National equestrian success for local schools

Duncan McFadyen steers Nileage for Milo over the jumps in the 80cm class at Kingsbarns

Duncan McFadyen steers Nileage for Milo over the jumps in the 80cm class at Kingsbarns

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Borderers travelled to Kingsbarns, Falkirk, to take part in the two-day Equestrian Scottish Schools Championships.

Secondary establishments from all over the country took part, with Morebattle providing the only primary school entry.

The team of Primary 6 girls were Katy McFadyen, on Bounty 11, Vicky Edgar (Another Adventure), Katy Edgar (Glenford Little Jack) and Alex Edgar (Sparky) were thrilled to win the 70cm class, while Katy and Bounty also won the individual title.

The youngsters also came a very close second in the 80cm, with Amy Ralston (Seven) replacing Alex Edgar.

The 80cm class was won by a team from Kelso High School – Amber Graham (Snowy), Louise Hebdon (Rock On Raffy), Duncan McFadyen (Mileage For Milo) and Eildon Sibbald (Arty). Louise was also delighted to win the individual competition as this was her last competition on her outgrown pony, Raffy.

Kelso also won the very competitive metre class with a team comprising of Katie Gamble (Swag Jasper), Rowan Henderson (Flick), Anna Shanks (Herbie) and Duncan McFadyen (Mileage For Milo). All the courses were well built and were up to full height.

Next day came the dressage competitions. Hazel Martin from Berwickshire High School won the Intro B Class and was second equal with Poppi Shepherd representing Borders College in the Prelim 14 class.

A relatively young, novice team from Kelso High School – Amber Graham (Snowy), Emma Gray (Brodie) and Anna Shanks (Herbie) – won the team events for the Intro B and Prelim 14. Amber was also presented with a trophy and sash for highest score of the day.