The South West of Scotland Horse Driving Club

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 12th June 2014, 4:10 pm
Pat Gillan from Wigtown
Pat Gillan from Wigtown

The South West of Scotland Horse Driving Club held a very successful driving weekend at Racks Farm, Collin by kind permission of Millar and Margaret Paterson. The event was sponsored by Millar and Margaret Paterson. The competition attracted a good entry of competitors travelling from Cumbria as well as top local competitors.

The event started on the Saturday with the dressage, which was very kindly judged by Debbie Finlay and then followed by the cone driving. The marathon took the competitors over the neighbouring farm before returning back to the field to complete the five individually timed obstacles.

In a closely contested Open class, Pat Gillan from Wigtown drove a very good dressage and stayed on this score after having a double clear in the cones. Pat then drove a good marathon to win the class. After posting some very quick obstacle times to have the best marathon of the day Carl Bevan from Shap moved up to take second place with Zan Kirk from Auldgirth finishing only 0.4 points behind in third. In the Novice class Jen Bernard from Cumbria took an early lead after dressage and cones and drove a very good marathon to win the class. Judith Hunt took second place and David Hume third. The Multiples Class was won by Ian McKendrick and the beginners class by Linda Lyle.

Carol Black won the Field Class ahead of Janet Glendinning in second and Ellen Dodd in third. After a vote of thanks, Margaret Paterson presented the following prizes: -

OPEN CLASS - 1, Pat Gillan ; 2, Carl Bevan; 3, Zan Kirk

NOVICE CLASS - 1, Jen Bernard ; 2, Judith Hunt; 3, David Hume

MULTIPLES - 1, Ian McKendrick

FIELD -1, Carol Black; 2, Janet Glendinnin; 3, Ellen Dodd

BEGINNERS - 1, Linda Lyle

JUNIORS - 1, Emma Bowden; 2, Sian Wells

Winner of the Paterson Cup for the best dressage – Pat Gillan

Winner of the McMinn Trophy for the best marathon – Carl Bevan

Winner of the Trophy for the best cones – Drew Douglas

Winner of the Paterson Salver for the best Multiple – Ian McKendrick

Overall winner of the Quayside Trophy – Pat Gillan

Winner of Novice Club Member Dressage Trophy – Jenifer Bernard

Winner of Novice Club Member Marathon Trophy – Jenifer Bernard

Winner of Novice Club Member Cones Trophy – Megan Dickenson Hood

Calgow Equestrian

Show Jumping results:

There was a good turnout for Tuesday night’s jumping at Calgow with lots of ponies and several new riders and combinations. The piggy filler put quite a few off making them get points for refusals and a few fall offs too which all led to an exciting competition. The league is underway but there are still plenty weeks of jumping to come so still time for new riders and horses and ponies to catch up! This year there is a £100 draw at the end of the season for everyone who has competed on eight evenings during the season. Come 10 evenings or more and your name will be in put in twice to the draw increasing the chance of winning! Next week’s medal is for the best decorated riding hat. Spectators are welcome and there’s no charge to watch so why not come along and add to the atmosphere of the night?

X poles lead rein

1, Sarah Jones on Pepper; 2, Keera McClymont on Honey; 3, Finlay Anderson on Lewis

X poles

Ponies - 1, Jodie Stewart on Dice; 2, Georgie Barr on Fudge; 3, Logan Anderson on Blue Wicked

Horses - 1, Britney Hill on Kirkmyres Clover


Ponies - 1, Rowen Allison on Sunny; 2, Jodie Stewart on Dice; 3, Logan Anderson on Blue Wicked

Horses - 1, Louise Kerr on Tara; 2, Britney Hill on Kirkmyres Clover


Ponies - 1, Iona Campbell on Henry; 2, Iona Campbell on McGinty; 3, Rowen Allison on Sunny

Horses - 1, Paige Ferrie on Bob


Ponies - 1, Iona Campbell on Henry; 2, Eilidh Fisher on Miami Hourglass

Horses - 1, Paige Ferrie on Honey


Ponies - 1, Caitlin jolly on Looney Tunes; 2, Becky McKinstry on Jace; 3, Eilidh Fisher on Miami Hourglass


Ponies - 1, Quinn jolly on Out of the Blue; 2, Becky McKinstry on Jace; 3, Caitlin jolly on Looney Tunes


Horses - 1, Lorna Wilson on Millie


Ponies - 1, Quinn Jolly on Out of the Blue; 2, Caitlin Jolly on Finn

Horses - 1,Lorna Wilson on Millie

Oldest rider medal went to Louise Kerr.

Watch video from Tuesday night’s showjumping at

The British Horse Society Scotland (BHSS) Dumfries and Galloway

The British Horse Society Scotland (BHSS) Dumfries and Galloway region are holding a Trailer Training evening on June 24, 6.30pm at Barstobrick, Ringford.

Instructors from Nithcree Training will give advice and discuss the various aspects of the B plus E Trailer test, before giving participants the chance to ‘have a go’ themselves. As it is law for anyone who has passed their driving test after 1st January 1997 to sit this test in order to legally tow a trailer over 750kg, this is an ideal opportunity to come and find out more about whats involved. As an added incentive, attendance at this event will allow the participant £35 off per each days training that is subsequently booked with Nithcree. The event is free and is open to both members and non members but places must be confirmed in advance by contacting Tracy on 07803820104.

Continuing with the theme of safety, BHSS Dumfries and Galloway Region would urge all riders who ride out on roads to equip themselves and their horses with hi-viz clothing.

With longer evenings, there are likely to be more riders taking advantage of the good weather and hacking out along narrow country roads. Hi-Viz clothing is essential for any rider venturing out on the roads, and also equally hacking out through fields, as should an accident occur and the rider is parted from their mount, search and rescue helicopters will be more likely to spot the injured rider from use of hi-viz.

Motorists should also be aware that as horses are unpredictable animals, extreme care should be taken when passing them on the road. From BHS statistics, the number of reported horse incidents already in 2014 is 48, which is concerning.

lTo find out more on what the BHSS does, or for information on how to join, log on to

Moniaive Horse Show

This year’s horse and dog show is on Sunday, July 27, at the Showfield, Chapel Street, Moniaive.

There are 122 classes with qualifiers for CHAPS(6); Veterna (6); Clydesdale Young Handlers; Connemara Young Handlers; New Welsh Pony section and Blair Working Hunter Series 2014.


Riding horse, cob, hack - Lucy Spence, Wigton

Best turned-out - Mrs S Clark, Haddington

Show pony - Mrs Gillian Wright, Brampton

Show Pony Breeding - Mrs Gillian Wright, Brampton

Highland - Mrs Sheila Brookes, Kelso

Fell - Mr J Langcake, Lockerbie

Shetland - Mr K Adam, Alloa

Clydesdale - Mr David Picken, Kirkcudbright

Working Hunter - Mrs T Brooks, Kendal and Mrs Carole Barker, Ulverston

Mountian and morland - Mrs Shiela Brooks, Kelso

Connemara - Mrs S Clark, Haddington

Welshpony - Mrs N Barbour, Annan

Arab- Mrs M Smith, Kilwinning

palomino - Mrs M Smith, Kilwinning

Veteran horse of pony - Miss Fiona Reed, Auchtertool

Utility - Mr J Langcake, Lockerbie

Combined Championships - Mr W Bowie, Dunfermiline

Dog show- Mrs Eric Broadhurst, Dalry

Show junping - Mrs Angela Jardine, Dumfries and Mrs Kate McKinnell, Dumfries.