Buccleuch riders achieve Scottish first

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A team of four girls from the Duke of Buccleuch Pony Club won the National Novice Team Show Jumping trophy at last weekend’s Pony Club Novice Championships in Cheshire.

The team – Rachel Potts (Kelso) on Winston, Eryn Douglas (Lilliesleaf) on 2 Blue, Lucinda Crawford (Melrose) on The Raindancer and Jessica Friell (Roberton) on Harry – arrived home tired but delighted to have won the prestigious trophy, a first for Scotland.

The girls and their ponies jumped three rounds on Saturday.

After the first round they were one of only a few teams finishing on zero penalties. They then moved to another show jumping arena to tackle a course of one-metre show jumps, again on undulating ground, and this time against the clock.

Despite the wet conditions, the Buccleuch girls rode brilliantly and finished with a total score of four penalties. This put them into the jump-off against four other teams and the Buccleuch crew came out on top with one fence down and the fastest combined time.

District commissioner Nesta Todd told The Southern: “I am delighted that the girls have achieved a first for Scotland, and this is particularly good for the Borders.”

The following day the National Novice Team Eventing Championships were held at the same location and the entry of Potts, Crawford, Douglas and Emma Bruce (Ancrum) on Boney Brown finished in third place.