Morgan in the rosettes at horse shows

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Eleven-year-old Morgan Donald is having a remarkable run of victories at pony events at shows both local and further afield.

On Sunday, for example,at Stonehaven Riding Club Show, she won the overall championship, and had the best turned out pony.

The previous day, at Alyth Show, she won Champions BSPS Riding Pony and was Reserve Champion Veteran.

Other recent successes have included Overall Turnout Champion at Inchcoonans, Perthshire.

She was reserve Champion Veterans at Fife Show, at Cupar.

She has qualified several times over for the Olympia Regional s in Northumberland.

Morgan has five ponies, all kept at Conkies’ Stables, Barry. They are names Cee Cee, Rosie, Robin, Ziggy and Broust.

Indeed, it was at Conkies that Morgan recently won the Patsy Jumping Trophy.

She has been riding for only a year, but has an almost fanatical interest in the sport, with a clear ambition to go further in it.

She visits her ponies every day, and makes sure she rides each one.

She is a pupil at Borrowfield Primary School, and will attend Montrose Academy after the summer holiday.

Her mum and dad, Gail and Michael, encourage her in her hobby, and indeed Gail used to be a show jumper , as did her grandmother, Marion Ledingham.

Not only that, but Morgan’s big sister, Kerry (22), who used to be a keen rider, is turning back to the sport.

Morgan’s next outing will be at Fettercairn Show, then Kirriemuir and Perth.

Her mum paid tribute to her and said: “She’s a hard worker!”