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2017 Season

Well done to everyone who took part in our hunter trial.

Ground conditions held up very well and there were some lovely clear rounds close to the optimum times in all classes. Others picked up penalties along the way but everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

Click here for results         Hunter Trial Results - 14-10-17.xls

As always, huge thanks go to all the many people who helped in various ways. They did a fantastic job and the competition could not run without them so THANK YOU!

Photographer for the day was Sinclair Photography and the pictures will be on their website very soon.

The fence numbers will be coming down but the flags are still up at the moment and as the ground is still good, we can still take bookings at the moment for anyone who missed the competition or who would like to come back and iron out any problems.



Details of our competition on Saturday, 14th October are below -

please scroll down for schedule, entry form and start times

The extended cross country course from July's One Day Event is still in position and is open for hire. However, we are grazing the fields to keep the grass at a manageable level so although all the fences will be available, the gates between fields may be shut.

A course of rustic jumps is also in place and is ideal for a warm up before you tackle the cross country fences. The course will be closing about a week before our competition to allow us to get things ready so if you want to come for a practice beforehand, please bear that in mind.

*** Diary Date ***

Our annual open Hunter Trial is scheduled for Saturday, 14th October.

As usual, there will be classes for both adults and juniors at heights of approx. 3', 2'6" and 2' with some easier 'L' options on all courses and there will also be a pairs class. Ideal for both established competitors and those with less experience, it is always a friendly event and will be one of the last hunter trials of the season so come along and give it a go.

Click here for Schedule, Entry Form and Start Times (available as both pdf and odt files) and Results

Hunter Trial Results - 14-10-17.xls

Hunter Trial Start Times - 14-10-17 - Classes 1,2,3A.pdf

Hunter Trial Start Times - 14-10-17 - Classes 3B,4.pdf

Hunter Trial Start Times - 14-10-17 - Classes 5,6,7.pdf


Hunter Trial Start Times - 14-10-17.xls


Hunter Trial Schedule & Rules - 14-10-17.pdf

Hunter Trial Schedule & Rules - 14-10-17.odt

Hunter Trial Entry Form - 14-10-17.pdf

Hunter Trial Entry Form - 14-10-17.odt

On-line Entry with Equoevents 
As well as taking postal entries, we are again taking on-line entries via People who have used this method for previous events have found it easy to use so why not give it a try?



Congratulations and well done to everyone involved with the NEFRC One Day Event!!

The riding club, and their wonderful army of volunteers and helpers, did a fantastic job with the organisation and everyone seemed to really enjoy the day.

The weather was good and ground conditions were almost perfect after some rain the previous day. The cross country course was looking great (even though we say so ourselves!!!) and there were some lovely clear rounds in all classes. The easier 'L' options also came in useful for some competitors to help them get round successfully and enjoy their day.

For full results, click here:

NEFRC One Day Event results - 16.7.17

Sinclair Photography took some fantastic pictures so check out their website at


The extended cross country course from the ode is still in position and is now open again for hire. However, we will be grazing the fields to keep the grass at a manageable level so although all the fences will be available, the gates between fields may be shut.

Ground conditions at the moment are good so please get in touch to book your visit.


We have had a variety of visitors already this season, with instructors with groups, Pony Clubbers and tetrathletes, and private individuals and groups all enjoying the variety of fences available.

If you are preparing for some of the later hunter trials, bringing on a new or young horse or just wanting to have some fun, do come along to Kinnaird and enjoy our wide range of cross country fences. We also have some working hunter jumps to warm up over before you tackle the course.

We are hoping to confirm a date for our annual autumn hunter trial soon, so watch out for that too.


*** Date for your Diaries - Sunday, 16th July 2017

- NEFRC Open One Day Event at Kinnaird *** 

We are delighted that North East Fife Riding Club's Open One Day Event is back in the syllabus this year.

It promises to be a popular event and we hope to see lots of you there. The cross country will run over a lengthened course, rather than the usual training field and there are classes for both adults and juniors with a choice of three heights. There will also be some easier 'L' options at some fences on all the courses.

You will find the Schedule and Entry Form below so keep the date free, and in the meantime, remember to book a practice session at Kinnaird.

Click below for Schedule and Entry Form




      2016 Season

ANNUAL HUNTER TRIAL - Saturday, 15th October

Well done to everyone who took part!
Some lovely clear rounds were very close to the optimum time (which was increased due to the weather), and lots of happy faces came over the finish line.

There was a nice mix of established combinations and more inexperienced competitors who took advantage of the 'L' options to get round successfully.   Unfortunately, the weather caused a few withdrawals, mainly from people with young horses, but it picked up as the day went on and the ground held up very well. The course ran over the same extended course that proved popular for the charity event in August.

Photographer for the day was Jim Crichton and his pictures are on his website at

As usual, we are hugely indebted to the many volunteers who helped on the day. Their efforts are always much appreciated and we couldn't do it without them!





Start_Times (different format)_-_15.10.16.xls


Hunter Trial - Schedule and Rules 15.10.16.odt

Hunter Trial - Entry Form 15.10.16.odt

Hunter Trial - Schedule and rules 15.10.16.pdf

Hunter Trial - Entry Form 15.10.16.pdf 

On-line Entry with Equoevents 
This year, as well as taking postal entries, we have signed up to take on-line entries via People who used this method for our first events found it easy to use so why not give it a try?

CHARITY PICK-A-FENCE - Sunday, 7th August
We are delighted to announce that the recent competition raised £3,120 for two great charities, with Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and Burntisland First Aid Services Trust receiving £1,560 each.
Well Done Everyone!!!
Huge congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this event a great success. Your support was much appreciated.

It was windier than we had hoped for, but was dry overhead and the new extended course rode well and proved popular (and look lovely, although we say so ourselves!!). 
There were lots of happy faces and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.
The photographer was Jim Crichton who took some lovely pictures at the brush and the first corner/suspended rail. Check out his website at



Charity_PaF_Results-Classes_1&2 - 07.08.16.pdf

Charity_PaF_Results-Classes_3,4,5&6 - 07.08.16.pdf



The course is now open again and we hope to leave the extended course in place for a while afterwards but this will depend on the livestock!
Our next event is our annual hunter trial on Saturday, 15th October which will be run over the same course. Schedules will be out nearer the time.

If you would like to keep up to date with what is happening, remember to 'like' our facebook page at Kinnaird Cross Country, thanks. We are always delighted to see your photos and comments.

Guided Course Walk - 6pm on Saturday, 6th August

This proved to be popular and beneficial to those who took part. 
Looking for some tips on how to tackle the course? Join the guided course walk on Saturday at 6pm.
Lisa Hood BHSII will lead the walk and is an experienced competitor and local instructor who is familiar with the course. The walk will be suitable for competitors in all classes.
The cost of £5 will be donated to our two charities.

This year, as well as taking postal entries, we have signed up to take on-line entries via People who used this method for our first events found it easy to use so why not give it a try? Click on the link here
On-Line Entry with Equo Events

The Pony Club rules for hats and body protectors have recently changed and for your guidance the current standards are attached.
Pony Club Hat_Rule_2016
Pony Club 

Our ANNUAL HUNTER TRIAL will be held on an earlier date than usual this year due to a family wedding and will also run over an extended course, with forms available nearer the time.



Our fun Pick-a-Fence sessions were popular and proved a great warm up for our Charity Pick-a-Fence which ran over a fresh extended course to raise funds for two very worthwhile causes. Everyone's support for this was very much appreciated, thank you.

We had a busy time in July, with the children attending Lisa's camps having lots of fun in lovely sunshine. As well as brushing up on their cross country skills, they practiced show jumping and flatwork and the musical ride display on the final days, with ponies carrying big flags, looked amazing!

Ground conditions are still good, the fences are all flagged and we have a selection of rustic jumps for a warm-up before you tackle the cross country, so why not get in touch to book a session, either on your own or with friends?

Bring along your instructor if you wish, or just practice by yourself. Don't think you or your horse are quite fit enough yet? The hill is perfect for some fitness work (at a reduced rate).

Remember, the course is available to clubs and groups, and can also be hired as a venue for your own competition or for short breaks. Just call Lesley on 07821 495865. 

We are (at last) now also on Facebook so if you have enjoyed your visit, please give Kinnaird Cross Country a 'like' and add any photos etc.that you may have.

Please note - if you are coming from the Pitscottie direction, we are pleased to report that the Dura Den road has now been re-opened.


2015 Season

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way with our hunter trial. It was much appreciated. Full results are below. We had a good entry across the classes and it was lovely to see old friends who had travelled a distance as well as local competitors and we hope that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Photographer for the day was Jim Crichton so check out his website at for some lovely pictures of the action.
Weather permitting, the course will remain open for a little longer so if you missed the competition or would like to iron out any problems before the winter then give us a ring on 07821 495865. 


If you are looking for a lovely new 14.2hh pony, scroll down for details of our much loved Mark who is sadly for sale. He and Jacqueline were part of the NEFRC 80cm Horse Trials team who were placed 2nd in the Riding Club Championships at Auchlishie recently. They also picked up an individual rosette in their arena - pretty good for their first competition together! (He is usually ridden by younger sisters)
Mark has now been sold and is off to have lots of fun in his lovely new home.


Please note that the Dura Den road is still closed at the moment.


HUNTER  TRIAL  -  Saturday,  24th  OCTOBER

See below for results and lost property 

Our annual end of season hunter trial was a great success with good entries across all the classes. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the weather held up well despite the forecast. Well done to everyone who took part. There were some lovely clear rounds close to the optimum times and it was also nice to see some less expert combinations enjoying the experience.

As always, a huge thank you goes to all our many helpers. We couldn't do it without them and their help is very much appreciated. 

Weather permitting, the course will be open for a little longer so if you were unable to come to the competition or if you had a difficulty that you want to resolve before the winter, then come along for a final run of the season.

Lost Property

A couple of items were found after the hunter trial:-

1. container key on purple tag
2. pair of glasses with half rims (unfortunately frame is broken but lenses are intact)


Please get in touch if these items belong to you.


Hunter Trial Start Times

Entry Form Click here

Schedule & Rules Click here 


DAIRSIE DASH - Thursday, 24th September

We had a lovely day for the Dairsie Dash. It was great to see well over 100 children from the Bell Baxter and Madras feeder primary schools enjoying their run round the course, with younger pupils taking part in a shorter fun run. Everyone was very enthusiastic and there were some fantastic results over the hilly course from competitive runners, with others just taking advantage of the chance to take part.
The Active Schools Co-ordinators did a great job of organising everything, and the Active Schools Ambassadors (all senior pupils at Bell Baxter) were a fantastic help, marking out the course, scoring, stewarding and tidying up. Many thanks to all the parent and staff helpers too. Full results should be available from your Co-ordinator soon.

 Active Schools Ambassadors from Bell baxter HS



Mark has now been sold 
Sadly, our lovely 14.2hh gelding, Mark, is now hopelessly outgrown and is for sale so that someone else can enjoy pony club, tetrathlon, cross country, show jumping and fun hacks with him.

Mark was part of the NEFRC 80cm horse trial team which was placed 2nd at the recent Riding Club championships at Auchlishie.

Please get in touch for more information, until we can work out how to add it here!!



At last....we now have a facebook page! If you have enjoyed your visit, please 'like' Kinnaird Cross Country and add any photos etc. that you may have.



North East Fife Riding Club One Day Event 

The One Day Event held on Sunday, 12th July was a great success again, with some  good results in all classes and there was a nice mixture of competitors who were there for experience, and the more practiced combinations.
We hope everyone enjoyed their day and congratulations go to the prize winners, and also to those who may have missed the prize lists but were pleased with their performances. This year again, one of the trophy winners had taken the chance of staying over the night before and this obviously paid off!

Full results can be found on the Riding Club website at or by clicking on the following link:-

Photographers for the day were Sinclair Photography who took some lovely pictures of all three disciplines.

Check out their website at to view their photos and place an order. 


Kinnaird Cross Country 2014           


We had a busy summer here at Kinnaird Cross Country with many people using the course to advance their skills and experience. Ground conditions were pretty good all season and stayed that way for both our Pick- a- Fence and our end-of-season Hunter Trial. Don't forget to get in touch with your club or group if you'd like to hold a competition of your own here at some time in the future. We also run our popular Gift Voucher Scheme for those who may be looking for a special present that's just a little bit different!                    

We've facilities for overnight stays for your horse if you're considering a short break with your friends AND your horses and there's also plenty of local accommodation to choose from if a tent or horse lorry seems a bit basic. Non horsey friends and family can come along too and while you ride, they'll find lots to do in the area.

Well  done to everyone who took part in our end of season hunter trial. A huge thank  you goes to all the many volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly.  The competition could not take place without them and their help is very much  appreciated.

However,  sincere apologies to all for the frustration caused when the start times were  unavailable on the website. We know how important it is to have them promptly  and easily accessible, but there was an unexpected technical hitch. That aside,  the whole event was very successful and although a bit blustery, the weather  was fine and the ground held up well.

Congratulations  to the prizewinners - there were some lovely clear rounds very close to the  optimum times. Classes 1- 4 were qualifiers for the 2015 Knockhill Cross Country  Championships so good luck to those of you competing at that next year.

Several  people took the chance to bring out new or young horses and there were also  some riders doing their first cross country competition, so even if they didn’t  feature in the prize list, there were lots of personal successes.

If  you had to leave before collecting your rosette, please get in touch so that we  can send it out to you.

Photographer  for the day was Jim Crichton and you can find his photos at

We  hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing lots of you back at  Kinnaird again next season.


The  annual Dairsie Dash running competition took place recently here at Kinnaird  and was enjoyed by all. It has become a popular event for pupils from  primary schools in the Cupar and St. Andrews area and was organised by the  local Active Schools Co- ordinators, with help from some S5 girls from Bell  Baxter HS. There were some great runs with the older pupils completing a  fairly tough, hilly run round the course, while the younger children took part  in a shorter fun run.

Well  done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the medal and trophy  winners. It was lovely to see you all enjoying the event and results will  be available from your Co- ordinator soon .

Pick- a- Fence July 2014             

There were lots of happy faces at the recent fun pick- a- fence. The weather was wonderful and the medics had nothing to do, which is how we like it! In the relaxed atmosphere of a non- competitive event, riders chose which fences they wanted to jump and several went round again to iron out any problems or to try some bigger options. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and found it useful as well as fun.

Many thanks to all for coming and also for some of the lovely feedback we received, such as "Thanks to the whole family for today.'" and  " What a great event and everyone seemed to be having fun! "




Well done to everyone who took part in the autumn hunter trial  at Kinnaird. We hope everyone enjoyed the day. There was a good entry for all the classes and as usual the 2'6" height was the most popular  with both adult and junior competitors. Over one hundred horse and rider  combinations took part resulting in a very successful day.  The ground held up very well despite the recent rain and there were some lovely clear rounds, close to  the optimum times, across all the classes. In addition, several people took  the chance to bring inexperienced horses or to move up a height and made  good use of the easier 'L' options to get round. 

A huge 'thank you' goes to all the many volunteers who gave up  their time to help make everything run smoothly. We couldn't do it without  them, and their help is very much appreciated. 

The photographer for the Kinnaird Autumn Hunter Trial was Jim Crichton and his pictures can be viewed at

NB: As a qualifier for the 2014 Knockhill Horse Power Cross Country  Championship, Kinnaird Hunter Trial competitors who were placed in the first  three in classes 1- 4 received qualifying cards for the final which takes place  in September 2014.



Once  again the NEFRC One Day Event was a great success with a good entry across all  the classes. The sun shone, the cross country jumped well and was looking well too  with many of the fences newly painted. The paramedics had a very quiet time so  hopefully competitors, helpers and spectators all enjoyed the day.            

The Courier also gave the event a full page of  coverage with some lovely photos so well done to everyone who took part and  congratulations to all the prize winners. 

The Kinnaird Cup for the adult 3' class was won  this year by Lyndsay Comber riding Chinook, and for the second year running,  one of the overnight campers featured as a trophy winner with Susan Humphries  and Tucker taking the adult 2' class.

Once again, Jim Crichton took some lovely photos on  the day and they can be viewed at / ordered from


This year, trophies were  presented to the winners of the adult classes and stabling overnight here at  Kinnaird proved worth while for the winner of the Open class Emma Nicholson and  Strike It Lucky, who were the first winners of the new Kinnaird Cup.         

Results are on the Riding Club website at and you'll find some great photos of the day which you may wish to order for yourselves on Jim Crichton's web site:

A huge thank you goes to all the competitors and the many people who helped in  any way to make the event such a success - we hope you all enjoyed the day. 



If you lost a pair of Young Hunter wellies (found in the car park) or a pair of  Dublin rubber riding boots (found up the hill!?) phone Lesley on 07821 495865  to claim them.


The course is still available for hire and ground conditions are good so why  not come along for a practice before all the autumn hunter trials? We are  hoping to run our own competition again at the end of October but haven’t yet  finalised a date so watch this space!


Check out the gallery on our web site so that you can perhaps see yourself in action! If you click on the 'gallery' tab, you'll see a range of photographs from different events here at Kinnaird plus information on who took the photographs and how you can get hold of them.           

As you'll see, Bob Mather took some lovely photographs at our most recent hunter trial. You can see some of them here now and you'll find even more on his own web site          

We've certainly found that enlarged framed photographs of us jumping at Kinnaird make great Christmas presents for family members. You can order enlargements from both Bob Mather's web site and from Jim Crichton ( -  another well known photographer who also comes to Kinnaird .


Talking of presents,  Christmas or otherwise - we are available to hire for riding club and  pony club lessons or events, camps and birthday parties, as well as just  general practice and fun sessions - either early next spring or when ever the  weather picks up again and the course is fit to jump.  We're happy to organise gift vouchers if  you're interested in this idea. Just contact Lesley . 


Thank you to everyone who has visited Kinnaird throughout the  season, and we do hope to see lots of you again next year.


Our  cabin, which has been open for a few years now, has been a great success! With its own sitting room, basic kitchen with limited tuck shop  and additional toilet it has added a further dimension to our facilities at Kinnaird. If you  want to provide instructors' lunches, wait for your friends or just relax and eat your picnic after you have rid den you're very welcome to use this facility. It's also proving great for groups of friends or Clubs coming for a camp or short break with their horses. If you're interested in using our cabin do get in touch for more details and to arrange a fun stay.


Le Trec and The Dairsie Dash have both feature