Scenic route for endurance newbies

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BROTHERSHEILS near Heriot was the host venue for another very successful endurance ride held by the Borders branch of the Scottish Endurance Riding Club on Sunday.

With this being a new route for the Borders calendar last year it was nice to see plenty of riders in attendance for its second season.

In all, it attracted 46 horses and riders, with some coming from as far afield as Dumfries as well as the Lothians, and of course the Borders. It also attracted four non-members and nine local pony club enthusiasts keen to try out endurance for the first time.

The 17km route took the competitors out over moorland and through fields of grazing cattle which proved rather challenging for some riders.

With undulating terrain underfoot they climbed high up into the hills, passing the wind turbines, and eventually were able to experience fantastic views out over the Midlothian coastline.

The weather on the day was also an added bonus as it stayed warm and dry, with a light drizzle, therefore ensuring that both the competitors and the helpers had an enjoyable day.

A special mention goes to Rachel Dewar, who won the performance award on the day for best pleasure rider.

The next ride will be at Selkirk on July 10 with the option of a 30km or pleasure ride.

Entry forms (and more details) from www.scottishendurance.com

Entries must arrive at least two weeks before ride date.