A catch ride proved successful when the new partnership headed two elementary qualifiers with high scores.
Linda Barnes deputised for an injured Kim Young at SNEC to ride her First Miss Sunrise AS. The talented rising eight-yearold mare, by Sorento, collected a brace of gold wins, coincidentally achieving the same score of 71.25% in both tests for their first outing.
The dark bay mare, known as “Merrie” at home, was purchased in the Netherlands as a “very green” three-year-old and has been carefully produced by Kim, previously winning the Scottish open novice championships.
“She has a very good trainable temperament,” said Kim.
Retired police officer Karen Ritchie also achieved a double, winning at novice bronze and posting 72.59% with Rock On Ruby. The 10-year-old Lancelot mare evented to BE100 level with Karen’s daughter Katie before Karen took over when Katie gave up. They have qualified for the prelim silver winter regionals and the Area Festival at novice bronze.
“Great training with Debby Lush has helped improve my position and Ruby’s suppleness and engagement,” said Karen.
The sole British Dressage (BD) combined training qualifier in Scotland was held at the Ian Stark EC and, with an added incentive of a free sausage or bacon roll for all entrants, it proved popular despite snow falling throughout the day.
Martha Jobling-Purser was a double winner at prelim with Roses Princess, finishing just
0.1% ahead of Daisy Job. Local event rider Louise Clark led at novice 24 on Coco X, jumping clear round the 90cm, and Jemima Cross filled the top two places at novice/1m riding Tinka's Secret and Ebony II.
Karen Ritchie and former eventer Rock On Ruby post a novice double