Scotland won the DAKS International Pony Club Mounted Games Championships following an exciting final at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (11 – 14 May). Mary Pearson, Chelsea Burns, Graeme Corr, Molly Rowan-Hamilton, Lauren Wyllie and Kerry Addison showed skill and determination throughout the heats, with encouragement from trainer Nan Paton.

Teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland took part in the competition. Wales led for the majority of the contest but their fortunes turned for the worse in the final race – the DAKS sack. In this race all four members had to race their ponies down the arena, dismount and get into a sack. They were then required to run with it back down the arena and over the finish line. Scotland took a convincing lead in this nail-biting race, to take the 2006 Championship title.

TASS Scholarships – apply now

Applications for the £3000 Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) are now being accepted. The government funded programme awards scholarships and bursaries to talented athletes who are committed to combining sport and education.

The scholarships are generally awarded to riders aged 18-25 years-old and allow successful applicants to continue competitive riding whilst in education. Coaching, competition expenses, equipment and sports science support are all financed by the scholarship. Riders do not receive the funding directly but need to pay for the services then claim it back through their academic institutions.

For more information please visit www.tass.gov.uk and click on institutions.

British Under 18 Champs

The British under 18 championship is taking place at Chepstow Horse Trials this weekend (18 – 21 May). Juniors from across the country will be contesting the coveted title, sponsored by Albion Saddle Makers.

Set in a natural amphitheatre in 370 acres of parkland surrounding Piercefield House Chepstow Horse Trials – now in its 26th year – is great for spectators and offers a wide variety of trade stands.

For more information visit http://www.chepstowht.ndirect.co.uk

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