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Driving forward in the west!

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.

Ailsa Noble and Peddieslees Andy on their way to earning a Blair qualifier

Morris EC were particularly pleased to welcome the first Clydesdale horses to their centre in what is hoped to be the first of many events of this kind at this venue.
Bridge of Earn’s Richard Lanni travelled down with a pair of Gelderlanders, Symen and Vinney, driven to a 1960s Phaeton to catch the eye of Concours d’Elegance judge, Morean Hamilton, in a well supported class showing a wide range of traditional and traditionally built vehicles.
Richard also took light horse champion ahead of local driver, Gillian McNinch, having her first outing of the season with The Longhouse Glam Rock.
Elaine Ramsay’s family is famous in the Clydesdale world with the Millisle name known worldwide. It was Elaine’s Glen who caught the eye of judge, Jonathon Carnduff, from Northern Ireland, who commented on their lightness and way of going in their ladies two-wheel cart which saw them take the single cart class.
Father Hugh’s team of Clydesdales made the ground at Morris shake as they paraded before topping the heavy horse teams to take the championship ahead of Charlotte Young.
Grand-daughter, Ailsa Noble, is more often seen in the show jumping arena but swapped onto a larger mount, Peggieslees Andy, to head the ridden Blair qualifier.
In the ride and drive section it was the very versatile Storm who stood out for judge Alistair Munro.This pair also went onto win the single pony class.
Driven by Ruth Martin, this pair has just enjoyed a Boyd Excell training clinic but Storm can also be seen out winning dressage under saddle with rider, Emma Gibson.
This Welsh pony also went on to compete at this event in the concours, private driving, arena challenge and accumulator cones.
The arena challenge event of cones and obstacles driven at speed is always a crowd pleaser with Ian McKendrick, just back from the national indoor championships at Keysoe winning the multiples with a team of very quick Shetlands.
Mary Kusin and her pair of Welsh ponies came a close second.
Pat Gillan and her trotter, Tommy, completed two clear rounds in respectable times in the larger class to pick up their rosette.
Area commissioner, Kendall Young, was delighted with the day and had many expressions of thanks from competitors and visitors alike with BDS West of Scotland planning to make this an annual event.