Local riders fly high at schools championship

Duncan McFadyen was second individual in the show jumping event
Duncan McFadyen was second individual in the show jumping event

A number of Borders Riders travelled to Gleneagles in Perthshire to take part in the Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships, organised by Kilgraston Girls School.

The Borders were represented in the 12-and-under class by Morebattle Primary School. Katy McFadyen on Bounty 11 was second individual and the team was fourth.

Floors team member Rowan Henderson took the Scottish Schools Combined Training Champion title.

Floors team member Rowan Henderson took the Scottish Schools Combined Training Champion title.

In the 14-and-under class, Kelso High School were represented by two teams. The Hendersyde team of Erin Lathangie, Angus Lathangie and Emma Grey were fifth. Erin was also fifth individual.

From the Floors team of Rowan Henderson, Anna Shanks and Duncan McFadyen, Rowan won her dressage and was also crowned Scottish Schools Combined Training Champion. Duncan was second in individual showjumping and also managed to fit in a quick trip to Inchcoonans near Dundee in the morning where he achieved a fourth double-clear at 90cm, which qualifies him for the second round British Discovery near Kilmarnock in June.

In the same 90cm class, Louise Hebdon from Coldstream was second and Megan Morris from Lauder was third. Megan was also second in the 128cm Royal Highland Show qualifier, which means she will be jumping at Ingliston in June.

Zoe Niven from Galashiels representing Kilgraston school was in the winning Combined Training Team and also won the individual showjumping.

In the 15-and-over class Alex Mundell from Clovenfords was second in showjumping and part of the fourth placed team from Mary Erskine’s School in Edinburgh.

Alex had been in Yorkshire the day before and won her class, qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in June.