Emma delighted with regional final win
A YOUNG Caithness event rider has qualified to take part in the Airowear BE80(T) Championships after coming first in the regional final held at Scotsburn.
Sixteen-year-old Emma Mackay, of Stirkoke, Wick, was one of a handful of riders throughout the classes on the day who made the time on the very hilly cross-country phase. She went clear in both the showjumping and the cross country, finishing on her dressage score of 35.3.
Emma, a junior member of Caithness Riding Club, said she was delighted with her win and felt she was well prepared for the demanding Scotsburn course as she had been doing lots of hill work with her horse Laucors Boadicea, a 15-year-old, 15.2hh bay mare.
Unfortunately it looks unlikely that Emma will make the journey down to the championships at Kelsall Hill, Cheshire, in September as she will be studying towards her next exams at Wick High School.
Among the other Caithness riders doing well at the Global Energy Scotsburn Horse Trials was Sophia Ramsøy who came second in the BE90 pony club section riding her own young horse Hinkelien, who just had an unfortunate pole down in the showjumping.
Emma Coghill and Rainbows Little Rock continued with the string of successes they been having since moving up a level to the novice section. They have been continually in the ribbons at their outings this season and on this occasion they picked up a fifth place after a double clear.
In the BE100 section Khara Findlater and Whaupshill Touche came fifth after a double clear and had just 2.8 time penalties on the cross country.
Taking part in her first BE event was Vicky Shearer, Westfield, who put in a great performance to come sixth with her own young mare, Rosie. They also went clear in both the showjumping and the cross country.