ARIANE, Kira and Rebecca Fraser returned recently from competing at the Blue Chip Scottish Winter Festival of Champions at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre in West Lothian.
The girls, aged 12, 11 and seven respectively, qualified their ponies at the North East of Scotland Horse Show in July and made the journey to take part last Friday. Rebecca was first in the ring in the Lead Rein Championship at 8am, with HRE Aladdin, and despite being a bit sleepy was placed first and received the sash as champion. In their later Lead Rein M&M (Mountain & Moorland) Championship the combination were placed fifth.
The older sisters then took part in the M&M First Ridden Championship where Arianne and Clothie Uriebell were pulled in as Reserve Champions and Kira and Clothie Flyn were placed sixth.
The Small Ridden M&M Championship followed this, where once again Arianne and Urie were Reserve Champions with Kira and Flyn in fourth place. Later in the afternoon Arianne and Urie took part in the Young Handler Championship where they were pulled in third.
It was a very tiring but rewarding journey. The girls were the only Shetland representatives there and did themselves and the breed proud.
The following Sunday the girls were back in Aberdeen with Kira competing in her first ever indoor driving trials with Clothie Nightcap. They drove a smooth dressage test followed by a cones course then two hazards driven twice. Their final score saw them in a creditable third place for their first attempt.
The girls would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported them to take part in their sport, in particular NorthLink Ferries for their sponsorship, Clothie Shetland Pony Stud for their hospitality, and family and friends.