Monday November 18, 2019
News
 

Lawfield XC

Work will be ongoing at Lawfield to ensure we can use the course to its full potential this year, we are planning on making some improvements to the course and adding some new elements. We ran our first event on Sunday 2 June 2019, the sun was shining all day and all the competitors had a great day. We are hoping to run events through the year. Please like our Facebook page for regular updates on availability and events. 

Area Team Competitions 2019

In July, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire members  were competing at the Area 19 Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping competitions held at Hopetoun House and Morris Equestrian. Over the 3 days members of our Branch took part in all disciplines and our mini and Junior  members had there first experience of competing at this level and did really well. Our Junior team were a magnificent 2nd place in the Dressage with Katie Russell 2nd in her arena, Rachel Hay 6th and Eddie Eadie 4th. Our Senior teams Kingston and Frodo, competing in the Novice Competition, Molly won the warm up test and Team Kingston were 5th overall, Molly was 5th in her Arena and Eleanor Shaw was 1st on Homeside Valentino qualifying for the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle in August. In out other Novice Team Frodo, Annie Kane was 6th in her Arena. A fantastic result. Unfortunately we didn’t have a Regional team this year due to Nikki’s pony sustaining an injury before the competition after she had put so much effort into training this year, Lauren McHarg had a fantastic score of 67.3% a great team for the future.

Day 2- The Area 19 Showjumping competition was run by Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire and I would like to thank the team of helpers who all supported the event. A special thank you to your Showjumping Sub Committee Diane, Hazel, Jude who have invested a great deal of time and effort into organising this event, Kim, Cara and Lynn for their amazing ability to keep calm in a crisis. .

The 2 Novice Teams competed in a very competitive class with Team Kingston winning the overall Area 19 Showjumping team competition on a score of 4!!! Molly was 4th overall but the star of the day with one of 3 double clears and 2nd overall was Aliya Mosha on Smart Pants IV. The team have qualified for the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle. Our Junior Team members had a great time jumping the course with Sophie Barratt 4th with her super-fast time on Captain!!! Again, disappointment for Lucy who’s pony was unable to compete and make up the 4th team place. Another thank you to our team of instructors who offered support over the 2 days.

At the Area 19 Eventing Championships at Hopetoun House run by East Lothian Pony Club, it was a fantastic venue and the sun shone all day. A big thank you to all our helpers on the day and the parents and competitors who all gave 100%.

Our Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Novice Challenge team were all double clear and finished 5th in a very tight competition. Madeleine was 4th in her arena, Molly and Holly-Rose 6th and Annie 5th in her arena with her composite team coming 4th. On any other day this would have been good enough to qualify for the Championships but the competition was really close. Well done to Charlie Burns who was first on both his rides yesterday in the Junior competition, finishing on his dressage score.

Unfortunately due to the poor weather the Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley was cancelled for the first time in Pony Club history which was a huge disappointment to all the members who had qualified.

L & R will be running the Area Showjumping competition again next year and we will be again asking for volunteers for all the events as other Branches also require helpers to organise and run these mammoth events. 

If you would like to sponsor any of the events please let us know.

News from Olivia Burns who competed at Blair Castle in the CCI2*

This year I competed in the CCI2* at Blair Castle International Horse Trails. This was my first time competing at Blair although I have visited the horse trails for as long as I can remember. There were some massive lorries which belonged to Ben and Emma Hobday, William Fox-Pitt, Astier Nicolas(FRA) (who is an Olympic silver medallist) and Sam Ecroyd which were only some of the names there. On Wednesday afternoon there was the first trot up. Everyone puts on their best outfits and it was great to get my picture featured on the Hi Ho Silver shortlist for best dressed. That night there was a reception for all FEI competitors at the Castle. The Castle was huge and we were piped through the main doors into the castle ballroom that’s walls were covered in old swords, guns and lots of deer antlers. Our Dressage was on the Thursday in the main arena with all the tents and flags surrounding it, it was quite daunting warming up with Ben Hobday who was riding his dressage test after me . Later on the Thursday I walked the cross-country course for the first time and wow it was big and very long at 9 minutes doing 520 metres per minute. The Friday consisted of a hack for Roxy and plenty of xc walking as in total on Friday I walked 30,502 steps. On Saturday it was xc day and thankfully I was on quite early however there were still plenty of spectators to cheer us on. Roxy was great in the xc going clear and only 5 seconds over the time which was amazing. As we came over the finish line I could see my friends Annie Kane, Thandi Smith, Kirsty and Freya Aitchison who had come to support me and whom I have met and grown up with through Pony Club. It was great to see so many smiles on people’s faces from past owners, trainers and teammates from several U18 teams as I walked back to the stables with my superstar pony. It was strange seeing people getting tacked up and being nervous for their rounds for the bigger tracks who had said good luck and well done to me. That night I was able to relax with friends I had met from competing at Frickley U18 champs in the summer at the party. Showjumping was on the Sunday where the competitors jump in reverse order. I was very nervous before the showjumping as it was in the main arena where there was a huge atmosphere and crowds. Competing at Blair has always been an aim for me and to do it with Roxy who I got as a 5yo when I was 11 was an amazing feeling. Pony club has helped me get to where I am today through competing at area competitions all the way from junior level when I was 8 years old and doing my pony club tests. I am so grateful to all the instructors who have helped me through the hard times as Roxy’s and I’s journey has not been easy. It just shows if you keep persevering the hard work will pay off.

Area 19 SJ Competition – Results

Area SJ Results 2018

Many thanks to all our organisers, volunteers, judges and competitors for making the day such a success. Good luck to everyone competing at the Regional Championships at ISEC this weekend and to those travelling to PC Championships a Cholmondeley!!

Arena Event 2018

A big thank you to all of our generous sponsors for allowing us to offer prize money and prizes in kind;

Abbey Veterinary Group, Ardgowan Dental Care, DL Timber Buildings, James Spy Equine Dental Specialist, David Cameron – Hay, Straw & Haylage, Blair & Bryden Solicitors and P & L Kelly Truck Services.

We have had some wonderful feedback and look forward to running another event in the future. Many thanks to our Judge, Course Builder, Show Sec. and all the behind the scenes organisers not forgetting our helpers on the day. We couldn’t run these events without you!

Well done to all our prize winners!!

Please see copy of the results below.

Class 1
1st Charlie Burns WHW Twiggy
2nd Christina Young Rainbow
3rd Mila Mosha Dragon
4th Sophie arrett Captain
5th Jenny Livingstone Maddie
6th Cara Brown Oakley
Class 2
1st Madeleine Bower Robin
2nd Maggie Young Daisy
3rd Nina Diamond Murphy
4th Susan McFarlane Daisy
5th Katie Dick Luna
6th Tiffany Targell-Worth Jamie
Class 3
1st Madeleine Bower Elton
2nd Cara Galt Spitit of the Wind
3rd Thomas Young Bartholomew
4th Thandi Smith Ad Astra
5th Hannah Livingstone So Perfect
6th Fiona Malcolm Furisto Cavalier
 
     
2nd Sharon Thom It’s Ozzy
3rd Fiona Malcolm The Best of Three
4th Nicola Craig Echo
5th Thomas Young Bartholomew
6th Fiona Malcolm Furisto Cavalier
Class 5
1st Fiona Malcolmn The Best of Three
2nd Catriona Balish Salix McCoy
3rd Olivia Burns All Rosie
4th Clair Beaton Irish Skipper

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Yesterday we said a sad farewell to the beloved Connie at the age of 32. Connie was with L&R for 25 years and taught many of our members how to ride, she spent time with the Shaw family, the Canty family, the Smith family, the Craig family and lastly the Smith/Knox family. She gave each and every one the confidence to try many disciplines. Connie loved cross country and hunting, she saw many a days hunting with L&R Hunt. Below is a photo of Connie & Thandi at Kirkton.

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