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By Fiona Reid
Sport
Drivers compete in Lakes event

THE South West of Scotland Horse Driving Club held a successful driving event at The Lake District Wildlife Park, Keswick.

It started on Saturday afternoon with dressage and cone driving. The marathon on the Sunday took the competitors on a trip round the Park tracks and they had the added attraction of seeing wallabies, giant bison, Zebras and many other animals as they travelled before returning back to the field to complete the five obstacles.
In a very tight open class, Drew Douglas from Kirtlebridge driving Jimmy led from start to finish. He had the best dressage test followed by a double clear in the cones and then drove a consistent marathon to win the class. Pat Gillan from Wigtown driving Tommy also drove a good dressage. She posted some fast obstacle times but failed to catch Drew and had to settle for second place. Zan Kirk had the best marathon of the weekend finished in third.
In a strong multiples class, Barbara Paterson driving her pair took the honours by driving consistently in all three phases with Iain McKendrick only two points behind in second. Pat Cooper driving her horse tandem was third. The novice class was won by Judith Hunt. Judith also won the field class with her other pony ahead of Carol Black in second and Ellen Dodd third.
The cones challenge was won by Carl Bevan with Iain McKendrick and Jodie Dick joint second and Carol Black fourth.

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