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Hardy local riders brave the rain for combined training event

By Jean Gunn

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Fearne McCarthy and Boo taking part in a previous competition at the indoor school, Halkirk.
Fearne McCarthy and Boo taking part in a previous competition at the indoor school, Halkirk.

Rain failed to deter a good number of riders from taking part in a recent competition held at Sibster Mains, Wick.

Organised by Caithness Riding Club, the combined training involved dressage and showjumping classes on Saturday, October 9, a particularly wet day.

The event saw some new faces and a couple of riders taking young horses along to their first outing with the club.

A total of 37 dressage tests were ridden on the outdoor arena with Kimberley Battleday the judge for the day. The senior combined training champion was Mary Miller riding Poppy, with Fearne McCarthy and Boo coming top in the junior section.


Dressage – Intro A: 1 Lynne Sutherland, Drumcrave Laddie (68.26 per cent); 2 Caitlin Flavell, Laith (64.35); 3 Bryony Jack, Freddy (62.17); 4 Erin Mackenzie, Dandy Dave (60.43). Intro B: 1 Fearne McCarthy, Boo (65.65); 2 L Sutherland (64.78); 3 Isla Miller, Silver (63.70); 4 B Jack (63.69); 5 E Mackenzie (61.96); 6 C Flavell (60.22). Prelim 12: 1 Maureen Coghill, Ghillie (67.22); 2 F McCarthy (66.11); 3 Liam Mackenzie, Stroma (65); 4 Debbie Pottinger, Kevin, (64.07); 5 Lauren Oag, Trendy Lexus ((63.89); 6 Liam Mackenzie (62. 59). Prelim 14: 1 Lesley Forrest, Jazz (62.92); 2 Fiona Arnold, Rosie (59.58).

Novice 28: 1 Mary Miller, Poppy (69.58); 2 Morven Mackenzie, Tiff (68.12); 3 Rowan Lee, Teddy (67.08); 4 Frances Sutherland, Cosmos (66.04); 5 Meghan Blackwood, Bob (65.83); 6 Sarah Aitken, Start Smart (63.75). Novice 30: 1 M Blackwood (68.27); 2 Gabriella Ivey, Rupert (66.35); 3 R Lee, Teddy (64.01); R Lee, Pedro (57.92). Elementary 44: 1 F Sutherland (66.60); 2 S Aitken (65.6); 3 G Ivey (65).

Combined Training: 50cm: 1 F McCarthy; 2 L Sutherland; 3 I Miller; 4 C Flavell; 5 E Mackenzie. 60cm: D Pottinger. 70cm: L Mackenzie, Stroma. 80cm: 1 M Coghill; 2 L Oag, Trendy Lexus; 3 L Mackenzie, Henry; 4 Emma Coghill, King; 5 Ruth Alexander, Harry. 90cm: 1 M Mackenzie; 2 L Oag, Candy Reign; 3 R Lee, Pedro. 100cm: 1 M Miller; 2 F Sutherland.

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