No rest for vaulters after Falkirk success

Reivers Vaulters who took part in the recent Scottish Championships.
Reivers Vaulters who took part in the recent Scottish Championships.

REIVERS Vaulting Group, based at Sunnyside, Reston, returned from their first Scottish Championships with some fantastic results.

Stacey Macpherson, 16, of Eccles, continued her successful year by being crowned Scottish Junior Individual Champion for 2011 at Kinsbarn, near Falkirk.

All her hard work and training which led her to being selected for the European Championships has paid off.

She led her class for the compulsory round on board Aspen Delikat and also performed a foot-perfect freestyle routine.

To top off a perfect season for the Kelso High School pupil, Stacey was named Berwickshire Sports Council Junior Sports Personality of the Year on Friday evening.

She told TheSouthern: “I was really surprised to get the junior sports personality award on Friday night. There are so many good sportsmen and women in Berwickshire and the Borders and I’m very happy to have been given this honour. It really adds to what is turning out to be a great year for me.”

Back at the Scottish Championships, Ross Foreman of Duns regained his senior male title on board Aspen Delikat for the first time, and, lunged by Julie Purves, he performed two solid rounds.

The Under-14 class is always the most competitive class and Shannon Purves of Lauder had a great day with good compulsories and a neat freestyle routine to finish in second place on Aspen Delikat.

Also on Delikat and close behind in third, was Rebecca Kinghorn of Greenlaw. Both girls were lunged by Rebecca Hewit. Jeannie Robertson of Kelso was fifth out a class of 23 on board the club’s youngest horse Silver Horizon, owned by Philip Hewit.

In the boys’ division, Charlie Lochead of Leitholm finished in third place on Silver Horizon, with C. J. Bell of Selkirk in fifth.

The Reivers Novice team were delighted to come home with bronze medals. C. J. Bell, Tara Aitchison, Troy Bell, Emma Counsell, Henry Johnston-Smith and Gaby Purves competed on Aspen Delikat, lunged by Julie Purves.

The Pre-novice team class had 11 entries and the Reivers – Anthea Drysdale, Rebecca Crawford, Troy Bell, Chloe Aitchison, Gaby Purves and Samuel Johnston–Smith – performed well with only three practices to come home in sixth on board Bart Simpson, lunged by Anna Marie Macpherson.

Berwickshire Group RDA also entered a team in the Pre-novice class and was delighted to finish in ninth place. Christopher Lyons, Jamie Bromley, Alice Donkin, Ciaren Bowie, Jaymis Coston and Robert Cummings, on board Bart Simpson, also won the RDA Team class.

The canter freestyle-only class was the biggest of the day with 35. Nine-year-old Gaby Purves of Lauder, on the club’s newest horse Murphy, was the clear winner with a very neat routine. In fifth place was Henry Johnston-Smith, from Reston, also on Murphy. Both vaulters were lunged by Rebecca Hewit.

In the walk class, Rebecca Crawford, taking part in her first competition, finished in fourth place in the 12-15 age group with Anna Marie Macpherson lunging Bart Simpson.

The RDA walk class saw a win for Jaymis Coston with Ciaren Bowie in second, Robert Cummings third, Christopher Lyons fourth, Jamie Bromley fifth and Alice Donkin in sixth.

The whole day was a great success for the club who would like to thank all the parents who helped throughout the day, and to Julie Purves and Anna Marie Macpherson for their help with all the training along with their efforts lunging at the competition.

Members are now in training for the final competition of the year – the British Championships – to be held in Hull later this month.