Borders ride sees new distance

THE Scottish Borders Endurance Club saw the return of their popular Harstanes ride near Jedburgh on Sunday.

With an excellent turnout of more than 70 horses and riders, and the weather playing its part too, the day was a great success.

Options included 18km or 30km and the new 40km, this being a first for Scotland, the caravan and vet crew were kept hard at work.

The ride itself was marked out well with the usual orange tape and pink arrows ideal for helping direct the 12 non-members who attended on the day.

With a great long stretch of railway line in position at the beginning of the ride and lengthy woodland tracks, it had the makings of what was a very fast ride. In addition, there was also the odd canter through open fields and a climb up to the Waterloo monument, revealing spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Some riders were also taken by surprise when faced by a photographer at the top and just had enough time to remember to smile.

Thanks go to the organisers and helpers.

Anyone interested in getting involved or requiring more information about endurance riding can contact secretary Rachel McDonald on lowmiddleton@homecall.co.uk, or visit the Scottish endurance website at info@scottishendurance.com and click on the links provided for the Borders branch.

The next ride is on April 29 at Fishwick near Paxton, Berwick. Distances are 60km, 50km, 30km and pleasure.

Please note that entries should be sent to the ride secretary at least two weeks before the ride.