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. Hunter Trial Saturday 25th October 2014 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 www.jimcrichton.com We hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing lots of you back at Kinnaird again next season.

Dairsie Dash 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! “

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