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.
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.
I'm not one for superlatives as regular readers of my column will know, however I will stick my neck out and say that quite unexpectedly I have recently seen the most spectacular of equine sights imaginable.
Like many of you, I was fit for bursting with Scottish pride when the former 'Braw Lad' from Galashiels, Ryan Mania, romped home to victory on Auroras Encore in the Grand National earlier in the month.