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Two Caithness riders jump to success at Mundole

By Jean Gunn

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Caithness horse riders took the chance to compete in showjumping classes at Mundole Equestrian, Forres, during a recent trip south.

Eve Nicoll, with her new horse Dynast (Sheldon), a 12-year-old 17.1hh bay gelding, came second in both the 90cm and 100cm classes, competing against stiff opposition.

While Alasdair Matheson, of Halkirk, was second in the 80cm section riding his young horse Kevanagh's Master William, known by his stable name of Smokey – a 15.2hh six-year-old grey gelding making his first competition outing.

The two local riders had been stabling at the popular equestrian competition venue for the Burgie Bonanza event on Saturday, August 12, and decided to stay over and compete in the showjumping classes the following day. They were both very happy to get two days of competition under their belts.

There was a worry that rain would spoil the good run of weather Mundole has enjoyed but an early shower before the show started did not dampen enthusiasm.

The opening classes were both won by Lilly Forsyth and Teddy from Knockando, who completed two double clear rounds, while Mary Lindsay with Morris set the standard with great turns to win at 60cm. Moray rider Hollie Rutherford is moving up the heights and had convincing wins with Mia in both the 70cm and 80cm classes.

Despite having journeyed back north after a long day at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, sisters Avril Johnston and Aileen Ferrari took top places in the final classes of the day on their less experienced horses, Iona and Puddle.

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