• It may be affectionately known as the 'Wee County' but Clackmannanshire became centre of the universe at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) held in France earlier this month, when Joanne Eccles, from Tillicoultry, took the individual gold medal in the women's individual vaulting competition.

  • A RECENT judging trip to Ireland with its border control and foreign currency, brought home to me the need for all of us to concentrate our minds on the impending Scottish referendum.

  • 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.

  • IN A year when the Royal Highland can justly claim to have staged one of its most successful shows, there was a celebration of British Riding Pony breeding which might have gone unnoticed at this year’s Royal Highland had it not been for the fact that the Thistle Ring witnessed one of the best classes for plaited ponies ever staged in Scotland. 

  • Looking around the gathering of mourners at the recent funeral of well-known show producer Bob Templeton, I was intrigued to see how many young people had made the effort to attend.

  • It IS strange not to be emerging from a ‘proper’ winter although one would be hard pushed to define just what that it is nowadays. Emerging we are and at some pace during the month of March when everything seems to be early including the fields which are noticeably turning green.

  • It is little wonder that The Times described the National Theatre’s production of War Horse as the  “theatre event of the decade.”

  • I WAS interested to read in TSF recently, an appreciation for the sterling work done for BHS Scotland by Lorraine Young, who has been its chairman over the past seven years.

  • JUST when I thought that a master class given by Ferdi Eilberg was the highlight of this year's Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), Douglas Duffin produced the trump card on Saturday night when he took the Tagg Puisance show jumping competition with Julie McClelland's Volcano.

  • I am encouraged that at least three pony enthusiasts read last month's column which obviously motivated them sufficiently that they felt the need to write letters to the SF in defence of their much loved Eriskay breed.