Galloway Branch of The Pony Club’s big day at Bladnoch

Galloway branch of the Pony Club  winner of The Pamela McNeill Trophy, Charlotte Service with Clonross Talisman,

Galloway branch of the Pony Club winner of The Pamela McNeill Trophy, Charlotte Service with Clonross Talisman,

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Bladnoch Park at Wigtown was a spectacular venue for Galloway Branch of The Pony Club’s Annual Open Show on Sunday.

Judges Kirsty Errington, Natalie Burford and Sam Barrick judged the showing rings with very strong entries. The Championship and the Pamela McNeill Trophy went to Galloway member, Charlotte Service with Clonross Talisman and Stewartry Pony Club member, Zoe Burgoyne winning Reserve with her Tulloola Belle.

The working hunter course, built by Charlotte and Kim Armstrong with their band of helpers provided many challenges for tots on lead reins up to more experienced riders. Judges Jan Jardine and Barbara McCubbin had a very busy day with so many riders coming to take part. The Galloway Pony Club Trophy finally went to Charlotte Armstrong riding Bryce and Jane Dalrymple’s Calo Cavalier, a previous winning combination at Blair. Reserve Working Hunter Champion went to Beth MacDonald with her coloured pony Minstral.

Well done to everyone who turned out ponies and horses to take part in this local event. With generous sponsorship from local businesses it provides a welcome boost to club funds and is a high point in the club’s calendar. Refreshments were served up by the ladies of Newton Stewart Rugby Club which went down very well indeed. First Aid cover was provided by Stuart and Neil Dalrymple who were much appreciated for stepping into this role.

DC Wendy Miller-Smith was a great compere from first to last thing, keeping everyone informed of classes starting and results as they came in, she kept things running very smoothly on the day as well as much organisation in the weeks and months before.

Thanks to Wigtown Agricultural Society for the use of their showfield which had perfect ground conditions on the day and looked fabulous. To the army of people who were organisers, stewards, helpers with setting up, Galloway Pony Club would like to extend their sincere thanks, we couldn’t do it without you all!

The fun dog show proved as popular as ever and raised £30 for Newton Stewart Day Centre.

The Working Hunter course will be available again for clear rounds on Friday, May 29 from 4pm onwards, open to anyone who would like to join in.

For more information about Galloway Branch of the Pony Club got to http://branches.pcuk.org/galloway/