Exciting action is clear all round at horse trials

Philipa Nixon on Game of Luck (picture by Melanie Horne)
Philipa Nixon on Game of Luck (picture by Melanie Horne)

Hendersyde Horse Trials delivered a spectacular weekend of sport at a venue which has it all.

Challenging courses at all levels, finely-crafted fences in a stunning setting and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere – which makes it annually more popular – are among its finest assets.

Local rider Bella Innes Ker secured the Dalton Demolitions Intermediate Novice class on her eight-year-old gelding, Cartown Wallabe.

Their fine dressage performance, coupled with a double clear, made the few cross country time penalties less significant.

The pair beat Tiffany Mactaggart and Unique II by 0.2 points.

Hendersyde hosts the prestigious Scottish Championship series and these classes were hotly contended by competitors who had qualified during the season.

Philippa Shell and Royal Gunner topped a full class to carry away the Belhaven BE90 Scottish Championship.

They were the clear winners after finishing on their dressage score of 28.

The Borders Children’s Charity Scottish and Northern novice championship was won by Corbridge-based rider Philippa Nixon on her 10-year-old gelding, Game of Luck.

The real excitement came with the Central Carpets BE100 Scottish Championships, with riders battling it out for every point.

Louisa Milne Home and her eye-catching five-year old palomino, Future Plans, were well placed after the dressage, with Karon Carson and Finding Nico just 0.4 points behind.

Both riders went clear cross country, which led to a nail-biting showdown in the show jumping ring.

Karon put in a faultless round which put the pressure on Louisa, who was last to go.

Future Plans started well but the young gelding made two errors, giving them eight faults and dropping them to second place .

Karon is based in Dunbar and is a regular competitor at Hendersyde.

She was delighted with the win, particularly as the pair won the BE90 Championships last year.

The Hendersyde Horse Trials provide meticulous courses on old turf that are a joy to see.

The Davis Evans designed tracks are interesting and challenging at all levels – but positive riding and a smooth rhythm are the keys to success.

Livy Agnew and her team work hard to provide an inclusive course, encouraging completion, that also benefits charity, with over £49,000 being collected over the years.

The Borders Children’s Charity is the main beneficiary this year.

All the results can be found at www.britisheventing.com