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Monday, 30 August 2010

Caithness MotoX round 5

The Caithness MotoX Club held round 5 of their race series on Sunday at Ravenshill.  The weather was nice for a change!  Riders came from as far as Oban and Orkney to compete. The results can be seen on their website;


Saturday, 28 August 2010

Blair Castle International Horse Trials

Travelled to Blair Castle International Horse Trials with our two ponies thanks to Gordy Donn's 4x4 truck - Moira's car broke down last weekend with serious engine trouble and may take a long time to get fixed.

Megland Royal Pretence (Poppy) and Eddiston May-Bee (Basil) both qualified for the prestigious event. Caitlin Bissett rode Poppy (top pics) and Jillian showed Basil in the in hand class (middle pics).  Both just missed out on a placing against the best in Scotland and in very large classes.

Vivian MacDonald was the only Caithness rider at the showjumping (bottom pics).

As far as I know, two Caithness riders gained first places.  Emma Coghill in the Working Hunter (two years running against the best in Scotland) and Carolyn Coghill on Chiddy in the ridden.  Ashley Miller got a 2nd with Ollie, Stephanie Anderson and Alex Henderson got 3rd prizes.  Still one more day to go.

Despite lots of showers, mainly during the night and early morning, the ground wasn't too bad. However, the entrance to the Castle field was muddy and most lorries had to be towed in and out. The layout of the field was completely different to previous years and seemed to be an improvement, once you got your bearings.  According to Moira & Jillian, the shops were better than ever and my wallet was empty by the time we left this afternoon!

Still going through all the pics I took.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

More BHS Show

Some more pics from the BHS Show on Sunday.  Caitlin Bissett rode our pony Eddiston May-Bee (Basil) and won the James Gunn Photography Cup, which I donated to the BHS Highland North in 2008. (top two pics).

I still have hundreds of action pics to go through and will not get my website updated until after the Blair Castle International Horse Trials, which is on this weekend.

Monday, 23 August 2010

BHS Show

Condition & Turn out champion Littletons Princess owned by Ashley Miller and shown by James Munro
In Hand Champion Russell Skelton
In hand champion Russell Skelton and Reserve Champion Lisa Kennedy
Veteran Champion Alisa MacDonald & Reserve Champion Sophie Campbell
BHS members veteran champion Jojo Wilson Hunter & Reserve Champion Lorna Calder
Veteran Champion Alisa MacDonald
Ridden Champion Alex Henderson & Northern lights Just John owned by Lynne Eden
Ridden Champion Alex Henderson & reserve champion Hayley Florence  on Crackejack

The BHS annual show was held at Bylbster Mains, Watten on Sunday.  My car broke down on the way to the show and I did not arrive until noon. The weather was dull at first, but it was very sunny by the end.  This is the last show in Caithness and a few are gearing up for travelling to Blair Castle International Horse Trials this weekend.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Helmsdale Highland Games

The Helmsdale Games were held yesterday and the weather just held out, with only 1 small shower all afternoon.  The Chieftain was Edwyn Collins, famous singer, who has a home in the area.

Pat Hellier, New Zealand, was Heavy Champion (top pic).  Jamie Gunn, Halkirk and David Ogilvey, Munlochy, were joint local champions (6th pic).

Bubbles the clown went down a storm with the kids.