Best of Scotland’s breeders gather

Rhona Beda and Puddledub tempterres.
Rhona Beda and Puddledub tempterres.

A whole weekend of the finest horse breeding in Scotland unfolded at the Caledonian Championships at Highfield at Howe.

Run by Fiona Reed from Puddledub Stud, this championship was open only to horses and ponies who had qualified throughout the season which ensured that the competition was top notch in every class.

There was a large entry for both days with riders travelling from across Scotland for a chance to compete in the spotlight.

Both days were rounded off by evening performances of the very best horses with riders in their finest attire.

Classes ranged from youngstock through sporthorses to large hunters and veterans.

Champion novice hunter was Glenrothes based Rhona Beda and her six-yearold mare, Puddledub Tempterres.

Rhona and Lia have had some success in showing this year and had previously taken a red rosette in a class at the Highfield Spring Showing Show.

They are also members of Fife Riding Club and regularly compete in dressage and showjumping at the club field.

The supreme show champion was Oliver Twist, owned and ridden by Mark Mitchell from Dundee.

Another popular event this weekend was Fife Riding Club’s Hunter Trials at Craigie Farm near Leuchars.

With a range of cross country fences from 60cm up to 1m, this inviting course makes its way through flat sandy tracks making it an invaluable cross country experience for young horses or new combinations.

Around 100 combinations enjoyed the sunny conditions and attended the event.

With the European Eventing Championships at Blair Atholl from Wednesday to Sunday this weekend there is a chance for Fife riders to see the best in action with all the top eventing names arriving straight from competing at Burghley horse Trials.

Forthcoming equestrian events in Fife are dressage at Highfield at Howe on Sunday 13 followed by a fund raising showjumping show on September 20 for the Forth and Tay disabled ramblers.

Entries will be taken on the day and a schedule is on the Highfield website.