Surprise trophy win for Catherine

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CATHERINE Garbutt from Glaisdale has won the Cleveland Bay Horse Society (CBHS) Performance Scheme section for endurance riding with her part bred Cleveland Bay horse called High Park Mac.

Mac was bred by the late John Readman of Ugthorpe Rails out of a pure bred Cleveland Bay mare and by the TB stallion Bollin William, owned by Gilly Dimmock of Harwood Dale.

Catherine saw Mac as a youngster and fell in love with him.

Since buying him they have become the best of friends and at seven, he is starting his endurance career as well as trying other things including showing and jumping.

Catherine received lots of encouragement from John and Sue Lees of Fryup when she first bought Mac and they persuaded her to show him locally and at the Great Yorkshire Show with great success.

Although a lack of time due to work and family commitments restrict the type of competitions Catherine can enter, she became a member of the local Endurance GB group and has managed enough rides to come out top in the Endurance section of the CBHS Performance Scheme.

The results were announced at the Cleveland Bay Horse Society Awards dinner at the Harrogate Pavilions.

Catherine could not get to the dinner so was unaware of the award when she rode at the Robin Hood’s Bay Pleasure Ride at Mitten Hill Farm, Hawsker, the next day, organised by the North and East Yorkshire Group of Endurance GB.

Having just completed a 20-mile (33 km) course which went over the moors to Ravenscar Mast and back by the ‘Cinder Path’ Catherine was delighted to receive the trophy and rosette from Liz Worthy of the CBHS.