Borders pony club members are hot to trot in Cheshire

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DESPITE many equestrian events being cancelled because of the wet summer weather, a record number of young riders from across the Borders have managed to qualify for places at the Pony Club National Championships in Cheshire this week.

The Duke of Buccleuch Pony Club riders have been competing against teams and individuals from around 20 other pony clubs in Scotland (Area 19) in the disciplines of eventing, show jumping, dressage and mounted games.

In the novice section, seven qualifying places were secured.

The novice show jumping team of Emma Bruce, Jessica Friell, Rachel Potts and Eryn Douglas (pictured) qualified by being placed first at the Area 19 regional competition in Ingliston, Glasgow.

Emma Bruce and Rachel Potts also qualified as individuals in the Area 19 novice eventing competition at Todburn Equestrian Centre, Northumberland and Beth Patterson qualified as an individual in the Area 19 novice dressage competition at SNEC, near Edinburgh.

In the intermediate section, five qualifying places were secured. Competing at Kirriemuir, Angus, Rosa Onslow qualified as an individual in the Area 19 eventing competition.

The intermediate dressage team of Rosa Onslow, Lorna Dagg, Connie Wishart and Emily Anderson qualified by being placed first at the Area 19 regional dDressage competition at Ingliston, Glasgow.

Also travelling south to the Pony Club Mounted Games Intermediate Championships is the equestrian games team of Sam Coltherd, Amy Coltherd, Heather Graham, Martha Todd and Louise Hebdon, who qualified in Glasgow earlier this summer.

All the qualifying teams and individuals are now looking forward to competing in the national championships, which will be held at two venues in Cheshire, Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre and Cholmondeley Castle.