3/12/2013 - Lanarkshire Area Training - Tracey Newman Clinic
British Showjumping Lanarkshire Area Training. UKCC and BS Accredited Coach Showjumper TRACEY NEWMAN will be at West Kype Farm, Strathaven on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st January 2014. Training Sessions Available to suit all levels. Private or Group Trainig Available. For further details and bookings Contact Linda Anderson 07753845195 or Richard Duncan 07758830887.
27/11/2013 - SCOTTISH BRANCH CHRISTMAS SHOW 2013
All members please remember the Mixed Christmas Show being held at SNEC on the 21st - 22nd December 2013. Trophies, rugs & sashes to be won. We have not asked for sponsorship, but if anyone would like to help with a £50 donation please contact your Area Rep or Kaz McCoy, thank you. Complimentary tea, coffee & mince pies available all day.
22/11/2013 - DUGALD LOW-MITCHELL
Dugald Low-Mitchell of Balcormo Stud Farm sadly passed away on November 14th. The funeral was private but there is a Memorial Service -to which all friends old and new- are welcome to attend. It will be in the Kirkton of Largo Church in Upper Largo at 1.30pm and afterwards at Balcormo.
Although he was not seen at many shows in recent years Dugald will be remembered by many for being a huge influence on Scottish Showjumping as he and his wife Jackie were the founders of 3 day shows in Scotland.
It was after a trip to a show at Cleworth Hall nr Manchester where Jackie, Jennifer and Sandra were all riding that he had the idea of making Balcormo into a similar venue. from 1973 - 1988 Balcormo was the hub of jumping in Scotland. The shows started with juniors and seniors at the same time but these soon outgrew the space and had to be seperated. With 198 in the adult Newcomers and 199 in the Foxhunter at one show - then 95 in the Junior Foxhunter - things were busy! 200 stables were filled most shows and many stayed at neighbouring farms.
The shows were held in May, July and August of each year and the Derby classes were in August. One year the Grade C Derby had so many entries that the class had to be stopped and re started in the morning as day light ran out. There were always 21 fences which included a Derby bank and water ditches etc.
The next plan was to have a Junior International show - Commander Jeffries of the BSJA allowed him to have a Home Pony - which was Scotland, England , Ireland and Wales but that was to be it. (Dugald had wanted Europe in there too!)
1982 was the first of them - and looking back at the teams - many of the riders have gone on to Olympic and World Class shows. Jessica Kurten nee Chesney and Marion Hughes rode for Ireland in the 14.2hh s that year.
The shows ended after the 1988 season when Balcormo became more intense as a Stud. By this time Muirmill and Jumps Equestrian Centre were under way and the Low-Mitchells were to retire from running shows! This lasted only a few months as they were then asked to take on the running of the showjumping at Blair Castle - which happened for the next 15 years - and again some great shows took place.
The Low-Mitchell family welcome friends to the service on Thursday where many a story will be told!