Size did not matter at the BHS TREC Scottish Championships

By Lauren Clark

General news

03 July 2008 17:06

Maddy Jacob proved bigger isn’t necessarily better by riding one of the smallest competing ponies to take the Level 4 Individual title at the 2008 BHS TREC Scottish Championships.

Maddy and her 13.1hh Welsh Section C, Taffechan Princess, fought off competition from the likes of former World Champion David Hay-Thorburn to win the highest competition level in BHS TREC.

Maddy said: "I was thrilled with Scotland! It certainly made the miles home much easier. It was a good one for Taffie as the going was favourable for her. She had an adventurous time in Scotland - I did fear on Friday that we had overdone it but she was fine for the vet and A1 at the start. She had been attacked by mad Highland ponies on Wednesday (they pack a serious punch) and gone belly deep in a bog on Thursday. Still, you can't wrap ponies in cotton wool even if they are competing in championships!"

More than 70 riders travelled to South Lanarkshire for the championships, which were hosted by Hyndshawland Farm Stables, a BHS-approved centre set in breathtaking Lanarkshire countryside.

Carolyn Macdonald, Chairman of the Scottish TREC Advisory Group (STAG) said: “We are fortunate to have been able to hold the Championships at such a beautiful venue, and we are grateful to Mike and Dot Still for being such gracious hosts”.