A Scottish-bred filly claimed the Dengie/Horse & Hound Scottish Sports Horse of the Future title at Gleneagles

Elaine MacFarlane claimed a tremendous victory in an exciting Dengie/Horse &Hound Scottish Sports Horse of the Future championship when her home-bred filly, Newmiln Lacroix, triumphed over a high-class field. Nineteen horses came forward to compete in the brightly lit and beautifully decorated arena at Gleneagles EC.

Elaine took home a £500 first prize, a cut glass decanter, a £50 breeders’ award, a jacket, feed voucher and a £250 Genus voucher, while the Horse & Hound groom’s award went to Nancy Orr, who did a great job of presenting the winning filly.

Jacob Ter Horst, a member of the KWPN executive committee from Holland, judged this prestigious final for three-year-olds.

Mr Ter Horst said that he particularly liked Newmiln Lacroix’s attitude; she met every fence in balance and showed excellent technique. The filly is by the Hanoverian stallion Landini, out of a Don Juan mare who, sadly, was put down last spring after breaking a leg.

In second place was the stunning black German-bred Esperito, who qualified a month before at Osbaldeston in Denise Mitchell¨s ownership, who purchased him as a foal at Verden.

Since qualifying, Esperito has been sold to Bev Yates and was gelded only two weeks before this final. He certainly showed no ill-effects, moving and jumping with great freedom and elasticity and showing great scope and potential.

Ireland’s JJ Bowe, owner of the Kiltealy Stud in Wexford, finished third with Kiltealy Paddy, with fellow Irishman John McDonald, from Co Kilkenny, taking fourth prize with his home-bred Chatsworth Dan, by Fristo Dan, a son of Furisto.