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Busy start to 2022 for local horse riders

By Jean Gunn

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Some of the local riders who took part in one of the first jumping competitions of 2021.
Some of the local riders who took part in one of the first jumping competitions of 2021.

A dressage improvers day is the first scheduled event of the 2022 calendar for Caithness Riding Club.

Giving tips on how riders can achieve better marks in dressage tests will be Kimberley Battleday. This event is set to go ahead on Saturday, January 22, with private and semi-private sessions available at the indoor riding school, Halkirk.

A dressage league competition will be held on the Sunday with Kimberley judging. The dressage competitions being run by the club have been proving popular with a good number of riders taking part.

In February, young local coach Frances Sutherland will be providing a weekend clinic, with flat lessons on Saturday 12 and jumping the following day. Another dressage league is planned for the last weekend of February along with a fun jumping day.

The first event in March will be a clinic with popular local instructor James Munro. This will take place on March 12-13.

Bookings for the Riding Club events can be made through Entrymaster on the website – caithnessridingclub.com

Meanwhile Caithness branch of the Pony Club will be kicking things off in Halkirk with a rally on January 15-16, coach for this event will be Frances Sutherland.

In February they will be staging a gymkhana and showjumping qualifiers on Saturday, February 5, followed by an arena event, open to all, on the Sunday.

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