Lesmahagow girl Amy Haddow impresses in first eventing competition

Lesmahagow High pupil Amy Haddow (14) of Letham Farm, Lesmahagow, finished third in novice class on her horse Ipso Facto in her first-ever one day competition at Auchinleck this week
Lesmahagow High pupil Amy Haddow (14) of Letham Farm, Lesmahagow, finished third in novice class on her horse Ipso Facto in her first-ever one day competition at Auchinleck this week

In her very first one-day eventing competition, remarkable Lesmahagow girl Amy Haddow finished a highly creditable third on her horse Ipso Facto – which she’s only had for three months.

Amy (14), of Letham Farm, won a rosette thanks to a superb dressage score of 32.5 points and clear rounds in showjumping and cross-country phases including eight and 20 fences respectively.

Her proud mum Christine, a spectator at the prestigious Area 19 event contested by 150 novice class riders in four sections, said: “It was a great achievement for Amy.

“I didn’t think she expected to do as well. The fences were higher than she’d ever encountered before.

“She would have settled for a reasonable dressage performance and clear rounds in the other events.

“So I was thrilled for her to achieve what she did in her first one-day event.

“She has put a lot of work in practising, so it is nice to see it paying off.”

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