In early April the sun shone for our annual Easter Show when we were delighted to secure some great judges for the fixture, including Denise Richardson who travelled up from Cumbria, to judge the Horse Working Hunter classes.
The Working Hunter Championship went to Jedburgh based rider Rebecca Dun and Ginja Ninja.
The Ridden Championship, judged by Claire Marshall, went to John Wilson and Silver Dream Shadow, who also went on to take the supreme horse championship.
The standard in the Working Hunter Pony classes was extremely high and very well supported, with around 25 in each class, and this gave judge Kirsty Mundell an extremely difficult task!
The Working Hunter Championship went to Helen Ker and Kentchurch Sandpiper while the Ridden Pony Championship, judged by Jan Scott, went to Emma Brown and Beanie who also went on the take the Overall Pony Championship.
Due to the wet conditions in late March and early April, nearly all the British Eventing fixtures were cancelled.
On April 10 we decided to put on a last minute Arena Event in the afternoon, although we already had a Schools Dressage fixture organised for the morning! Peebles High School took top slot at the Schools Dressage qualifying for the Team competition, as well as Caledonia and Persia Bhatia winning both the Prelim and Novice classes individually.
The last minute Arena event attracted many riders, some travelling several hours in desperation to compete.
The 1m10 class was won in fine style by Sarah Hislop and Philippa Shirley-Beavan’s lovely horse ‘Sam’. This combination were the only competitors to finish on a ‘zero’ penalties score.
After a forecast of snow we were relieved to wake up to glorious sunshine on Sunday, April 24, for our first Fun Ride. This five mile route took in some glorious views of the Ale Water Valley and around 120 riders of all ages took part.
The funds from this event are going towards purchasing a new Dressage Arena which is required for Championship fixtures we are organising later this year.
May sees the start of our Summer Series which offers fantastic prizes from our generous sponsors.
Points are awarded at each fixture, the overall winner at the end of the series again wins more amazing prizes and the popular branded ISEC Rugs.
All dates can be found on the website www.ianstarkequestriancentre.co.uk.