Lanton troupe perform for Princess Anne

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LANTON equestrian display troupe Les Amis d’Onno are just back from a royal performance in front of a surprise guest, writes Kenny Paterson.

A team of nine visited Arran to take part in the island’s 175th Farmers Society Annual Show last Wednesday, but were told only seconds before they were due to start that they would be entertaining Princess Anne.

Sue Martin of Les Amis d’Onno told TheSouthern: “We knew Princess Anne would be at the show for its 175th anniversary, but didn’t know we would be performing in front of her. It was maybe a good thing so we did not get a chance to get nervous.

“We did a 12-minute trick ride and can-can show and although we did not get a chance to speak to her, we saw Her Royal Highness clapping along and enjoying herself.

“We have performed for a few famous people, but I think Princess Anne has to be the highest profile. It was great to perform for her.”

In total five riders and five horses from Les Amis d’Onno’s Lanton Hill Farm base travelled to Arran – Sue, her son Jacob and daughter Bethany, along with their cousin Emma Stokes and Jacob’s girlfriend Kate Black.

Jacob – who recently appeared as Sir Robert Cary in drama documentary the King James Bible to follow his appearance in Robin Hood – also put on a stunt ride for Princess Anne.

Les Amis d’Onno are back in the region next Sunday for a charity stunt jousting show at the Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary at St Boswells, while they are also in action at Dunfermline for the Bruce Festival later in the month.