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Record number of riders at Halkirk dressage competition


By Jean Gunn

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Aimee Holmes and Poppet on their way to winning the cross poles jumping class. Picture: Lynn Ronaldson
Aimee Holmes and Poppet on their way to winning the cross poles jumping class. Picture: Lynn Ronaldson

It was a busy weekend for Caithness Riding Club with competitions getting back under way at the indoor school in Halkirk.

On Saturday the dressage attracted a record number of entries with members keen to sign up to the first event in the winter league. Despite wet conditions a full day of competition took place, complete with the required Covid-19 guidelines.

The highest percentage of the day – 75.43 – was achieved by Sarah Aitken on Start Smart, winners of the Novice 24 test. Standards were high throughout the day, particularly in the introductory tests.

Sunday saw a fun jumping event which proved popular with the junior members of the club. Classes started with cross poles jumps and went up to 95-100cm, including two top score competitions.

Aimee Holmes was on form with Poppet, winning the first two classes in the morning, while Lauren Oag and Bella fought of strong competition in the exciting 80cm plus top score class to clinch the win.

The committee members were grateful for all the help received over the weekend with the smooth running of the events.

The next activity on the winter calendar is an instruction clinic with Alasdair Matheson on October 24-25.

Erin Hewitson and Olly, second in the 65-70cm class. Picture: Lynn Ronaldson
Erin Hewitson and Olly, second in the 65-70cm class. Picture: Lynn Ronaldson

Results

Dressage – Intro B (senior): 1, Alasdair Matheson, Grace, 61.74; 2 Ruth Alexander, Harry, 59.78. Intro B (junior): 1 Liam Mackenzie, Henry, 62.83; 2 Morven Mackenzie, Tiffin, 59.78; 3, Fearne McCarthy, Boo, 58.26. Intro C: 1 R Alexander, 59.35; 2 A Matheson, Grace, 58.91; 3 Kira Fraser, Welly, 58.40. Intro C (junior): 1 Emily Campbell, Arty, 64.13; 2 L Mackenzie, 63.48; 3 Lauren Oag, Lex, 62.17; 4 F McCarthy, 61.74; 5 M Mackenzie, 60.87; 6 L Oag, Mya, 60.22. Prelim 1 (senior): Mary Miller, Poppy, 69.21; 2 Eve Nicoll, Dynast, 68.95; 3 A Matheson, Smokey Joe, 61.84; 4 Bridget Holt, Jack Frost, 61.58; 5 Rhona Omand, Kiki Dee, 60; 6 K Fraser 59.21; 7, Jacky MacMillan, Harris of Muck, 57.11; 8 Meghan Ashpool, Mr Bradley, 50.52. Prelim 1 (junior): 1 Danielle Sinclair, Skye, 70; 2 L Oag, Lex 69.74; 3 Rowan Lee, Thistledown on Every Street,67.11; 4 L Oag, Mya, 65; 5 R Lee, Fizz, 59.74.

Prelim 2 (senior): 1 M Miller, 72.07; 2 A Matheson, Smokey Joe, 70.52; 3 B Holt, 62.93; 4 Linda Ramsøy, Heidi, 61.90; 5 J MacMillan, 60.69; 6 M Ashpool, 52.59. Prelim 2 (junior): 1 D Sinclair, 71.72; 2 R Lee, Thistledown on Every Street, 71.21; 3 R Lee, Fizz, 62.93. Novice 24: 1 Sarah Aitken, Start Smart, 75.43; 2 Lynne Sutherland, Troy, 69.57. Novice 27: 1 Khara Findlater, Whaupshil Touche, 74.29; 2 Emma Coghill, Sol, 72.68; L Sutherland 68.04; Meghan Blackwood, Kash, 67.68; M Blackwood, Bob, 67.68. Elementary 42: 1 E Coghill, 68.28; 2 M Blackwood, Bob, 66.41; M Blackwood, Kash, 65.94.

Jumping – Cross poles: 1 Aimee Holmes, Poppet; 2 Alysha Holmes, Roray, 45-50cm: 1 Aimee Holmes; 2 Alysha Holmes. 55-60cm: 1 Erin Hewitson, Tinkerbelle; 2 Leoni Kennedy, Fin. 65-70: 1 L Kennedy, Sov; 2 E Hewitson, Olly; 3 Liam Mackenzie, Henry; 4 E Hewitson, Tinkerbelle; 5 L Kennedy, Fin; 6 Rowan Lee, Fizz. 75-80cm: 1 Lauren Oag, Bella; 2 Fearne McCarthy, Boo; 3 Morven Mackenzie, Tiffin; 4 Megan Gillon, Beinn Theine; 5 E Hewitson, Olly; 6 L Mackenzie. 85-90cm: 1 Iona Cameron, Roger; 2 L Oag, Bella; 3 Charlotte Gillon, Letterkenny Kaiser; 4, M Gillon. 95-100cm: 1 I Cameron; 2 C Gillon.

Top score – 60cm: 1 E Hewitson, Tinkerbell; 2 Alysha Holmes; 3 Aimee Holmes. 80cm: 1 L Oag, Bella; 2 M Gillon; 3 L Mackenzie; 4 E Hewitson, Olly; 5 Erin Mackenzie, Piggy; 6 C Gillon; 7 R Lee; 8 Danielle Sinclair, Cruz; 9 M Mackenzie.



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