Stylish displays land Borderers leading honours at national events

SBV Team: Scottish Borders Vaulters at the recent Scottish Championships.
SBV Team: Scottish Borders Vaulters at the recent Scottish Championships.

BORDERS vaulters have been riding high at national level as the season comes to a close.

Competing at the Scottish championships at Kingsbarn, Falkirk, Scottish Borders Vaulters (SBV) had a very busy time of it and all the classes were hotly contested.

In individual competition, Lucy Younger was crowned Scottish under-14 champion, with her team-mate Izzy Kyle a close second, both vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Helen Rogerson. Sam Kyle was third in the male section, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Jill Kyle.

Minta Younger was first in the novice canter individual class, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Margie Younger, and Katie McFadyen was seventh in the pre novice individual class, vaulting on Gabi, lunged by Rogerson.

SBV had great success in the canter freestyle section where Zoe Palmer was first, Lucy King second, Emma Stenhouse third, and Duncan McFadyen fifth, all vaulting on Gabi, lunged by Rogerson.

In the team competition, the SBV novice team of Eilidh Steel, Karrie Petty, Lia Graham, Amy Purves, Amber Graham and Minta Younger, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Rogerson, performed with great panache and style to take the title of Scottish novice squad champions.

The pre-novice team of Duncan McFadyen, Zoe Palmer, Emma Stenhouse, Cara Redburn, Emily Balderston and Katy McFadyen, vaulting on Gabi, lunged by Rogerson, were fourth in their class and the fun walk team, consisting of the forementioned plus Callum Steel and Rory McFadyen, lunged by Margie Younger, were third in their section.

In the walk pairs, Lucy and Anna King finished fourth, Zoe Palmer and Cara Redburn were sixth, Duncan and Rory McFadyen came seventh, and Emily Balderston and Millie Coltherd were ninth, all vaulting on Gabi, lunged by Younger.

The walk individuals was a huge section, with Cara Redburn second, Emily Balderston third and Millie Coltherd 13th, all vaulting on Gabi, lunged by Younger. The group wish to thank Youthchex and Roxburgh Sports Council for their continuing support.

Meanwhile, the South of Scotland select vaulting team brought an end to their very successful season with a win at both the Scottish and British Championships in the junior team class.

The Scottish Championships team – Stacey Macpherson, Lucy Younger, Shannon Purves, Rebecca Kinghorn, Sophie Aitchison and Izzy Kyle – performed their best set of compulsories of the year and a solid round of freestyle on board Aspen Delikat, lunged by Rebecca Hewit. The South team have been Scottish champions for the past four years in the senior class, but this is the first time they have won the junior section.

The British Championships, held at Bishop Burton College near Hull, saw a change in the team due to a late injury to Shannon Purves, so Charlie Lochhead filled the gap. With only one practise, the whole team pulled together amazingly well and finished with their highest overall score of the season.

The day was capped with Aspen Delikat winning best team horse of the tournament and he had also won the prize at the Scottish Championships the weekend before.

The team will now have a short break before starting preparations for the 2013 season.

Also competing at Bishop Burton were the SBV novice team of Eilidh Steel, Karrie Petty, Lia Graham, Amy Purves, Amber Graham and Minta Younger, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Helen Rogerson. They won their class again and are now British and Scottish novice squad champions.

Lucy Younger, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Helen Rogerson, took the child individual class and is also now British and Scottish champion.

Izzy Kyle, also vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Rogerson, came a close second in this competitive class and so is now reserve British and Scottish Champion. Sam Kyle, vaulting on Zigourney, lunged by Jill Kyle, came fourth in the male section of the class.