At Lochside Arena, Friday 22nd May saw a Working Hunter event followed the next day by The Lochside Spring Show.
This year’s show was one of the biggest ever, with almost 140 entries and overwhelming support from local organisations and individuals by way of sponsorship. Classes on both days were qualifiers for various mainland shows including The Caledonian Showing Championship and Blair Atholl Horse Trials.
Friday started at 4.30pm with the Working Hunter event and no one was quite prepared for the result. Abby Jo Morrison from Coll scooped both top spots, taking Champion with her own Coco Minstrel and also Reserve Champion with her other horse Fronath Rio! Quite a night for Abby Jo and her proud mum, Elvira. Coco Minstrel also shone on Saturday lifting another top award!
Saturday kicked off at 8.30am with two show rings and classes to suit just about everyone! The day was packed to the brim! “Supreme In Hand Champion” was picked up by Emily Howey and her own Hampstead Lilly. Catherine Ross with Carberry Lady May was Reserve Champion.
However, one Champion award wasn’t enough for Lilly and she went on to secure the top spot being selected by judges as “Best in Show”. Runner up was Jenna Campbell with Abby Jo Morrison’s horse; Coco Minstrel, who was on a run of success from the night before!
Emily was presented with her top award by Lisa Maclean, Chair of Lochside Arena, who commented “Emily and Lilly really deserve this recognition and this is a fantastic start to the season for them and of course for Lochside too. Abby Jo truly shone as well and we are delighted to have had such prestigious and highly respected judges at the show; Mrs Sally Chamberlain and Mrs Marguerite Osborne.
"We thank them for travelling to the island to judge and also to all the competitors for turning out and making the events so special. As always our volunteers need a special thank you for all the efforts in making the event run smoothly.”
Emily already has plans in place to take Lilly to the Royal Highland Show in June and Abby Jo also has a number of events planned across the Summer months also. Lochside wish them all the very best and we look forward to them no doubt returning to the island with some silverware!
Other events are planned throughout the Summer at Lochside Arena and June will welcome Julie Frizzell. Julie is a Grade IV para rider, graded by the FEI and she is registered with the FEI as an international competitor.
Julie has had a number of successes with 'Stan' her quirky little horse, culminating in 2 national Para Dressage titles this year (BD Winter Championship and Hickstead Para Championship) and being selected to ride for Great Britain in July 2014.
Julie will offer a demo on Friday 12th of June, the event will commence at 7.00pm.
Late June will see a first family fun event, to kick start the Summer holidays. More details will be confirmed and everyone should keep a close eye on the Lochside Arena website for more info or on our facebook page.
All money raised from events is used to fund improvements to Lochside Arena. The facility requires ongoing maintenance and there are plans in place to improve the arena surface for users in the near future.
Lochside Arena is a community run facility and offers a range of events and activities to members and also non-members. The facility is used for a range of activities/sports. For more information visit www.lochsidearena.org