2009 Highlights

BHS Search for a Star

Easterton had a clean sweep in the Search for a Star Final held at Sandyflats RDA in October. Initiated in 2008, the event is run by the Strathclyde Committee of the British Horse Society. The final was the culmination of "Handy Horse" heats held at riding establishments throughout the region.

The Champions in each of the three age groups were: 8 Years and Under Megan Allan riding Samson (left); 9 to 16 Years Amy Fitzpatrick riding Honey (middle); and 17 Years and over Sarah Johnston riding Zara (right).

Drymen Champions

Proprietor David Ralston's DRB Stud produced this years Drymen Show Youngstock Champion, DRB Elizabeth R (right), owned at the time by Alex and Angela Mitchell. DRB Gold Business (left) was Reserve Champion. The stud also bred the show jumper DRBís Own Business, who qualified, along with Midnight Prince ridden by livery Kirsty Douglas, for the National Amateur Championship.

Junior Showjumpers

Show jumping is a major part of Eastertonís agenda. Two youngsters, Melissa Gibson and Adrianne Murphy have been flying the Easterton flag at many of the venues around the country. Melissa has recently made the difficult progression from riding a pony to competing a horse, already winning several competition including classes at Ingliston Equestrian Centre. Adrianne has only one year left with her pony before she also moves onto horses, and will hopefully continue to be in the winning line-ups.

From Strength to Strength

Rapps Milestone, a horse saved from slaughter in Holland by yard proprietors, Rosemary Brown and David Ralston, while on a business trip to Europe several years ago, reached the pinnacle of his career this year at Perth Agricultural Show where he won the Scottish Qualifier for the Blue Chip Irish Draught £2000 Challenge along with his stable mate, Rakish Casey, this years Campsie Show Champion, owned by Mark and Suzanne Carlin. Both horses have consistently contested Show and Working Hunter Classes throughout this year with great success.