Good results for local riders at Bolesworth

A number of Borders riders recently travelled to Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire for the British Academy Championships.

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 10:14 am

Despite soaring temperatures of up to 30 degrees riders held their cool over the three days of competition for a number of very good results.

There were over 600 riders taking part in the competition in the wonderful grounds of Bolesworth.

Emma Scott Watson (14) from near Kelso and her skewbald pony Swannieston Simply Red had a fifth and a win in Open Warm Up classes.

Another winning in the Open classes was Rory McFadyen (14) from Morebattle and his pony Hawkmoon Lady Luck.

Rory has recently taken over the ride on this pony from his sister but has quickly got to grips with her and is posting some very good results.

Emma on Swannieston Simply Red and Rory on Red Flamenco were joined in the Scottish Midi team by Daisy Scott Watson, who is also on a new pony - Curravordy Builders Blue who she got at the start of the year.

Blue is well known locally for doing well at pony club, showjumping and eventing. The final member of the team was Pebbles Walker from Dundee.

After the first day the team were on a 0 score. On day two after a very competitive jump off which saw only two teams finish clear the team finished in eighth position.

Shannon Jardine (15) from near Langholm had a very good show with her two horses.

She has only had Islestone Valentino a few months but came fourth in a good Open Class.

Shannon riding Ragjah du Granit, a 15-year-old gelding she’s ridden for about two years and her team mates Brook Walker (Dundee), Lucy Rennie and Keira Rankin (both Ayrshire) led from the first round in the Scottish Advanced Horse Team to take the win after a long wait watching the other teams compete well into the evening.

British Showjumping run training Academies in both Selkirk and Dalkeith for local riders on a monthly basis.

This is a great opportunity to get quality training locally and a great way to become involved in showjumping and competing at local and national shows.