Top event in stunning setting

Kate Thorne in action. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.
Kate Thorne in action. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.

High-class equestrian action was staged at Etal Charity Dressage last weekend.

The annual spectacle took place at the stunning Etal Manor, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Joicey.

Jasmine Turnbull. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.

Jasmine Turnbull. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.

This year’s spectacle attracted almost 270 entries over the two days, ranging from lower levels of prelim to the high ranks of Grand Prix with top hat and tails.

Stand out performers included Kate Thorne, from Earlston, and Jade Struthers, from Morris Equestrian Centre in Ayrshire but originally from Kelso, who both won a lot of classes over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Coldstream’s Jasmine Turnbull, 16, on Port For Paddy, grabbed the highest score. She won a prize of two free tickets to Blair Castle International Horse Trials in September for her efforts.

This year’s event was in aid of two charities; The Dare to Live Trust, which helps ex-service men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder come to terms with civilian life by using horses as therapy, and the Scottish Borders-based Arthurshiel Rescue Centre.

Jade Struthers. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.

Jade Struthers. Picture by Stevie Purves Photography.

A fund-raising total has not yet been announced by the organisers.

The event featured top-class judges, including Debby Lush, Judith Harris and Dermot Cannon.

The main sponsor was Galedin Vetinary, which has surgeries around the Borders, while Cornhill Village Shop did the catering.

For more information, visit www.etaldressage.com