WHEN George Hutchinson decided to take his wife, Violet, to the Horse of the Year Show last year he never imagined they would have the added delight of watching their granddaughter competing there.
The family-run business, Hutchinson Environmental Solutions, which provides off-main sewage solutions and services across Scotland and Northern England from its offices in Galashiels and Wark, was set-up by George in 1973.
George, who lives near Bellingham, explained: “Our daughters were keen riders in their youth and my wife and I have always shared a love of horses.
“We took the decision early last year to go to the Horse of the Year Show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the business.”
Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Dun, from Gilston near Heriot, qualified for the show with her own horse Barralands Boy and competed in the Working Hunter Pony of the Year class. Although she didn’t win her class it was a fantastic achievement and great experience for the young rider.
George continued: “When we found out Charlotte was competing at the show it was a huge bonus. We are so proud of her.
“We believe the experience will be a strong foundation for her wherever her riding career takes her.”
Charlotte and her mum Jane aren’t the only relatives the Hutchinson’s have in the Borders. Jane’s sister Kathy has also been living here for the past 13 years and is married to former Scotland international forward Doddie Weir who has been working for the family business since he stopped playing 10 years ago.