• 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.

  • JUST when I thought I'd seen it all, I came across a side saddle exhibitor preparing her horse within the shelter of a gazebo at the Royal Welsh Show this year.

  • HAVING been to only a few shows all season, I have attended five in the space of a month recently as spectator or judge.

  • 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.

  • I find it difficult to know what to feel about DEFRA's plans to centralise equine passports.

  • 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.