Prince Valiant.
In hand riding/hunter pony section, judged by Sarah Coulter, saw her champion as the nine-year-old part-bred shp, The Ultimate Legacy, owned by Pam Simpson and ridden by her daughter Emily. This duo also took hunter pony ridden champion. Reserve in hand champion went to Andrew Milne mature looking yearling, Penmaric Rhythm.
Show pony champion and reserve went to sisters, Chloe Waugh on the 148cm Rhos Emblem, and Bella Waugh on the 128cms Small Land, respectively.
Horse champion was Mary Nicol’s Fyrefly, ridden by her daughter Zoe with Lillian Cloy’s Georid Ap-Chad in reserve.
Junior ridden champion was Sarah-Jane Crichton, riding Pennyfeathers Royal Prince.
Mini M and M champion was Charlie Mitchell riding his mother’s Claire Section A Carylmar Posh Spice. Charlie was also reserve mini working hunter.
The weather was kind to the working hunter competitors where course builder Tricia Fearn presented a good flowing course. Champion working hunter pony was Jenny Elliot’s Clonbrock Champ, ridden by her daughter Jessica. Reserve was Maia Fleming, riding her mother’s Wortley Dragoon. Maia was also mini WHP champion and reserve working hunter pony.
Working hunter champion was Heather Kerr riding her mother’s Noble Steed, with Mark Wilson riding Trew and Moy runner up.
Mini working hunter reserve was Jasmine Bleazard riding Thisledown Scots Haar.