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DURRIS LORD BRETT – 1996 Royal Highland Show Reserve Champion In-Hand. 2004
Royal Highland Champion Under Saddle. In between many champion and reserve
championships both In-Hand and Under Saddle. 2003, 2nd to Llanarth British
Lion in the Picton Final. Also qualified in 2004 for the 2005 Scottish
Farmer Prelim. Finals at Rowallan.
In 2006, Brett made a successful return to showing taking several
Championships including the Large M&M Championship at Turriff and Reserve
Supreme of Show at ILPH, Brechin. Brett also managed to finish a creditable
5th and 6th in the only two Olympia qualifiers he contested.
In November, 2006 Brett competed at the SWPCA Winter Show where he took the
Members' Ridden Championship and the Open M&M Ridden Championship. He then
went on to take the Supreme Ridden Championship before retiring permanently
from the show ring which had seen him successful In-Hand, Under Saddle and
in M&M WHP.
In 2007 and 2008 Brett continued performing well in both Novice and
Preliminary Dressage that took him to the Regional finals and several other
local club championships. In early 2009 he enjoyed a 5 month break due to
family illness after which he was sent on loan to a friend, Jane, for her to
compete in local club activities and affiliated dressage and as the pairing
have gradually become a team his results have improved. When first together,
their Novice dressage % was high 50’s/low 60’s with placings ranging from
2nd to 6th. By Christmas, they had qualified for the regional finals in 1st
place with a score of 71.25%. During this time, Jane also reintroduced Brett
to Jumping which resulted in 1st and 2nd placings (though I’m not sure how
they got round as they both probably had their eyes shut whilst going round
the course)!! In October, Brett was invited to join the NERC Scotland team
at a competition and Brett’s double clear helped the team achieve second
In 2010, Brett and Jane will be heading to the Regional finals as well as
the North East Scotland Championships Final and of course competing locally
in dressage and show jumping. 2010 may also see the pair out and about in
some pre veteran Show Classes.
Sadly Jane and Brett never made it to the Regional Finals this winter due to
family problems. However that did not stop the pair of them going on to have
a great season. Brett attended his first Veteran Classes and qualified for
the area finals both in hand and under saddle at his first show. Towards the
end of the season, he took his first Veteran Championship.
At the same time, j
Jane had reintroduced Brett to show jumping which resulted in first and
second placings at their first riding club event (though I’m not sure how
they got round the course as they both seemed to have their eyes firmly shut
as they reached a fence!). As a result, they were invited to join the NERC
(Scotland) team at a competition and Brett’s double clear, helped the team
achieve second place.
As regards his dressage, in 2010, Brett won the NERC (Scotland) Novice
Dressage League, qualified for the Scottish and Northern Equestrian
Championships and the Petplan Championships, both at Novice level. As
members of the NERC (Scotland) Dressage Team that qualified for the British
Riding Club Championships, Jane took Brett down to Lincoln in September 2010
where the team finished fourth in the Team Group Dressage (all four riders
are in the arena at the same time doing the same test!) and in the Novice 24
competition, Brett finished 6th overall, individually.
OAK BRONWEN – Competing in her first year at Novice in 2008, Bronwen, who is on loan
to us from Les Anderson’s Cwmythan Stud, had a very successful season. At
the NPS Scotland Summer Show, she won her class and qualified for the Picton
Final at Malvern. She then went on to win the Scottish Novice ridden class
and take the Reserve Championship. At both the ADWPCEG Summer and Winter
Shows she again won her Novice classes and took the overall Welsh Ridden
Reserve Championships. At the Scottish and northern Show, she went one
better and having won the Novice Ridden class, took the Novice Championship.
At the Royal Highland she won her In-hand class and was 3rd in the ridden
whilst at the Royal Welsh, she managed a very creditable 11th.
In 2009, again because of family illness, Bronwen was shown very little
although she came 2nd In-Hand and 4th Under Saddle at The Royal Highland
after which she was sold to a wonderful new home where she has settled very
happily and continued her winning ways.
DURRIS FREE SPIRIT – 2000 M&M In-Hand Champion and Red Rose Qualifier at the
Royal Highland Show. 2002 M&M In-Hand Champion at the Royal Highland Show.
WPCS Bronze Medal winner and NPS Silver Medal winner.
DURRIS HIGH SPIRITS –
Heather competed her first season at Open level having been placed at many
shows including 1sts at Bridgenorth and Aberystwyth where she also took the
Reserve Championship. She was also 2nd at the Welsh National Show and took
two 4ths at Lampeter.
In 2007, her first year under saddle, Heather qualified for the Picton
final, ridden by Philippa James, at Swansea Counnty, where she also took the
Picton Championship. Attempting her first open class at Glanusk, she came
2nd and at her first Olympia qualifier at Bath and West, came 6th.
She took the Open Ridden Championship at NPS Area 28 and finished 3rd in the
Junior Ridden Mare class at the Royal Welsh in 2007.
Many successes In-Hand in 2003, culminating in the
Scottish Elite In-Hand Supreme Championship in it’s inaugural year.
SYDENHAM TEAZLE – 2000 Qualified for Olympia and HOYS. Also took the Ponies
UK Ferndale Championship and was an NPS Silver Medal Rosette winner. Also
during 2000 took the M&M Under Saddle Championship at both the Royal
Highland Show and The Royal International.
SYDENHAM CATMINT – 1998 Royal Highland Show M&M In-Hand Champion. A winner
of 1 silver and 2 bronze WPCS Medals and several NPS Silver Medal Rosettes.
SYDENHAM ELDERBERRY – 2002 Qualified for Olympia. 2003, 1st at the Royal
Welsh Show, 1st United Counties and 1st and Reserve Champion Junior Riders
at NPS Area 29. 2004 1st Junior Ridden Mare class and Reserve Mare Champion
at the Royal Welsh Show. Qualified for Olympia 2005. At the 2005 Royal Welsh
Show, Elderberry finished fourth in the Senior Ridden Mare class, whilst at
Northleach, Deri took the NPS Open Ridden Championship.
To start her 2006 campaign, Deri, ridden by her usual partner Philippa
James, took the Supreme Ridden Championship at the Carmarthenshire WPCA Show
in May, also winning a WPCS Performance Medal. Whilst failing to qualify for
HOYS or Olympia in 2006, Elderberry has achieved several good results,
including, 2nd at Swansea City, 6th at Bath and West, 1st at Three Counties,
3rd at Northleach and 4th at the Royal Welsh.
JANTON DICTATOR –
The SWPCA awarded Dickie the Veteran Points Trophy at their 2008 AGM for his
continuing placements in dressage at the age of 20!
2002 Welsh Performance Medal winner. Supreme Champion
Under Saddle and WPCS Display Team. International Four InHand wheeler. NPS
Silver Medal Rosette winner.
BROUGHTON BLACK PRINCE – 2003 1st Junior Ridden Stallion class at the Royal
Welsh Show and Members Ridden Champion at the SWPCA Winter Show. And to
start 2005, BSPS Heritage Champion at Myerscroft and Ingleston House Stud.
Prince has only been lightly shown during 2006 but has still managed to take
three BSPS Heritage Championships at Myerscough, Ingleston House and Mundole
whilst during the summer, he was M&M Large Breeds Champion at Keith. He also
finished 2nd twice and 4th once in his Olympia qualifiers.
NIRVANNA TWYSOG - 2005 Reserve Supreme Champion at Ponies UK DABBS Show and
the SWPCA Spring Show. At the 2005 Royal Welsh Show, Pie finished second in
the Junior Ridden Gelding Class.
PENTRECOED PRINCE CHARMING – In 2005, Prince won the Junior Ridden Stallion
class at the Royal Welsh whilst at Glanusk, he was Ridden Reserve Champion.
After a six year gap, we decided to bring Prince back to the show ring. It
was a very late starting season for us due to heavy snow until mid April,
but we managed to go to our first show in mid May and Prince won his in hand
class. He went on to win several more classes both In Hand and Under Saddle
before taking the Section D In Hand Championship at the ADWPCEG Summer Show.
Sadly, shortly after that, he colic ked whilst at a show and lashing out in
pain, kicked a granite wall. Whilst it was the end of his competing for the
season, he has come sound again after sustaining severe bruising!
SYDENHAM GEORGE – Champion M&M In-Hand at BSPS Show at Goval on his first
outing in 2006. At his second show in 2006, The Davida Show, George took the
NPS M&M Reserve Championship. During 2006, George went on to be placed
in the top two at each outing In-Hand, with a Reserve M&M Championship at
NERC and a Reserve Supreme In-Hand at ADWPCEG Summer Show.
George started 2007, his first year under saddle, by taking the M&M WHP
Championship at the NPS Scotland Spring Show. Since then he has had placings
at many of the large county shows.
He has also won a couple of Olympia qualifying classes, but has not yet
managed to take the Championship necessary to qualify!
DURRIS GALEFORCE –
Following a successful season in Dressage despite missing the last part of
it through an injury, Greg was awarded the Mountain and Moorland Dressage
Trophy at the North East of Scotland Riding Club’s recent AGM
2006 Scottish Farmers Prelim. Dressage Champion ridden by
his owner, Jo Jack from Fife. He was also his Riding Club’s Points Champion
BLAENTAWE THE CHARMER - Alfie started the 2007 season as he meant to go on,
by taking the Reserve Ridden M&M Championship at the NPS Scotland Spring
Show. He followed this up by qualifying for the RIHS Heritige M&M Ridden at
Stafford County and for the RIHS M&M WHP at Bath and West where he also took
the WHP Championship.
At the Royal International, Alfie finished in 5th place in the Heritage M&M
Ridden, and at his final show at Blair in August, he won his NPS Scottish
Open Finals class and went Reserve Champion under saddle.
In mid April, my friend, Elaine, asked if, after 2 years sitting in the
field, babysitting youngsters, she could bring Alfie out again under saddle.
We decided to go ahead and have been delighted with his results this season,
which included a 6th at the Derbyshire County Show (out of 36), 6th at the
Royal Highland in both the M&M WHP and HOYS Ridden. Reserve M&M WHP Champion
at Braco and Ridden Supreme Champion at the Scottish All Welsh Show where he
also won a Performance Medal.
In September, 2010, we decided to take Alfie to compete in BE90 at Wee
Burgie and could not believe it when he finshed 3rd overall, 1.5 points
behind the winner despite being the smallest competitor there! His jockey
said he was a machine over the jumps, loving every minute!
In an even stranger twist of fate, Elaine decided to take Alfie to his first
dressage test, a very risky choice for our little fire cracker! However, the
chilled out Alfie appeared and he managed to contain his energy and finish
5th, a result of which I am very proud,
DURRIS HOPSCOTCH -During
2008, Huey had a very successful season with his owner, Lisa Taylor. He won
the prelim Warm Up at the British Dressage Winter Regional's at Gleneagles.
He won the Gordon Dressage Group Prelim. League and the North East Prelim
In his first year under saddle in 2007, Huey, owned and
ridden by my Head Girl, Lisa Taylor,
has taken two Novice Championships at
his first two outings to Fife and NPS Scotland Summer Show. She also
qualified him for the Picton final at the NPS Scotland show. He has also had
his first outing to a Dressage competition and won 2 firsts.
Having finished the 2007 Showing season, Huey has made his first forays into
dressage and has qualified for the Regional Finals at Preliminary level.
In 2010, Huey was shown very lightly but still managed to take Reserve
Champion or Champion on all his outings Under Saddle.
DURRIS LASTING SPIRIT - 2007 is Luke's first year out In-Hand with his new
owner and he has never been placed lower than third, At ADWPCEG Summer Show
he was also Section D Youngstock Reserve Champion.
He has since gone on to win several Championships and Reserve Championships,
including the Reserve Supreme Youngstock Championship at the ADWPCEG Winter
DURRIS GOLDEN SOVEREIGN – In 2008, Gus
both the Winter and Summer British Dressage Regional Finals and finished 9th
at the later. He was also 3rd in the Warm Up class. He also finished 5th in
both the Scottish Farmer Prelim. Finals and in the North East Prelim
Championship. He was 2nd to his stable mate, Hopscotch, in the |Gordon
Dressage Group Prelim. League and having qualified for the British Riding
Club Championships, Finished 5th individually in one of the Novice classes
and 3rd in the Team Dressage Test.
Gus became affectionately known as ‘’Mr. 4th’’
during 2007 as he always seemed to finish in 4th place! However, with the
showing season now at an end for 2007, he has now moved on to Dressage and
in his first four tests, achieved scores of over 70%, the highest being 77%.
He has already qualified for the Regional Finals at Preliminary level and
for the Scottish Farmer Preliminary Finals
WYNBROOK SOUCEROR – Saucy was only shown twice during 2007 winning his class
on the first occasion. However at the SWPCA Winter Show, he went one better
and was the Reserve Supreme Youngstock Champion.
DURRIS THE MAVERICK – Sold early in 2007, Maverick took the Supreme
Youngstock Championship at the ADWPCEG Winter Show before going on to take
the Reserve Supreme In-Hand of Show. Congratulations to his new owner Aina
Brooker, who’s grandmother, Marie, was the founder of the famous Clothie
In 2009, Maverick was only lightly shown, managing 2nd or 3rd rosettes,
every time out.
DURRIS KEEPSAKE – was sold in January, 2005 and has been shown lightly, each
2005 he went to 5 shows gaining 1st each time out. In 2006 after taking a
3rd on his first outing, he was first on every other outing and took 3 M&M
Championships along the way. In the ADWPCEG Annual Awards, he won the Large
M&M Championship, was Reserve Points Champion and Best 2 year old. Again in
2007, he was very lightly shown, gaining either 1st or 2nd each time out and
a reserve Championship.
In 2008, Kelpie was broken and competed in a couple of Dressage Intro tests
before entering Preliminary classes, finishing 2nd in his first ever class.
He also managed a 4th in his first ever ridden open class
In 2009 he was placed in the top 3 every time out, both In-Hand and in both
Novice and Open Ridden classes, including a 3rd In-Hand at the Royal
Highland in a class that included established and well known stallions.
Sadly, despite having qualified for the NPS Scotland Finals at Blair in
August, Kelpie was unable to go due to a stifle injury.
DURRIS PRIME TIME - Pip was sold as a foal and shown lightly in 2009 as a
yearling managing a second or third every time out.
MALOG TYWYSOGES RUTH - Having been broken to ride during the winter of
2008/2009 by John James of the Sianwood Stud, she was produced by John under
saddle in 2009 and was placed every time out. In June she took the M&M
Novice Ridden Championship at Cheshire County. In July, she came 6th in the
mud in the Ridden Mare class at the Royal Welsh Show and she finished the
season at Pembroke County where she took her Open Ridden Championship and
was awarded the Trophy for Supreme Welsh.
Ruth will be returning to the James family after a winter break to compete
again Under Saddle in 2010.
In 2010, Ruth was again produced for us by the James Family at the Sianwood
Stud. Although shown lightly, she had some great results including taking
the NPS Ringside Championship and Silver Medal Supreme Champion at the NPS
Valley Show, the reserve Ridden Championship at Aberystwyth, The Ridden
Championship at Breacon County Show and 6th in the HOYS Ridden at the Royal
Welsh. In 2011, we are introducing Ruth to M&M WHP, so watch this space!
DWYFOR SAFFRON: - In 2010, at the grand old age of 16yo, we decided to take
Saffie out to a couple of shows. Despite her age, she managed to finish 3rd
every time out in her M&M In Hand classes and 1st in her Veteran!
Durris Morning Glory (left) meets her Mum, Dwyfor Saffron (right) at a show
DURRIS MORNING GLORY: - Having very sadly lost her 2010 foal, Glory’s owner
decided to bring her out under saddle quite late on in the season, but what
a great decision that turned out to be with her taking the Supreme Ridden of
Show at Ythan Show and the reserve Ridden M&M Championship at the Keith
DURRIS LUCKY TOUCH: - Leisl has had a fabulous first season In Hand with her
owner, Moira Leggat of the Thistleview Stud. At the Strathbogie Show, they
took the M&M Championship then went on to be Reserve Supreme of Show, whilst
at the Royal Highland, they took the Welsh Section D In Hand Championship.
More Championships followed at Turriff and Keith. Well done to them both.