Borders pair star at Blair Castle

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There was Borders success at the 25th Blair Castle International Horse Trials at Blair Atholl.

Having qualified at Dalkeith Agricultural Show in July, Melrose’s Lucinda Crawford and The Raindancer made the trip north to compete in the Scottish Working Hunter Pony final for the second year running.

The youngster posted a clear round in the jumping phase, from a strong field of 20, and went on to win the class after producing a lovely show in the conformation phase.

Then, to her amazement, she went on become the overall WHP champion later in the day.

Meanwhile, Ancrum’s Emily Galbraith finished third in the CCI* section and she paid tribute to her mount Ginja Ninja II, a 14-year-old chestnut gelding who was contesting in his first three-day event.

She said: “He tried so hard all week, the cross country was a delight. It’s lovely to have such strong home support.”

Emily added nothing to her dressage score of 48.1, which saw her lie in equal third place after the first phase.

After the cross-country she had dropped to fifth, by virtue of the two other riders on the same score finishing closer to the optimum time.

However, she was the only member of the trio to show jump clear and climbed back up the placings.

Organisers of the Blair Castle trials say it enjoyed record entries and ticket sales this year.