• AS I arrived for commentating duties at Central and West Fife Show minutes after the light horse administration marquee blew down in the hurricane force winds we had two weekends ago, the thoughts occurred to me firstly, "Has anyone been hurt?" and secondly, "What would the Health & Safety Executive have to say about that?"

  • I HAVE to take my hat off to the board of directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for its recent decision to make a huge £500,000 commitment to the light horse section at Ingliston by investing in an all-weather surface for Ring 6.

  • Despite the euphoria expressed in last month's column about my incredible trip to the Cheltenham Festival, I can't say that it wasn't a hassle getting there and back.

  • There's a crisp £50 note sitting in my wallet which I'm loathe to pend as its very presence evokes wonderful memories of a recent visit to the Cheltenham Festival and, yes, it was my return for a bet on the winner of The Betfred Champion Gold Cup.

  • The Stirling Bull Sales was less of an eye-opener that I expected when I made my first ever visit to the famous event earlier this month.

  • AT A time of year which is depressing for more reasons than one, it came as light relief to receive the accompanying photograph which had winged its way via the Internet from the other side of the world.

  • While expectations run high every year at the Horse of the Year Show no one could have predicted the success of Scottish exhibitors at this year's event which was impressive by any standard.

  • 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.