Friday, August 20, 2010

Riding championships at Perth Racecourse

A TOTAL of 200 riders descended on the Fair City recently for a gruelling international horse racing event.

Presided over by the Scottish Endurance Riding Club, the three-day championships were held at Perth Racecourse late last month.

The flagship event, a 160km race held over two days, drew Irish rider Helen MacFarland and her mount, J St Jake, back to defend their 2009 title.

Despite a determined challenge from Highlander Lorna Templeton, on Redarn Connon, the pair claimed top honours once more.

In the one-day 120km race, Jill Calder and Khebir Shahir fended-off strong opposition to get their hands on the coveted silverware, as well as the title for ‘best condition’.

Results are as follows: Highland Challenge trophy (two-day 160km) – Helen MacFarland on J St Jake.

120km trophy – Jill Calder on Khebir Shahir.

Pasquill Trophy (two-day 120km) – Tony Comerford on Aratahnes Shantiye.

Drummond Trophy (80km) – Karen Shotton on Patchwork Polly.

Hamilton Cup (60km) – Donna Hemmings and Cumbria Sameh.

Dinero Cup (two-day 80km) – Iain Paterson and Tannasg Primo Dancer.

Veteran Horse Trophy – General George (Sheila Ogilvie).

AC Burns Cup (two-day 60km) – Tracey Johnstone on Bonnie.

50k Novice Champion – Claire Lawrence and Aratahnes Zeus.

Alba Challenge Trophy (50km Open) – Libby Whittome and Imagine.

40km trophy – Kath McGhee on Foxghylls Folly.

30km Open – Barbara Jordan on Jamies-son, and Audrey Taylor on Redstarr (joint winners).

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