Inaugural inter schools hunter trial is great success


Kilgraston Schools debut inter schools hunter trial was held at Foresterseat XC, Glenfarg on Sunday and attracted nearly 80 competitors from 15 schools across Scotland.

The first class of the day was the 1m which was certainly up to height and proved to be a very competitive class. Corrie Hay from Dundee High took home the individual red ribbon for getting round the course clear and closest to the optimum time, followed by Ella England from Strathallan and Lucy Wood from Linlithgow Academy. Bell Baxter High School were the only team entry to have 3 riders completing the course so won the team section and deservedly so.

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The second class of the day was the 90cm, another full up course with a few combinations and ‘skinnies’ which certainly asked some questions. The over all individual winner was Isobel Barton of Linlithgow academy, with Molly Bower of St Columba’s a close second and Trudie Marshall of Dollar Academy taking the yellow ribbons. In the team event it was St Columba’s who were the overall winners with Kilgraston’s team coming in second place.

The busiest class of the day was class 3, the 75cm. Sophia Roberts of Craigclowan went clear and was just 4 seconds outside the optimum time to win the class with Sasha Niven and Jemima Cross, both from Kilgraston coming in joint second place and team mate Kyla Grieve coming in forth. Kilgraston’s blue team proved to be the strongest taking first place with Kilgraston’s white team taking second and Bellbaxter third.

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The final class of the day was the 60cm, the winning individual was Ava Hamilton of Glenrothes High, not far behind was Freya England of Morrisons then Sophie Brown of St Leonard’s came in third. The team event saw St Leonard’s come out on top and Craigclowan taking second place.

‘Our aim is to promote riding and equestrian team events as much as possible’

Kilgraston’s Equestrian Manager Rachael Maclean said: “We could not have asked for better weather for our first ever inter school hunter trials, it was a glorious day in a stunning setting in rural Perthshire with a really good turn out from all over Scotland. We hope to make this an annual event to run along side the prestigious Kilgraston Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships which are held in April each year. As the only school in Scotland with onsite equestrian facilities our aim is to promote riding and equestrian team events as much as possible.”

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