HOYS dream comes true for quartet

Alex Mundell on Pebbly Limited Edition.
Alex Mundell on Pebbly Limited Edition.

YOUNG riders from the Borders are taking on the best at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in the NEC at Birmingham next week.

For 16-year-old Tiffany Mactaggart of Hallrule Farm, Bonchester Bridge, she’ll be hoping it is third time lucky.

She will be contesting the plaited 15hh working hunter pony class on her nine-year-old Connemara Caperan Swift, known at home as Arthur. She has twice competed at the country’s top show, but has yet to be placed.

Earlston primary schoolgirl Holly Stewart, 10, and Clovenfords’ Alex Mundell, 15, are going to the famous show for the first time.

Holly Stewart of Fans is competing in the heritage first ridden class, upon five-year-old Welsh section A pony, Shamrocklake Shirley Temple.

Alex qualified at the Scottish Horse Show in August, when she was placed third on her pony Pebbley Limited Edition in the intermediate working pony section, but the first and second place winners had already qualified for HOYS which allowed her to take up the place.

And young Millie Manners from Deanfoot Farm in Denholm will complete the quartet going south in search of silverware.