On a dark and stormy night

Uist Riding School

Uist Riding School

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Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the night (and many weeks beforehand!) the horses and riders of the Uist Community Riding School practiced for their annual musical display.

Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the night (and many weeks beforehand) the horses and riders of the Uist Community Riding School practised for their annual musical display.

This year’s theme, the Highwaymen came to town dressed up in fine costumes and entertained a packed gallery to a thundering display to the sounds of Thriller, with background percussion of a strong South West gale with hail thrown in. The horses didn’t flinch to the storm blowing outside, even during a blue flash of lightning, the show went on and a good time was had by all.

The Shetland ponies then did a fast relay of turns and canters round the indoor arena dressed in fine costumes of silk (for the kings) and a few drying up cloths for the Shepherds.

Webster and Ceilidh led the final procession which was met by a huge round of applause from the crowd. Mulled wine, mince pies, sausage rolls and fruit punch kept the audience chirpy, whilst Sue and her team changed tracks on the stereo, tied tinsel back on to the ponies’ tails, and generally rallied the riders safely round to the school in driving sleat. A total of £95.50 was made from the takings.

With the horses tucked up in their warm stables for the night they only had a few hours rest before they were back on parade and taking part in a Santa dash. A squad of 12 horses and their riders and 7 people on foot all in Santa suits dashed round the streets of Balivanich and collected a total of £142 from passersbys.

All money raised will be going towards the stables ambitious plans for the future refurbishment.

Uist Community Riding School`s riders, horses and helpers would like to thank all of you who contributed and for your continued support and wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.