Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

STILL WINNING

06-07-2017

Done and Dunblane Show on Saturday was another useful outing for the youngsters. After two hours waiting in the sun in the collecting ring Rags was a bit bouncy but both he and his mother Skysail won their classes and Candy came second in hers. Then in the wait for the Light Horse Breeding Championship they got their first taste of the bagpipes with Doune Pipe Band performing in the Main Ring behind us. Keeping an eye on the opposition in the Horse rings (and even the lush grass) was forgotten as they watched and listened in amazement. After a few minutes the novelty wore off and they made their way through the Championship in step with the music. In spite of his bouncy behaviour earlier Rags had charmed the judges and he was awarded Light Horse Breeding In Hand Reserve Champion so another successful day all round.

Candy, Skysail and Rags distracted by the entertainment in the main ring

Skysail really is enjoying her first season of showing and getting out and about.

Brackenbrae Ragnald being called forward to receive Reserve Champion

ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2017

24-06-2017

It was a good day out at the RHS this year. Candy was placed 2nd in her class behind a very good horse so we were pleased, and even better, she behaved impeccably over a long day. She certainly likes the big occasions. With so many horses and so many classes there was a lot of hanging about in the collecting ring waiting for the In Hand Hunter Championship, and even during it when she was getting tired she stood patiently even while older horses were playing up. Then she stood happily at the trailer eating hay and watching the world go by while the rest of the team took turns to have a look around the Show. She was even unphased by the roar of the passenger jets taking off with Edinburgh Airport runway so close.

Candy and Alison waiting for the In Hand Hunter Championship.

Jimmy and I had spent Wednesday afternoon helping to set up the Rare Breed Survival Trust stand so it was nice to see some of the animals settled in.

Bagot goats

Castlemilk Morrit Sheep

CANDY RECLAIMS THE MCDONALD SALVER FOR BRACKENBRAE

21-06-2017

At this year's Alyth Show Brackenbrae Incandescence won the In Hand Hunter/Riding Horse class, and reclaimed the McDonald Salver for Hunter Best Bred by the Exhibitor after it going elsewhere last year. Unfortunately last year's winner hadn't returned it so she will have to wait before she gets to see it. This is the third time we have won it in the last few years so we are getting a bit possessive about it and it will be nice to see it again.

Candy was a bit flighty in the class but settled down and behaved well in the Championship. She wasn't placed there, more mature horses winning out, but the judge kindly said that she will be one to watch for the future.

Candy being awarded "Best Bred by Exhibitor" in the In Hand Hunter/Riding Horse Championship.

IT HAS BEEN A PRODUCTIVE FEW DAYS

05-06-2017

It has been all go the last few days with lots of activity with horses and sheep. The show season got off to a good if wet start at Fife Show. We did well in the hunter classes with Brackenbrae Ragnald (Rags) winning best hunter foal, Brackenbrae Incandescence (Candy) winning best yearling and Reserve In Hand Hunter and Twinoaks Skysail winning Champion In Hand Hunter

CANDY, RAGS AND SKY LOOKING DROOKIT AT THE IN-HAND HUNTER FINAL

In between horse shows we managed to shear the gimmers and the tups in some hot weather, it was some of our earliest ever shearing but the sheep appreciated loosing their heavy fleeces in the end of May heatwave, well for Scotland it was!!!!

WALLACE GETS SOME RELIEF FROM THE HEAT

THE BOYS HEAD OFF TO JEAN'S FOR THEIR HOLIDAYS

Next it was off to West Fife Show just a few miles south of us in Kelty. We took Candy on her own to give her experience of travelling and showing on her own and she behaved well. She also did well in the show winning the yearling in-hand hunter class then going on to stand Reserve In-Hand Hunter and then behaving well in a big class for the over all In-Hand Horse Championship. Jim and Candy have bonded well together and as she matures she may well win more.

JIM AND CANDY IN THE HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP

CANDY WITH HER ROSETTES

The next day we all headed off to Blairgowrie for The Scottish Grass Sickness Show, a charity show to raise money for research into a cure for Equine Grass Sickness, a cause close to our hearts since we lost Chieftain and almost lost Crystal. It was a mixed day both weather wise and results. The weather was alternately roasting hot and torrential rain while results were not great in our morning classes. However results picked up in the afternoon with Brackenbrae Ragnald and his mum Skysail being placed 1st and 2nd in the Rare Breeds or Unusual Pure Bred class. This led us onto a class called the Mixed Championship where all the winners of the fun classes competed. To our delight Rags was placed Reserve Champion behind a lovely ridden Friesian so we qualified for the Overall Championship. This included all the ridden and in-hand champions and reserves so we were not optimistic about our chances, however the judges were impressed with him and he was picked as Reserve Supreme Champion. This capped a good day out and a successful if tiring weekend for all of us, horses and handlers.

RAGS IS PRESENTED WITH HIS CUP BY THE LOCAL LAIRD CHARLES BLAIR-OLIPHANT

SKY AMAZED BY THE DONKEY AGILITY CLASS (yes really)

BRACKENBRAE LUCENT

31-05-2017

We have decided on a name for the wee one, Brackenbrae Lucent - "glowing with or giving off light". She certainly seems to be a bit of a live wire, on her (still unsteady) feet drinking in record time. Out in the field she already had her mother chasing after her almost immediately. It will be good for the figure, Crystal, if not the nerves!

Her stable name will probably be Lucy.

Lucy likes cuddles already

Proud mum

NEW ARRIVAL

31-05-2017

After giving us a bit of a fright last week Crystal has given us a pretty, healthy part bred filly foal just before midnight. No name as yet and both mother and foal are doing well. Again, TB Bollin Terry is the father, thanks to Fiona Reed.

Baby's first drink