Caithness riders compete at Forgandenny
Seven riders from Caithness Riding Club took part in the Area 22 horse trials and open one-day event hosted recently by Fife Hunt branch of the Pony Club at Forgandenny.
Linda Ramsøy, riding Hinkelien (Heidi), started the day off well coming second in the dressage in her section of the 80cm class with a score of 30.5. The local PC district commissioner went on to go clear in the show jumping, but an unfortunate navigational error in the cross-country meant she missed out on clinching the first prize in the ODE.
In the other adult open 80cm section Anne Alexander, originally of Lyth, dusted off her riding boots and took her old faithful eventing companion Brudar (Benson) out of retirement to tackle his first horse trials in a good number of years.
Anne, now based in Edinburgh, and her 24-year-old gelding came third after going clear in both the show jumping and the cross-country, finishing on a dressage score of 34.5.
Her sister Mary Miller picked up a seventh prize in the 90cm section riding her own Mademoiselle Buffet (Poppy). They also jumped a double clear, ending on a dressage score of 35.8.
Emma Coghill took the chance to move up a level at the competition with her young horse Rainbows Little Rock. They put in a great performance, coming second in their first 110cm class together, finishing on a dressage score of 33, earning them a third prize in their dressage arena.
The previous weekend Emma came third in the 100 section at the British event held at the same course, and just last weekend the partnership came fifth at Kirriemuir in their first BE novice section, with a double clear.
Also taking part on the day were Jean Gunn, riding Diamond Gypsy Jo, who although returning a personal best with only 0.4 time penalties in the cross-country section of the 90cm class didn’t come home with a rosette. Sophia Ramsøy, riding her own Patsy, also did very well with a very fast clear cross-country in the 100cm section.
Gail Mackay, riding Templebready Boy (Brady), took part in their first 100cm class together and had a good dressage of 32.3. However, a full up show jumping track caused competitors a number of problems and the partnership were one of those caught out by the last jump which meant they were unable to go forward to the final cross-country phase.
The previous weekend Gail and Brady returned jubilant from Forgandenny after coming second in their BE90 section, finishing on a dressage score of 31.5.
The local riding club team would not have been able to compete in the Area 22 horse trials competition without supplying a volunteer for the day, with Carol Taylor, of Thurso, kindly travelling down to help out.
Carol was a jump judge on the cross-country all day and one of more than 100 volunteers needed to help run the open ODE which attracted a record number of competitors. Over 250 riders took part in the eight different sections. The cross-country ran from around 9am to 7.30pm.