New Zealand’s Blyth Tait will be a special guest at centre next month

During Christmas time we ran a few fun competitions.
During Christmas time we ran a few fun competitions.

Storm Clodagh didn’t quite get the better of us at our annual Winter Show and Christmas Fair (November 28/29).

It seemed that the weather in late 2015 held out all week, then fell to pieces each weekend, which made running events rather difficult.

Those hardy souls that braved the elements seemed to reap the rewards and provided some difficult decisions for our judges.

The Pony Championship went to ISEC Member Frankie Home-Mossop and her lovely young Connemara mare Moyvoon Dewdrop.

Caroline Pennycook and her ex-racehorse Blue Thor took the overall horse championship

The following weekend, we welcomed world class event rider Harry Meade. However, we didn’t provide so much of a welcoming smile to ‘Storm Desmond’ who decided join in too.

We only lost a handful of riders due to the local floods. Those that made it had a fantastic time and received uselful tips and instruction from this elite rider.

Our guinea pig riders - Daniel Scott, Caroline Mosley, Daisy Job and Morven Pringle - did an outstanding job of performing the difficult tasks Harry set.

On February 6/7 we look forward to meeting Blyth Tait, a New Zealand Gold medal winning event rider who is aiming at the Rio Olympics this Summer.

We still have spaces at both the clinic and demonstration, all information can be found at www.ianstarkequestriancentre.co.uk

Over the Christmas period the riding school closed the doors for two weeks, which allowed our hard working ponies to enjoy a well-deserved two week holiday.

During this time we ran a few Christmas competitions which included fun classes such as, a mini puissance and a fun pair dressage to music competition.

Four local riders jointly won the puissance - Samantha Gardner, Duncan McFadyen, Rachel Keddie and Amy Ralston - by clearing an enormous 1m 20!

ISEC’s doors are now fully open, with an action packed few months ahead. We hope to provide a wide variety of indoor competitions in order to prepare everyone for the busy summer schedule.

All fixtures can be found on our website.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone and all four legged friends the best of luck for the 2016 season (and Storms Gertrude, Henry, Imogen and friends can stay away!)