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.
WITH news of the recent awards scheme for Scottish-bred ponies and horses started by the Scottish Equine Breeders Association (SEBA) it comes as little surprise that the initiative has come from the association's chairman, Dougal Dick, whose life-long service to the pony world continues.
As I came across a small group of Highland ponies recently looking down towards Gleneagles at the head of Glen Devon, I had to wonder why DEFRA has recently put forward a proposal to introduce a single passport issuing organisation for all equines.
Have you noticed that the television adverts for cosmetics, deodorants and perfumes rapidly took a dive after Christmas only to be superceded by similar-looking glamorous and youthful gods and goddesses flaunting the joys of holidaying abroad?
I feel almost guilty submitting a photograph of a fat, healthy, happy pony playing in the snow when I know that there must be hundreds, if not thousands, of others in less than favourable conditions at present.