Houston, we’ll have problems on selection day

Reivers Vaulting Group had a very successful 
first competition of the season at the Senior European and Junior World Championship selection day.

Competing at Oatridge College, Edinburgh, Shannon Purves from Lauder won the Junior female class on Shamus, lunged by Rebecca Hewit.

The 17-year-old led from the compulsory round and followed this with a great freestyle performance.

Emma Counsell pulled up a place after her compulsories to finish in an excellent third place, also on Shamus.

Both girls will now travel to Belgium, aiming for selection for this year’s Junior World Championships.

Also travelling with them with the same aim will be Charlie Lochhead, who finished a close third in the junior male section, again on board Shamus.

In the senior female class Stacey Macpherson performed solidly through her three rounds and finished in a good fourth place on Shamus.

Stacey changed role in the child class and lunged Shamus for Henry Johnston Smith and he had his best result to date, finishing a close second.

In the female section, Gaby Purves finished in fourth place on the club’s new horse Houston – lunged by Rebecca Hewit – who performed two solid rounds.

“This was a great result for a horse at his first competition,” remarked Hewit, who wishes to thank everyone who helped out on the day.

Also on Houston was Katie Buchan, lunged by Anna Marie Macpherson, who finished second in a huge walk individual class.

Houston also carried the Reivers Intermediate Team to first place.

The team, which was made up of Gaby Purves, Chloe Aitchison, Sophie Aitchison, Emma Counsell, Stacey Macpherson and Henry Johnston Smith, put on a good performance on a new horse.

The day finished with a superhero winning performance from the fun walk team on board Dalton.

The team, including Shannon Purves, Charlie Lochhead, Elsa Hibbert, Amelie Johnstone Jones, Katie Buchan and Lilybeth Bromley, all dressed as superheroes, entertained the judges.

The next competition of the season is at Rockrose, Haddington, on May 19.