GB place for Souter Sam

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SELKIRK schoolboy Sam Coltherd has been selected to represent Great Britain at the International Exchange Pony Club Mounted Games in Cheshire later this year.

He will be the only Scot in a team of five 15 and 16-year-olds picked from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

Sam was selected following his success last year when he and pony Galaxy were chosen from tough competition to ride for the Scottish Pony Club Mounted Games Team at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where the team finished third out of five. The same team then competed in Ireland in October, where they won, beating competition from all over the UK.

Sam,15, lives at Midlem and has been a member of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt Branch of the Pony Club since he was six.

His love of equestrian games started early, competing at local shows and gymkhanas.

He is very excited about being selected to ride for Britain and was quick to give credit to local trainers, Mr and Mrs Paul Burton, who have helped many youngsters train for games through the Pony Club training system.

District commissioner, Nesta Todd, said: “I am delighted that Sam was selected as he is a good ambassador for the branch and will relish the challenge of competing at such a high level.”