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Rain fails to dampen spirits at Caithness Pony Club event


By Jean Gunn

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Rachel MacGregor delighted with the rosette board she won after coming first in the lead rein jumping with Dandy.
Rachel MacGregor delighted with the rosette board she won after coming first in the lead rein jumping with Dandy.

Despite very wet weather conditions at the weekend Caithness branch of the Pony Club held its first competition since lockdown.

Entries were good for both the showjumping and arena event with three new members coming forward to take part. Saturday's competition, held at the indoor school in Halkirk, included qualifiers for the Scottish spring festival final to be held at the national equestrian centre next April.

Young Rachel MacGregor won the lead rein showjumping competition and was delighted to receive a rosette holder made in the Pony Club colours, donated by Judith and Molly Miller, Bilbster.

Branch district commissioner Debbie Pottinger, who took up the post in August, said: "It was good to see people getting out to events again and despite the rain spirits were high. I think everyone had a great time and the horses jumped well."

The showjumping phase was set up in the indoor school, while the cross country type fences were built in the outdoor area. Competition in the arena eventing proved exciting with some of the younger competitors keen to make tight turns and return speedy times even in the continual rain.

Leoni Kennedy won the 80cm arena event on Linnesdale Sovereign.
Leoni Kennedy won the 80cm arena event on Linnesdale Sovereign.

Results

Showjumping – Lead rein:1 Rachel MacGregor, Dandy; 2 Erica Pottinger, Cherry; 3 Dylan Sutherland, DJ, 4 Anna Cameron, Crusty, 5 Ella Budge, Fancy. 40cm: 1 E Pottinger; 2 D Sutherland; 3 R MacGregor; 4 E Budge. 50cm: Aimee Holmes, Poppet. 60cm: 1 Leoni Kennedy, Fin; 2 Aimee Holmes, Minnie. 70cm: 1 Alysha Holmes, Abermanai Annie; 2 Erin Hewitson, Cloontuskert Orga Mist; 3 L Kennedy, Linnesdale Sovereign; 4 E Hewitson, Balladen Tinkerbelle; 5 L Kennedy, Fin; 6 Eimear Henderson, Grace. 80cm and qualifier: 1 Charlotte Gillon, Beinne Theine; 2 C Gillon, Letterkenny Kaiser; 3 Liam Mackenzie, Llanidan Bonheddwr; 4 Eve Nicoll, Sheldon; 5, L Kennedy, Linnesdale Sovereign; 6, Sophia Ramsøy, Lambada. 90cm and qualifier: Megan Gillon, Beinne Theine; 2 Morven Mackenzie, Atlantic Tiffany; 3 L Mackenzie; 4 S Ramsøy, Elsa; 5 C Gillon; 6 E Nicoll. 1m: S Ramsøy, Elsa.

Arena Event – 70cm: 1 E Hewitson, Cloontuskert Orga Mist; 2 L Mackenzie; 3 Alysha Holmes; 4 L Kennedy, Linnesdale Sovereign; 5 L Kennedy, Minnie; 6 E Hewitson, Tinkerbelle. 70cm non-members: Kira Fraser, Welly. 80cm: 1 L Kennedy, Linnesdale Sovereign; 2 L Mackenzie; 3 M Mackenzie; 4eq M Gillon and E Hewitson, Cloontuskert Orga Mist; 6 Alysha Holmes. 80cm non-members: 1 Lauren Oag, Mac; 2 K Fraser; 3 Emma Mackay, Beau, 4 L Oag, Mya. 90cm and qualifier: 1 M Gillon; 2 C Gillon, 3 M Mackenzie; 4 E Nicoll. 90cm non-members: 1 L Oag, Mac; 2 E Mackay; 3 L Oag, Mya. 1m and qualifier: C Gillon. 1m non-members: J Gunn, Josie.



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