Highland Pony Society News

13.02.2020 16:49 Age: 218 days

Performance Awards Results!

Category: HPS News

Gillian Receives Her Awards from The President, Mr Willie Ralston

The Presentation Days for the two Performance Schemes, England & Wales (E&W) and Scotland, have taken place and the results for both are available below. 

In E&W,  43 books were sold for the 2019 competing year and 33 were returned to the Secretary, Chris Grant and his able assistant Linda Graham, who cross checked the results. The awards took place on Saturday 1st February at Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire, where over 40 members and friends enjoyed a jolly afternoon together. Christine Bassett kicked off proceedings with a superb talk on her life in the driving seat with Highland Ponies, a true inspiration to everyone present. A fine display of awards were on show, and the table has something for everyone, ensuring no one went home empty handed. A presentation was projected onto the big screen and the special awards and Junior results were presented before lunch. The Junior Champion was Molly Burn riding Dewley Standfast, who also won the Sue Giles Memorial Trophy for the best junior between the two schemes and the £100 training bursary for the highest placed newcomer to the scheme in E&W. Keeping everyone in suspense, a break for a delicious carvery lunch took place before the top twelve were announced. The overall winner of the scheme was Alexandra Hinchly with her own Swallowfields Dragonfly. They amassed a brilliant 4311 points and took home the HPS Bronze Medal, The Glenda Spooner Trophy, The Benny Trophy and The HPS WHP Quaich.

In Scotland, a record 20 books were returned to HPS Secretary Susie Robertson, who welcomed all participants to HQ, Garbh Allt House, for proceedings North of the Border. The gathering was a real social affair with attendees enjoying a presentation from Marjorie Grant on  Endurance Riding. The winner in Scotland was Trailtrow Tearlach, ridden, bred and owned by Gillian McMurray, the first time they had participated in the Scheme since the 1980's!. Their points total was 3145 and their haul included the Glenda Spooner Trophy for the Overall Champion, the HPS Bronze Medal, the Turin Hill Angus Iain Trophy for the best stallion, the Angus of Gersa Quaich for the highest placed Homebred pony, the Elijah Wedgwood trophy for the best rider over 50 and the Dunrowan Dolphin trophy for the highest placed pony competing in the scheme for the first time. The latter trophy was presented by Gillian following her win at Olympia in 1988, so this was a pleasing award for her. The Scottish £100 training bursary was awarded to Lorna Boyd with Jessicah of Wooplaw who finishedin 2nd place on 1790 points.

Full results are given below and reports with photographs of the Performance Awards Results Schemes will be published in the Spring Newsletter.