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Sutherland Riding Club rider wins at World Clydesdale Show in Aberdeen

By Will Clark

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ABBY Holliday rode her way to a major win at the World Clydesdale Show held in Aberdeen.

WCS Novice Rider Class Lisa Wilson & Maisie and Abby Holliday with Maggie
WCS Novice Rider Class Lisa Wilson & Maisie and Abby Holliday with Maggie

The Sutherland Riding Club member claimed first place in the Class 54 Novice Rider section.

The Golspie High School pupil competed with 16-year-old horse Sandhill Maggie Anne owned by Shirley McLauchlan.

Holliday has been riding Sandhill Maggie Anne, which measures at 16.1hh for 18 months.

McLauchlan says it was an amazing event for everyone to be involved with.

“Showing your horses on the world stage, competing against international professional breeders, was an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

“Back in the Spring, we decided it was going to be a very eventful and challenging year.

“With limited knowledge of the rules and regulations for showing, we set about learning as much as possible in preparation.

“Abby is very grateful for all the training opportunities provided with excellent instructors. Following qualification at the Sutherland Agricultural Show, for the Clydesdale Horse Society Ridden Championships a trip to Blair Castle Horse Trials, Perth was planned, a great dress rehearsal for the World Show.”

McLauchlan added: “One thing is for certain, young Abby through her hard work and dedication achieved an amazing result shared by many, but is now too experienced to enter the Clydesdale Horse Novice Rider class again.”

McLauchlan’s horse Collessie Maisie Louise was ridden by Lisa Wilson which finished sixth in the Novice Rider Class with Maisie Louise in sixth place, having only rode the horse for the first-time last month.

For Fife breeders Ronnie Black and Pete Black, there was a proud moment in the Open Ridden class, when mother Maggie May and daughter Maisie were joined in the entry of 40 horses, by son Collessie Pride, a stallion owned by Laura Henry of Kinshaldy Stables.

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