Success down under

Ian Douglas , right, with the Clydesdale champion at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Ian Douglas , right, with the Clydesdale champion at the Royal Melbourne Show.

RENOWNED Galloway horse breeder Ian Douglas recently enjoyed the trip of a lifetime after being asked to judge the Clydesdale section at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Fifty-nine-year-old Ian, a first time flyer, took the ten-day trip in his stride and even jet lag didn’t seem to trouble him.

He said: “I really enjoyed it and found the flying no problem at all. The flight was 23 hours but we had a two-hour stop off in Singapore.

“When I got there the Australians could not have been friendlier. They really are the best and looked after me so well and I was amazed at the number of people there that I knew.

“The stallion that won was a really good horse and just as good as anything we’ve got here.

“I met so many different people. When we were out to dinner at night I was introduced to a farrier who told me he has shod the winner of the Melbourne Cup.”