Borders’ eventers ride high at awards

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Earlston’s Catherine Watson was amongst a number of local riders whose eventing achievements were recognised at a recent awards ceremony.

At the annual Scottish British Eventing ball at Airth Castle last weekend, Catherine received the Mondana Star trophy for the highest Scottish BE points winner 18 years or under, and she also added the Duneanne Trophy for the best Scottish JRN performance by a grade three horse at the start of the season with her mare, Kisses All The Time.

Emily Galbraith from Ancrum also won two awards – the Macallan trophy for the leading Scot in the Hopetoun CIC1* and the Tony Walters trophy for the leading 1* rider at Blair Castle riding Ginja Ninja 11.

Kelso’s Charlotte Agnew was presented with the Sir Wattie Bronze, for the highest placed British rider in the CCI3* at Blair, by BE Training Organiser Jane Reid, and also won the 3* Menzies Rosebowl on Longwood.

The BE Scotland trophy for the leading Scottish-owned horse, presented by Frances Hay-Smith, went to Onwards and Upwards, owned by Melrose couple Cameron and Mary Crawford, and Kiwi Caroline Powell.

Their daughter Lucinda Crawford won the Ribbons and Tails Trophy for the BE90 points series, riding The Raindancer.

The Dundrum Sam Quaich, donated by the Dun family for the highest placed Scottish rider at the OU18 CCI1* Championship, presented by Suzy Dun from Heriot, went to Daniella Page from Jedburgh, on Monarch.

Northumberland-based Matt Earith, on Ross Cousins’ Glayva II, won the Scottish BE90 prize.