Published: 19/10/2017 16:27 - Updated: 19/10/2017 23:21

Caithness trainers trot off with top award from Horse of the Year

 

James Munro riding Ebony King receives the award from confirmation judge A C M Spalding with ride judge Andrew Collins pictured left.
James Munro riding Ebony King receives the award from confirmation judge A C M Spalding with ride judge Andrew Collins pictured left.
 

A horse trained in Caithness took first place in the Small Show Hunter of the Year Championship at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

Irish-born five-year old Ebony King, trained by Russell Skelton and James Munro of Team Skelton at their yard near Wick and ridden by James, claimed first prize ahead of 28 competitors from around the UK and Europe.

Ebony King also won the Champion Hunter title at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh earlier this year.

Mr Munro, who was Head of Equestrian Studies at North Highland College UHI for over 25 years before retiring last month, said: “It went really well last week. Ebony King is much wiser than his years and has a very promising future ahead of him.
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