Young riders beam with delight at pony club

Ffion, Amelie, Amy and Jessica show off their rosettes with Arran in the background.

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Bright sunshine was almost eclipsed by beaming smiles on young faces as Argyll South Pony Club held its first competitive event since lockdown.

Riders, parents and friends were just delighted to be out and about on Sunday June 6, at last enjoying their ponies.

The Bay Field at Claonaig is a perfect setting and the club was grateful to Stewart Marshall and Claonaig Estates for allowing its use.

There was something for everyone, with pony club pony, show jumping and games all carefully set up in line with current Covid rules.

For the first time in two years Anne McArthur had to concentrate on whistle and stopwatch to judge the show jumping but she had lost none of her skills and everything ran smoothly.

She and course builder Liz MacNab had to ensure Covid competition rules were maintained and a huge ‘thank you’ is due to Freya and Kirsty Aitchison and Freya Urquhart for their brilliant assistance in keeping everybody safe.

The pony club set the riders several challenges – even including an off-piste section in the quarry corner – judged by Fiona Oakes and Mary-Lou Aitchison.

Games, organised by Sheila MacCallum, were as always the last but most exciting part of the day.

With pony sizes ranging from 18.2hh Clydesdale Alex to 13hh Fell pony DJ, they charged for the winning post with their feathers flying.

The club was delighted to have lots of new young members who are keen and progressing swiftly, and for many this was their first competition.

Further away in Perthshire, senior rider Katie MacKay from Inveraray did well representing the club at Foresterseat by going clear over a testing cross-country course.

All in all it was a grand day for Argyll South Pony Club and a huge thanks is due to all who attended and helped the club have such a splendid time.

Stars of the Future Lead Rein

1 Amy Anderson, Ophelia; 2 Amelie Ralston, Porridge; 3 Jessica Hamilton, Dandy; 4 Ffion Lavery Jones, Beauty.

Stars of the Future: under 10

1 Louise Ralston, Nero; 2 Amy Anderson, Ophelia; 3 Katie-Ellen Mellish, Nemo; 4 Cara Henderson, Teddy; 5 Rory Shaw, DJ.

Stars of the Future: 11-13

1 Lisa Henderson, Mack; 2 Zoe Prentice, Fergus; 3 Saraya Souden, Bailey; 4 Eva Souden, Buttons.

Newcomer section A

1 Katie-Ellen Mellish, Nemo; 2 Cara Henderson, Teddy; 3 Louise Ralston, Nero.

Newcomers section B

1 Evie Baird, Dancer; 2 Isla MacDonald, Rattie; 3 Lisa Henderson, Mack; 4 Zoe Prentice, Fergus; 5 Amy Anderson, Stella.

Discovery

1 Isla MacDonald, Rattie; 2 Evie Baird, Dancer; 3 Amy Anderson, Stella; 4 Jojo Boase, Chilli; 5 Maxine Boase, Morse.

Pony Club Pony: lead rein

1 Jessica Hamilton, Dandy; 2 Amy Anderson, Ophelia; 3 Amelie Ralston, Porridge; 4 Ffion Lavery Jones, Beauty.

Pony Club Pony: under 10

1 Rory Shaw, DJ; 2 Alyssa McEachran, Tulip; 3 Cara Henderon, Teddy; 3 Louise Ralston, Nero; 4 Katie-Ellen Mellish, Nemo.

Pony Club Pony: 11-13

1 Eva Souden, Bailey; 2 Erin Ralston, Alex; 3 Lisa Henderson, Teddy; 4 Saraya Souden, Buttons.

Pony Club Pony: 13-16

1 Amy Amderson, Stella; 2 Isla MacDonald, Rattie; 3 Evie Baird, Dancer; 4 Zoe Prentice, Fergus.