First arena event at Stranraer

Stranraer & District Riding Club held their first Arena Event of the season on 27th June in lovely sunny weather.

Strarnaer Arena Event - 85cm junior winners
Strarnaer Arena Event - 85cm junior winners

An arena event is a short course of showjumps followed by XC type jumps all in a small area with the winner being the fastest clear round.

Debs Millington and Mhairi Ross, along with a small band of willing helpers, had set up the course on Thursday evening in the rain.

The course builders had designed an interesting course with 22 jumping efforts required, including a mini Hickstead Devil’s Dyke combination, complete with water obstacle and ducks, which caused quite a few problems early on.

Several combinations in the early classes found the wide variety of jumps a little daunting and there were huge cheers for those who finished the course. One or two riders need to remember to pass between red and white flags as there were some eliminated for ignoring this rule. The importance of knowing your course was also highlighted by one rider gong clear, apart from missing out two jumps, resulting in an unfortunate elimination.

Well done to all competitors and thank you to those who helped build the course and on the day.

The next event is Games on 5th July, followed by Points League Showjumping on 11th July. More details on the Club website at


50 cm – Seniors

1st Keziah Eastley and Charlie.

60 cm – Juniors

1st Leilani Bartlett and Cosmic Aztec.

60 cm Seniors

1st Tracy Carnegie and Galaxy; 2nd Julie McKnight and Winnie; 3rd Kate Griffiths and Gala Day.

60 cm Pairs

1st Cara Sloan and Honey B and Joanne Wallace and George.

75 cms Juniors

1st Rhona Baillie and Dancer; 2nd Joanne Wallace and George; 3rd Zoe Wilson and Busker; 4th Leilani Bartlett and Cosmic Aztec.

75 cm Seniors

1st Tracy Carnegie and Galaxy; 2nd Ruth McGarry and Lyric; 3rd Julie McKnight and Winnie.

85 cm Juniors

1st Izzy Miller-Smith and Emma Lee; 2nd Zoe Wilson and Busker; 3rd Molly Miller-Smith and Casper.

85 cm Seniors

1st Ricky Whorlow and Monty; 2nd Ruth McGarry and Lyric.

1.05 m Juniors

1st Rachael Baillie and Connie; 2nd Molly Miller-Smith and Casper; 3rd Izzy Miller-Smith and Emma Lee.

1.05 m Seniors

1st Shirley Panter and VDL Cavalier; 2nd Ricky Whorlow and Monty.