Scottish and British honours for Borders vaulters

Reivers Vaulting ended its competitive season at Ingilston Stud near Glasgow with the Scottish and British championships.

Shannon Purves completed the Scottish and British double in the junior female individual class. Having been part of Junior Team GBR in the summer, she put her experience to good use and came out the clear winner on both days, vaulting on Philip Hewit’s Bankey Moon.

Also on board Bankey Moon was Charlie Lochead who put on best performance in the junior male individual class to take the Scottish Championship Shield. He was just pipped for the double by class veteran Andrew Maclaclan to finish second in the British event.

Elsa Hibbert, competing in her first child individual class, put on a superb freestyle to emulate her clubmate and do the Scottish and British double competing on Andy Miller’s Bart Simpson. Also on Bart, Chloe Aitchison finished fourth in both championships, with Gaby Purves sixth place in the British.

In the male division, Henry Johnston Smith vaulted on Margaret Morgan’s Royal Dalton, coming fourth in the Scottish and third in the British.

Stacey Macpherson completed her first season in the senior class and was proud to finish in the bronze medal slot. Vaulting on Bankey Moon, she clinched fourth place in the British championship behind three vaulters who had competed for team GBR at the World Equestrian Games.

In the intermediate team section, the Reivers entry of Henry Johnston Smith, Emma Counsell, Katy Hammond, Chloe Aitchison, Gaby Purves and Elsa Hibbert bagged the Scottish title and took runner-up in the British, vaulting on Royal Dalton and lunged by Julie Purves.

The young pre-novice team of Katy Buchan, Lily Beth Bromley, Amelie Johnstone Jones, Willow Bellam, Abbie Aitchison and Anna Pettie, on board Bart Simpson and lunged by Anna Marie Macpherson, finished third place in both the Scottish and British competitions.