A catch ride proved suc­cess­ful when the new part­ner­ship headed two el­e­men­tary qual­i­fiers with high scores.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By MELANIE SCOTT

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

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