Juniors jump to it at Countryside Live

Team Border Reivers from left  Duncan McFadyen, Ellie Meldrum and Katy McFadyen who were amongst the winners in the Northern Show Cross Competition at Countryside Live
Team Border Reivers from left Duncan McFadyen, Ellie Meldrum and Katy McFadyen who were amongst the winners in the Northern Show Cross Competition at Countryside Live
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Young Borders riders saw success at last weekend’s rural showcase, Countryside Live.

The Great Yorkshire Showground main ring in Harrogate proved the perfect setting for the Northern Show Cross equine finals, with the junior competitions taking place on Saturday and the seniors in the spotlight on Sunday.

Katy McFadyen, 11, from Kelso, and her pony, Bounty II, travelled to the show with her older brother, Duncan, 13, riding Milo, and family friend Ellie Meldrum, 14, also from Kelso, riding Sylvester. The trio were competing as Team Border Reivers in the Northern Show Cross Junior championship, coming fourth in a field of 36 competitors. Katy and Bounty II also took the crown as winner of the 70cm individual event. Another Kelso rider, Louise Hebden, 14, came third in the 90cm individual event, riding Blue Shadow.

All four are members of the British Showjumping Association Scotland Junior Academy Team who train together in Edinburgh. Ellie won the Search for a Talented Showjumper competition at the event last year, also riding Sylvester. As part of her prize, she spent a weekend at the Oxfordshire yard of Olympian riders and competition hosts Graham and Tina Fletcher earlier in the year.

She met up with them again last weekend, telling them about her latest achievements, which include competing at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championship in London.