Favourable conditions made the annual BHS Highland North Show a great success with over 100 entries coming forward to take part in one of the few dry events in the area this year.
Held at Northfield, Halkirk, by kind permission of the Henderson family, this month’s show saw many regulars taking part as well as a number of local riders making their debut.
Taking the supreme championship was Lisa Kennedy with Stemster Millennium Bug, a 16-year-old homebred mare by Germont and out of Hammonds Fleur de Lys, which has been unbeaten in her ridden classes this year.
At the Keith Show she won her hack, Arab and show hunter pony classes and then came champion in each section, while at Turriff and the Black Isle she was the reserve champion pony after again winning her hack, Arab and show hunter classes.
Lisa said: “She has won many championships over the last 10 years, along with overall ridden horse champion at the Black Isle in 2010 and 2014. Chiddy is a great family friend and loves her showing; she attends riding club activities throughout the winter.”
Overall reserve champion was the homebred Durran Jazz Dancer, owned by Mrs Jessie Allan, of Durran Mains, and produced and handled by Sarah Rogers, of Cogle Farm. Durran Jazz Dancer is a three-year-old, 13hh gelding by Dean Hills Royal Portrait, and out of Fenwick Chelsea Girl.
Earlier this season he was the reserve in-hand pony at the Black Isle and the best bred by exhibitor in the in-hand section, as well as the in-hand champion at Dornoch and third at the Highland Show in the riding pony class. Durran Jazz Dancer was the champion of champions at the Latheron Show last year.
Judges for the day were Mr Martin Adams, veteran classes; Ms Alannah Norquay, ridden; Mrs Heather MacLennan, working hunter; Mrs Anne Sinclair, in-hand; and Mrs Tracey Boyd, show jumping.
A raffle held on the day raised £300 for the Equine Grass Sickness Fund which will be presented next month during the FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle.
Trophy Winners: Show Supreme, Veteran Ridden and Champion Veteran: Lisa Kennedy, Stemster Millennium Bug. Turnout Champion: Natalie MacDonald, Braehillor King Duncan. Working Hunter Champion: Susan McAdie, Champagne Lady. Working Hunter Novice Horse: Rebecca Jenkins, Midsummer Blaze. Working Hunter Cradle Stakes: Molly Miller, Wilmira Shannon. Working Hunter Lead Rein and Ridden Lead Rein: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse. In-hand: Jessie Allan, Durran Jazz Dancer. Veteran In-hand: Ruth Sutherland, The Puzzlemaster. Ridden Champion: Isla Miller, Rovie Black Diamond. Ridden Native Small: Morven Mackenzie, Blaencrymlyn Super Trooper. Ridden Native Large: Amy Louise McIvor, Blairmore Pimpernel. Show jumping Grand Prix: Vivian MacDonald, Cegonda Z. Show Jumping Lead Rein: Rachel Mackay, Sunrising Monopoly.