Jumping to success at Lochside Arena

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Equestrian events in Lewis saw a Working Hunter event followed by The Lochside Spring Show taking place in May.

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.

At the Working Hunter event 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!

The Champion was sponsored by Helix Research. Quite a night for Abby Jo and her proud mum, Elvira. Coco Minstrel also shone the next day lifting another top award!

The following day’s action kicked off at 8.30am with two show rings and classes to suit just about everyone.

“Supreme In Hand Champion” sponsored by Joe Campbell Joinery & Building Services was picked up by Emily Howey and her own Hampstead Lilly. Catherine Ross with Carberry Lady May was Reserve Champion.

Ridden Champion, sponsored by Angela Matheson was picked up by Angela Munro on Jenna Campbell’s Washingpool Lloyd George and Jenna took Reserve on Coco Minstrel.

One Champion award wasn’t enough for Emily Howey’s Hampstead Lilly and she went on to secure the top spot being selected by judges as “Best in Show” and this prestigious award was sponsored by SignPrint Hebrides. 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, not forgetting our generous sponsors.”

Emily already has plans in place to take Lilly to the Royal Highland Show 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 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 www.lochsidearena.org for more info.

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.