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Scottish double win at Burgie International Horse Trials
Moray, Scotland
Photos: Foxphotographics
Ian Stark
Scottish riders have undoubtedly held their own at Burgie International Horse Trials with David Gatherer securing the CCI** title today (Sunday) on the impressive 17.2hh Rockhill Kashmir owned by Jean and John McAllister of Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.

In second place overnight closely behind leader Tom Robinson on Something Funny, only 1.4 penalties separated the two riders at the start of the showjumping phase. However, even David's one time penalty didn't stand in the way of him gaining the title with Tom's one pole down leaving the door wide open for David to move into first. Third place went to Banbury based Gemma Hall on Tullineaskey Simon.

David Gatherer's win followed closely in the footsteps of fellow Scot Ian Stark's victory in yesterday's (Saturday's) CCI* with Bilingual.

With an ecstatic crowd in attendance David collected the £900 first place prize money alongside The Lochore Trophy plus a bottle of Cragganmmore Super Premium 29 year old from Classic Malts of Scotland, the trophy for the highest placed Scottish rider plus a further whisky gift for being best veteran at 43.
David Gatherer
"I'm absolutely thrilled. What a good horse" commented a beaming David Gatherer on the Hanoverian cross Thoroughbred Rockhill Kashmir (Foxy). "He kept a good rhythm in the showjumping and even came back to trot for one of the uprights. I was worried that if he got too fast he would knock them out but we took it steady and he gave them miles.

I'm over the moon.

"He's been so good in every phase. I never in a million years expected to win. I just don't know what to say."

Delighted owners John and Jean McAllister added:"This is Foxy's biggest win to date and we are just over the moon. Of course we feel sorry for Tom but it is a three phase sport.

"Foxy made us smile this morning at the trot-up as he obviously thought that everyone had come especially to see him. He was full of presence and again when he came in the arena to jump. We're sure he knows he won today and we're all simply thrilled. David is such a sympathetic rider and him and Foxy are such a good combination."

Foxy will now be aimed at the CIC*** at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire in three weeks time followed by the CCI*** at Blair Castle in August.

Rockhill Kashmir has proved extremely versatile and has turned his hoof to many disciplines including dressage at the Paralympics in Athens with rider Jo Pitt.

Sponsorship for this year's CCI** comes from Classic Malts Selection (formerly Classic Malts of Scotland) owned by Diageo with the CCI* sponsored by The Malcolm Group.

Today saw the conclusion of the Dodson and Horrell three day Riding Club event with a trot up for all horses in front of Burgie House this morning followed by showjumping in the main arena. Section F winner was Emma Moyes riding Muirsland Dowrie on 34.7 penalties, second went to Freya Petrie on Guiness on 41.80 penalties and third to Ailsa MacTaggart on The Liquorice Kid on 44.80 penalties.

Lisa Howlett on Drumlanrig took first place in Section G on 38.2 penalties with Barbara Dixon second on 39 penalties on The Calico Rose and Claire Morton third on Bumbledom Bandit on 39.40 penalties.

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