Splendid pony fun in the sun at Skipness

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The Bay Field at Claonaig certainly has the most scenic backdrop of any equestrian venue, and it was sparkling in the sunlight on Sunday June 3 for Argyll South Pony Club’s annual Fun Day.

The young (and a few not so young) riders had the chance to show off their riding skills in the Pony Club Pony classes. These had a variety of riding and control of paces challenges including an unusual off piste element using the quarry area of the field.

Judge Debbie Hay Thorburn was very impressed with the independent riding of the youngest members who tackled all the tasks with confidence and determination. The show jumping catered for all ages and abilities and there were exciting jump-offs to entertain spectators. In fact many of the passing ferry passengers stopped to watch from the road.

The new timing equipment, purchased with aid of a grant from Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust, was in full use by judge Mairi Henderson and made for more professional accuracy in timing aspects.

The final Grand Prix had only two competitors but it was a masterclass of style and competence from Jojo and Katie which made it a joy to watch.

As usual the event ended with some fast and exciting games and after the field was cleared there was the prizegiving in the Pony Club’s brand new blue tent.

The Junior Trophy for the day was won by Louise Ralston from Campbeltown and Iris McMillan from Tayvallich took the Senior Trophy for a second year while the non-members trophy was won by Andrea McShannon.

Results

Pony Club Pony

Class 1

1 Frazer Prentice, Firefly

2 Louise Ralston, Nero

3 Rory Shaw, Libby

4 Jake Rowan, Alice

Class 2

1 Willow Ryan, Ryan

2 Zoe Prentice, Cowal

3 Isla McShannon, Coley

Class 3

1 Iris McMillan, Conker

2 Katie MacKay, Eva

3 Josephine Boase, Valerie

Class 4

1 Andrea McShannon, Nicole

2 Julie McLeish, Eclipse

3 Shelagh Oakes, Pery

4 Catriona Ryan, Doney

Show Jumping

Stars of the Future – Lead Rein

1 Louise Ralston, Nero

2 Frazer Prentice, Firefly

3 Rory Shaw, Libby

4 Jake Rowan, Alice

Stars of the Future

1 Iris McMillan, Conker

2 Zoe Prentice, Cowal

3 Isla McShannon, Coley

4 Willow Ryan, Ryan

Newcomers

1 Iris McMillan, Conker

2 Andrea McShannon, Nicole

3 Michelle McAloon, Eclipse

4 Catriona Ryan, Doney

Discovery

1 Josephine Boase, Valerie

2 Andrea McShannon, Nicole

3 Katie MacKay, Eva

4 Michelle McAloon, Eclipse

Grand Prix

1 Josephine Boase, Valerie

2 Katie MacKay, Eva