Marguerite and daughter Virginia with Gaighan na Dailach

A SPECIAL son of Angus is set to take the county's proud equine reputation across a new frontier.

In a new development for a highland pony stud situated in the shadow of the glens, four-year-old gelding Gaighan na Dailach will early next week embark on the journey to his new home in Switzerland.

The export is a notable first for the an Dailach operation, founded by Rowan and Marguerite Osborne of Kinclune, near Kirriemuir, in 1981.

It holds two champion stallions, Glenmazeran na Dailach and Charlie of Muck, sire of the Swiss-bound pony. Although the na Dailich name and its award-winning reputation stretches back almost three decades, the family's history in highland ponies extends far beyond that area.

During the 1930s Mrs Osborne's father James McIntosh supplied highland ponies to sporting estates across the Scottish highlands.

Marguerite said the Swiss contact came out of the blue and the family were delighted.

"It is a first for us and quite unusual ójust a very few ponies got to places like Germany, France and the Netherlands but I have not heard of one going to Switzerland," she said.


The Central Scotland Highland Pony Club 20th Anniversary Ceilidh Dance in aid of The Equine Grass Sickness Fund

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Dance a success.  The Club raised £550 for the equine Grass Sickness Fund. 

The CSHPC Annual Show will be held for the first time at Strathallan Castle on Saturday 5th September 2009.

Burnside and na Dailach Stud Visit 2008

Members and friends of the CSHPC enjoyed lovely day at the recent Stud Visit to the Burnside and na Dailach Highland Pony Studs.

The day kicked off at Alistair and Ann Ballantyne's Burnside Stud, Hillockhead Farm. Copies of the ponies' pedigrees were provided which showed much of the history of the Stud's breeding. The Stud was founded in 1983 and Ann explained that the common gene throughout the Burnside ponies is Whitefield Sergeant Major.

The Burnside mares now include previous Royal Highland Agricultural Show Female Champion, Burnside Glencora, Peebles Agricultural Show Overall Horse Champion, Burnside Fara, and The Royal Show Ridden Champion, Burnside Hannah. 

This year the Stud has one foal, a very well grown and free moving colt by Ulleam of Whitefield and out of Highland Queen of Whitefield.  Last year they had an attractive and traditional filly by of Rannoch of Achnacarry, and out of Glencora. Next year the Stud are expecting two more foals by Rannoch and out of Glencora and Hannah.

Alistair is a very keen driver and boasts a collection of four horse drawn vehicles which were on view on the day. At present Alistair drives Fara, but is his intention to retire Fara and focus on driving 6 year old mare, Burnside Quintessa, in future.

At the na Dailach Stud, Kinclune, the party was provided with lunch and drinks before being shown around the na Dailach Highland ponies. The Stud, which was founded in 1981, has two Champion stallions, Glenmazeran na Dailach (Whitefield Zircon x Calliach Bhan na Dailach), most recently National Pony Society Summer Show Champion, and Charlie of Muck (Strathmashie Seamus Mhor x Mary of Muck), National Stallion Show Champion. 

Rowan and Marguerite are delighted that this year's foals are two lovely fillies, one by each stallion. The oldest is a black filly by Glenmazeran and out of the 2006 Royal Highland Agricultural Show Female Champion, Rosedew na Dailach (Trademark of Whitefield x Rowena na Dailach). The younger is a mouse dun filly by Charlie and out of reserve champion mare, Prionsonna Rose na Dailach (Whitefield Zircon x Rosemarie na Dailach).

The Stud Visit also incorporated surprise visit to Alistair and Ann's neighbour, Deidre Stewart, to see her six very friendly donkeys.

                                                    Rhianna Dailach

(Prionnsonna Rose na Dailach x Charlie of Muck)

Photo courtesy of Tim Connell


CSHPC ODE - September 2008

The Central Scotland Highland Pony Club 2008 ODE was held at Strathearn Eventing. In strong competition, the overall winner was Jane McNaught's gelding, Whitefield King Ivan, ridden by Rose McPherson. Earlier in the year King Ivan spent a fortnight at Rose's eventing yard undergoing training. Since then the pair have met at events throughout the season to compete. In taking the overall title, Rose and King Ivan were first equal in the dressage, first in the cross country and second in the show jumping. 

Rose reported that the ODE was the first dressage test she had done on King Ivan. His previous jumping successes in this, his first year at working hunter, include a clear round in the NPS Scotland Final at Blair where he came second and Reserve Working Hunter Champion at the Highland Pony Society Breed Show.  

Second in the individual ODE also went to Rose with her own veteran pony, Trowan Callan. Callan was bred by Robert Davidson and is by Trowan Cavalier and out of Trowan Polly. Now aged 17, he came third in each phase of the ODE making him second overall. Callan has retired from competition but competed in the workers at the Horse of the Year Show for five consecutive years during his career.

Third place overall in the ODE went to Clare Valentine with home bred and produced  gelding Aigas of Litigan (Glen Aigas x Alice of Litigan). Aigas, who is 12 years old and also largely retired from competition, came first equal in the dressage phase. In previous years Aigas has won the ODE, as well as the dressage, working hunter and ridden Championships at the Club's Annual Show.

First place in the individual showjumping competition went to Faye Cook and Strathleven Jack.

The Non-Highland overall ODE and dressage phase was won by Sally Murray with her 6 year old Highland x Thorough Bred gelding, Lee. Lee jumped clear in the showjumping and cross country phases and won the dressage with a personal best. Earlier in the year he won his first ever novice dressage competition at Gleneagles.  First in the showjumping was Megan Haste with Gemma. Patrick Day and Puzzle won the cross country in an impressive time.

The Team ODE was won by the Perthshire Raiders which comprised Whitefield King Ivan, Trowan Callan, Clare Valentine's mare Thorn Xsara and Sheila Keron's gelding, Oscardene, again ridden by Clare Valentine.


(Highlands) ODE - 1, Whitefield King Ivan; 2, Trowan Callan; 3, Aigas of Litigan. Dressage - 1, Aigas of Litigan; 1, Whitefield King Ivan; 3, Trowan Callan. Show Jumping - 1, Strathleven Jack; 2, Whitefield King Ivan; 3, Trowan Callan. Cross Country - 1, Whitefield King Ivan; 2, K Berry, Stuartdene; 3, Trowan Callan. (Non Highlands) Overall ODE - 1, Lee; 2, S Dyker, Kita; 3, T Francis, Fred. Dressage - 1, Lee; 2, M Miller, Brimstone Cadog; 3, M Haste, Gemma.  Showjumping - 1, Gemma; 2, Fred; 3, Brimstone Cadog. Cross Country - 1, P Day, Puzzle; 2, Lee; 3, S Mingay, Mac Tana.

Team ODE - 1, Perthshire Raiders - Whitefield King Ivan, Trowan Callan, Oscardene, Thorn Xsara; 2, Central Chargers - Stuartdene, S Lane and B McVean, Carrick of Shianbank, J Milne, Erica of Acharn, Aigas of Litigan; 3, Gaelic Gallopers - L Gunn, Ceit of Gersa, L, Angus of Gersa, M Murray, Rhurdi na Dailach, Brimstone Cadog, Lee.

CSHPC Club Show - September 2008

Judged by Jennifer Allan and in strong competition, the Central Scotland Highland Pony Show Supreme Champion and Highland Pony Society Bronze Medal winner for a second year was Martin and Wendy Taylor's 5 year old yeld mare, Shona of Sunnyneuk. Shona took the double at last years show lifting the Lochlands In-Hand Champion of Champions as well the Show's In-hand and Supreme Champion tickets. 

Reserve In-hand Champion of the Show and winner of the Lochlands In-Hand Champion of Champions, judged by Charlie McQuattie, was Sheena Lane's 11 year old gelding, Carrick of Shianbank. Carrick is by Brig O'Doon of Whitefield and out of Yowley of Whitefield. Shown and produced by Barbara McVean, Carrick has won three championships earlier in the year taking the In-hand and Ridden Championship at Drymen and Reserve In-hand Champion at Stirling.  

The Reserve in the Lochland's was another gelding, Seamus of Inverdarroch. Seamus was reserve in the Lochland's last year as well as Champion at Fife Show and Doune and Dunblane this year, and Reserve Champion at Blair Atholl. He also boasts an unbeaten record in his In-hand classes this year.

The Reserve Supreme Championship went to the Open Ridden Champion, Joanna of Forglen, owned by Sally Coutts and ridden by Joanna Jack. The mare has been ridden Champion this year at the NPS Spring Show and Reserve Champion at the Royal Highland Agricultural Show and at the Highland Pony Society Breed Show. The Reserve Open Ridden went to Tim and Jean Connell's mare, Rowan of Achnacarry ridden by Lisa Allison. Rowan has been Reserve Champion Ridden pony at Central and West Fife Show and Braco Show earlier in the year.

The Novice Ridden Champion was Spruce of Moulzie ridden by Marion Rodgers. Reserve was JR Cessford's Montreathmont Ogilvie.

In the Working Hunter section the Nursery Novice Working Hunter pony Carlung Innes came through to take the championship for a delighted Miriam McCloy. Reserve was the gelding Whitefield Prince Henry, owned by Fiona Bell and ridden by Joanna Jack.


 In-hand (Judge: Miss J Allan). Champion: KM and WJ Taylor, Shona of Sunnyneuk. Reserve: Sheena Lane, Carrick of Shianbank. Yeld Mare Ridden - 1, S Coutts, Joanna of Forglen; 2, J Milne, Erica of Acharn; 3, R Chisholm, Islay of Carlung. Gelding 4, 5 and 6 yo - 1, I Grant, Sheamus of Inverdarroch; 2, JBW Connell, Euan of Achnacarry; 3, M McCloy, Carlung Innes. Gelding 7 years and over - 1, Carrick of Shianbank; 2, K Williams, Chapelhill Valour; 3, F Bell, Whitefield Prince Henry. Yeld Mare - 1, Shona of Sunnyneuk; 2, S Adams, Ballinton Islay Lady; 3, JK Smith, Tess of Glendoll. Filly, Colt, Gelding 3yo - 1, KM & WJ Taylor, Ailsa of Sunnyneuk; 2, R Chalmers, Millhorn Beauty; 3, D Summers, Knockandy Dirk St George. Filly, Colt, Gelding 2yo - 1, H & L Lundie, Bailey O' Lundie Crags; 2, K Barr, Rose of Sunnyneuk; 3, G Docherty, Pollyanna of Forglen. Filly, Colt, Gelding 1yo - 1, H & L Lundie, Roxanne O'Lundie Crags; 2, S Skea, Marnonwells Clova; 3, L McNaughton, Rhinns Point Sendac. Brood Mare - 1, J and J Bonar, Lesley of Whitefield; 2, J Alexander, Fourmerk Honey; 3, A Black, Ballinton Christie. Foal - 1, J Alexander, Fourmerk Heather Belle; 2, J and J Bonar, filly foal.

Lochlands In-hand Grand Final (Judge: Mr C McQuattie) Champion: Carrick of Shianbank. Reserve: Sheamus of Inverdarroch. Best Youngstock: J and J Bonar, filly foal. 1, Carrick of Shianbank; 2, Sheamus of Inverdarroch; 3, Tess of Glendoll.

Ridden (Judge: Mr H Cameron). Champion - Joanna of Forglen. Reserve - Rowan of Achnacarry. Under 14hh - 1, Joanna of Forglen; 2, Rowan of Achnacarry; 3, J Milne, Erica of Acharn. 14hh to 14.2hh - 1, F Bell, Whitfield Prince Henry; 2, Carrick of Shianbank; 3, FF Lawson, Brigid of Dalbrack. Novice Champion - Spruce of Moulzie. Novice Reserve - Montreathmont Ogilvie. Nursery Novice - 1, Montreathmont Ogilvie; 2, J Milne, Mirren of Menteith; 3, H Knox, Fiona of Inverdarroch. Novice - 1, Spruce of Moulzie; 2, K Williams, McPherson of Craigieloch; 3, R Chism, Islay of Carlung.

Working Hunter (Judge: Mrs Mary McCall-Smith). Nursery Novice - 1, Carlung Innes; 2, Brigid of Dalbrack; 3, S Haste, Duncrub Rory. Novice - 1, J Milne, Erica of Acharn; 2, Duncrub Rory; 3, A Caldow, Strathmore Euan. Open - 1, Whitefield Prince Henry. Champion - Carlung Innes. Reserve - Whitefield Prince Henry.


Virginia was delighted to step up from Vice Chair of the CSHPC to Chairperson at the annual AGM in March.  With an enthusiastic committee on board it is an exciting time for the Club. 

Planned events include:

The new Aberfeldy Ride-Out on Sunday 24 August 2008

The Annual Show at Strathearn Eventing on Sunday 7 September 2008

The ODE at Strathearn Eventing on Saturday 20 September 2008

The Balquidder Ride-Out on Saturday 4 October 2008

The Pentland Ride-Out to be held in 4 October 2008

The 20 year Anniversary Ceilidh Dance with a Dinner Buffet and music provided by Willie Simpson on 28 February at Perth Race Course Owners and Trainers Suite

For more information on all events visit or email


Champion and Reserve Champion In-hand Highland Ponies from shows affiliated to the Highland Pony Society in 2007 will gather for the Grand In-Hand Champion of Champions at the Show held at Strathearn Eventing on 2 September. 

Generously sponsored by the Lochlands Highland Pony Stud, this event will be the first of its kind for Highland ponies.   To mark the occasion, the winner of the competition will receive a £50 cash prize, a sash and a Borders Fine Art stallion model.

The Grand Championship pays tribute to the Highland Pony and the traditional characteristics that have resulted in it's prosperity.  Originally bred for hill work, the ponies have maintained their bone, depth and substance. The breed is highly rated for its free, active paces, particularly evident in their excellent trot with powerful movement from the hind quarters.

In recent years the Highland Pony has grown in strength as the pony of choice for many in-hand and performance competitors. This success not only secures the future of the breed, it also recognises the generations of careful breeding. 

The Grand Championship, which will play host to some of the finest examples of the breed, will be judged by experienced breeder, judge and exhibitor, Sandy Baird of the Whitefield Stud. The Club Show provides a comprehensive display of the beautiful native Highland Pony in various disciplines.

For details of the show, visit or contact Hazel Wheldon on 0131 449 3038. The CSHPC Show In-Hand Champion and Reserve Champion, judged on the day by Jean Connell will be eligible for the Grand Championship. Entries are accepted for all classes on the day. 


Health & Welfare of the Foal & Youngstock

Mum was a member of the SEBA committee who recently organised a seminar on the Health & Welfare of the Foal and Youngstock. The day provided an excellent opportunity for breeders to benefit from the vast of knowledge accumulated by the seminars three very knowlegable veterinary surgeons.

Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE, of Liverpool University, gave the talk gave the first talk of the day on medical conditions at foaling and of the newborn foal. In the afternoon, he talked on a number of issues including skin conditions, respiratory conditions and fell pony syndrome. Professor Knotenbelt is an advisor to the International League for Protection to Horses.

Dr Scott Pirie of Edinburgh University discussed medical conditions of the older foal to weaning. In the afternoon he gave a very informative lecturette on both worming and grass sickness.

Andrew McDiarmid of Clyde Veterinary Group joined the Seminar in the afternoon and gave a talk on variety limb deformities and OCD. This was an excellent talk that addressed problem experience in the smaller breed and in Clydesdale Horses.

After the seminar, HPS council member Anne Mitchell gave delegates a guided tour of the new Scottish National Equestrian Centre.

Congratulations to SEBA Chairman Sheila Brooks for organising this excellent event.