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Ride Report and Results

Tarradale - 4th April 2011


Report

A big thanks to Fiona Henderson and Kate MacIver for putting this ride on and to all the helpers that made it such an enjoyable event. Well done. It is the organisers and helpers – often unseen and unrecognised – that make Branch rides happen and such a success. Thanks to Black Isle Showground for the venue, in particular the use of the cabin and toilets.

 After what felt like a long winter with plenty snow, it was a perfect day for a ride; blue skies, sunny and not too hot. And a turnout of 37 riders! The first part of the ride was down by the firth along lanes and fields to Tarradale House. Then there was a short road section (busy – well done road stewards) to reach idyllic riding up the hill in Tarradale Woods on grassy tracks, paths and the old railway before returning to the venue. But let a first time rider do the report proper ...

 Freda Matthewson (10 years) – introductory pleasure 12Km

 “This was my first ever endurance ride. We had been preparing for it for six weeks, going for longer rides on the Black Isle and doing training up hills. I ride Boysie, granddad’s horse, while he is on Maisie who is young and still learning. I learnt to trot over distance and to get Boysie to extend.

 We arrived to see lots of folk getting ready. We had all the family there to crew for us. They were a bit annoying at times when they were fussing too much! But actually they did a lot to help!

 After getting checked by the vet and trotting the horses up, we set off on the ride. We had to get round in a certain time to get our rosette; not too fast, not too slow. Granddad kept an eye on his stop watch. We did make one route finding error near the beginning when he did not check the map properly. But we soon put it right and made up the time lost. The road section was a bit difficult when a large group of horses came up behind us. I had to keep Boysie calm while grand dad was busy with Maisie.

 I enjoyed it all, but particularly riding through the woods on the paths where we got to canter. Dad came with us as well. He is a fit runner, but even he had problems keeping up. There were lots of riders there and I met some people who have been doing endurance for a long time. Brenda said I looked good in my pink riding jodhpurs!

 At one point on the ride, someone went by and said how good I looked on “my nice little pony”; I thought this was bit cheeky as Boysie is a 15.1 hh Morgan horse and her Arab was no bigger! I don’t think he was very pleased!

Next time I hope to do a longer pleasure ride on Boysie.”

Freda's (10yrs) first ride         -          Tarradale Woods canter

Sharing a drink

37 riders took part in 12 Km pleasure to 52Km


Results

Candy Cameron

Friday

42

13.6

S.1.G

Joe Newlands

Spirit

45

12.2

S.2.G

Liz Booth

Izzy

 

 

 lame

33km

Tony Comerford

Shantyie

44

13.3

S.1.G

Jayne Cathro

Bahra

44

13.2

S.1.G

Diane Michie

Disco

46

13.2

S.1.G

Avril Bruce

Chaz

44

12

S.2.G

Marion Macdonald

Blue

42

11.9

S.2.G

John Thomson

Omar

52

11.8

S.2.S

Karin Rodger

Sky

48

11.4

S.2.G

Brenda Burnett

Jimmy

58

10.5

S.3.B

Emma Matheson

Blair

46

10.5

S.3.G B.T.Q

Lorna Benson

Shula

48

10.5

S.3.G

Vivien Taylor

Bill

48

10.5

S.3.G

Karen Keane

Chloe

44

10.5

S.3.G B.T.Q

Pat Dorward

Dhabi

44

10.47

S.3.G

Yvonne Thomson

Schadow

42

10.47

S.3.G

Liz Paul

Ross.M

50

9.9

S.3.S

Suzanne Taylor

Caramel

48

9.9

S.3.G

20km

Sue Scott-Dickens

Petre

52

9.8

Tr

Angus Scott-Dickens

Hazoor

40

9.8

Tr

Laura Murphy

Rhanni

44

9.3

Pl

Helen More

Storm

52

9.3

Pl

Susan Mackenzie

Bobby

36

9

Pl

Gordon Mackenzie

Charley

48

9

Pl

Heather Sutherland

Jazz

48

8.9

Pl

Jeni Birks

Chez

38

8.9

Pl

Sarah Norris

Mig

44

8.8

Pl

Tilly Hepburn-W

Tiktik

48

8.6

Pl

Julie Matheson

Jacko

52

8.5

Pl

Billy Horne

Rosco

52

8.5

Pl

12km

Suzi Matheson

Clover

48

9.2

Pl

Philippa Tolhurst

Maddie

44

9.2

Pl

Heather Clark

Fergus

48

9

Pl

Lois Canham

Amber

40

9

Pl

David Tidmarsh

Maystar

48

8.5

Pl

Freda Matthewson

Fernando

42

8.5

Pl

 

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