The very popular Showcross season started at Highfield at Howe on Saturday 29 October 2016 with a maximum capacity entry. Showcross is a mixture of showjumps and cross-country fences, all within an arena, with a timed jump off over the second half of the course. With a course designed by local expert, Graham Barclay, and featuring a new “Owl hole” fence, the centre found themselves with maximum entries and an extensive waiting list. The height of the jumps in the first round is 50cm and the red rosette is this class was taken home by Eliza England riding Clive with Chloe Stevenson and Dinky in second.
Alison McCrickard riding Crugylwd Ellis had double success, winning both the 60cm and 70 cm classes. Alison and Ellis compete in several disciplines including pure showjumping and endurance and the Welsh Section D is a true all-round performer. Second place in the 60cm class went to Carnoustie- based Shelagh Steven and her Welsh Cob, Balhagarty Midget Gem. Shelagh and her mare are more normally seen in a dressage arena and have had significant success at British Dressage and recently won the Medium test at the Scottish Riding Clubs Championships at Auchlishie.
The 80cm class was won in tremendous style by Carly Gillon and Victor whilst class 5, with jumps of 90cm, went to Cara Drysdale with Starry Eyed Surprise. Pitscottie- based rider, Emma Defew, took the red rosette in the 1m class with her chestnut gelding, Miami Suds. Emma has owned Suds for one year and this blossoming partnership have had a successful year in both dressage and BE eventing. Another Welsh Cob won the final class of the day, 110cm, Craigieburn Heledd, ridden by Ailsa Roberts stormed home to take first place with Hannah Brisbane and Barney in second place.
As it was Halloween weekend, there was also a fancy dress section for all classes. Gill Harkin with Schiehallion Showtime won this section in the 70cm section. Gill has owned Roscoe (stable name) for many years and they enjoy hacking out in addition to some showjumping events.
This weekend at Highfield at Howe there is unaffiliated dressage and entries for Showcross in November are now open. With the popularity of these events, riders are asked to enter in a timely fashion to secure a place.
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