Record entry for Duns cross country

Alick Hay of Duns Castle with Shona Lindsay who rode Dakota to win the Nursery Class.
Alick Hay of Duns Castle with Shona Lindsay who rode Dakota to win the Nursery Class.

Sunday’s Cross Country Day at Duns Castle was not only blessed with good weather but attracted a record entry in all the Hunter Trial Classes.

The Non-Competitive Hill Ride was also well supported and everyone who took part enjoyed the ride through the Duns Castle woods and the stunning views from the farms who made their land available for the ride.

The Cross Country Day which included Hunter Trials, Pairs and Team competitions for all ages and abilities, celebrated its 40th year in existence and the organising committee made a presentation to Doreen Calder who was one of the original founders and has been secretary since it started in 1976.

Despite the wet winter the ground dried out well and Richard Swan’s course over the attractive and inviting parkland was much enjoyed by all the competitors. The two main sponsors, Crabtree & Crabtree and Harbro, were warmly thanked at the prizegivings, as were the large number of secondary sponsors - many of whom have been involved with the day for many years - and the huge number of helpers who worked so hard both before and during the day.

Alick and Aline Hay were particularly warmly thanked for their great hospitality and for providing such a wonderful venue and setting for such a very happy day.

The various class results were as follows:

Novice A - 1. Hannah Thompson, 2. Rhona Mitchell, 3. Pippa Farr, 4. Holly Crawford.

Novice B - 1. Jasmine Turnbull, 2. Carolyn Pennycook, 3. Scarlet Fraser, 4. Sabine Aitken.

Pairs - 1. Claire Hardie and Morag Mazoni, 2. Katy and Duncan McFadzen, 3. Joe Luton and Lia Graham, 4. Liv Aird and Louise Letts.

Novice Team - 1. Berwickshire Bandits, 2. Willie’s Little Stars, 3. Here Come The Girls, 4. Teford’s Terriers.

Open Hunter Trial - 1. Gordon Drummond, 2. Shona Playfair, 3. Joe Luton, 4. Christine Gray.

Nursery Class - 1. Shona Lindsay, 2. Hannah King, 3. Shona Lindsay, 4. equal Eilidh Hood and Lizzi Young.