Rescue pony was the star of the show

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The horses and ponies have all enjoyed some much needed sunshine over the past few weeks.

The glorious weather has allowed the ground to dry, clients to start riding in the fields and competitions to run for the first time this year on grass. Long may it continue!

In late March we held an Arena Event, which included qualifying classes for the finals at the Blair International Horse Trials in September.

Jade Thomson & Balladeer Maestro jumped a foot-perfect round over Ian’s challenging course in the BE90 qualifier, and landed nearest the optimum time to win in the huge class of more than 50 starters.

ISEC regular Cath Cotton and her ride ‘Number Twelve’ took the honours in the BE100. Cath also jumped a lovely clear round with a quick time. We wish both riders the best of luck at Blair.

On Good Friday, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended our Easter Show.

TopSpec generously sponsored the show and provided fantastic prizes for both the Horse Championship winners Rebecca Dun and Ginja Ninja, and the Pony Championship winners Isobel Mactaggart and Dafydd.

Luckily, in the afternoon, the skies cleared, which allowed the younger competitors to enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt.

We very much look forward to our Summer Show on July 11 and pray the weather behaves!

More than 100 spectators gathered to watch the British Horse Society’s painted horse demonstration by Catriona Goulding on April 10. Catriona’s two models – Romeo and Jill – performed beautifully and pranced around displaying their (very different!) painted bodies to the audience. The star of the show, however, was the BHS rescue pony Faith.

Faith, an unbroken five-year-old mare, was discovered on a piece of wasteland last summer, being used as a moving target for empty lager cans and cigarette butts.

Since arriving at ISEC six months ago, she has gone from strength to strength. She adores her jumping and very much enjoyed popping a few poles for the audience with her regular rider Kirsty Brewis during the demonstration.

We have lots planned for May, including our very first ‘hen-do’, a saddle and bitting demonstration and clinic, and two-day training camp. All information about our events can be found on the website www.ianstarkquestriancentre.co.uk