Meghan Ballantyne and her 148cm pony Pebbly Landlord have qualified for the Scottish team at the forthcoming British Show-jumping National Inter-academy Team Event to be held at Weston Lawns in August.
To reach the team Meghan competed against nearly thirty competitors from academies all over Scotland at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre. The initial course was a stiff 1.05m with only six going clear, to ensure the top four competed for the team, course builder George Blackie, set the jump-off at 1.15m to 1.20m. Meghan was placed second behind Sandy McLean with Heather Blackie from Hamilton in third, all going double clear. The fourth team place went to Fionualla Kerr. The competition takes place over two days with four teams representing Scotland over different competition heights, Meghan will compete over 1.10m.
Meghan has brought Landlord, aged 7, through the grades this year and has also qualified for the British Novice and Discovery finals at Scope. She is a member of the Lanarkshire Junior Academy having attended since it started at West Kype last year and trains at West Kype with Andrew Wilson. She is also a keen Eventer and the combination have competed successfully over the cross-country courses this season.
The Lanarkshire Junior Academy will be starting back at West Kype early September, is held once a month providing riding and stable management tuition with a focus on jumping. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more can contact Gillian Beattie at Gillian.email@example.com.
We wish Meghan and all of the teams the best of luck at Weston Lawns, the full teams are;
CHARLEY HAMILTON – BEE BOP A LULA
STUART MUIRHEAD – TDI
AVA MEIKLEJOHN – MISS JUNO
LOUISE HEBDON – ROCK ON RAFFEY
STUART MUIRHEAD – MIGHTY QUINN
OLIVIA COIA – SWANNIESTON BELLE OF THE BALL
SANDY MCLEAN – CLAGGAN LA JOLIE
CHARLIE PATTULLO – DEXTER VI
SANDY MCLEAN – LENNON PRINCESS
MEGHAN BALLANTYNE – LANDLORD
HEATHER BLACKIE – PICATCHU
FIONNULLA KERR – LARAGHMORE MARTIN
VICTORIA LILLINGTON – CAPTAIN JACK IV
ISLA MOWAT – MILLTHYME CAMEO
ROWAN BALL – BON AMI V
ISLA GUMLEY – MAGIC FLIGHT