Medal in honour of Sport

Much-loved pony Sport
Much-loved pony Sport

A SPECIAL medal will be presented to the winner of this year’s 1514 Club Junior Cup in memory of a popular pony who passed away earlier this year, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The 14.2 grey pony, by the name of Sport, was used by many young Teries to learn to ride.

Originally stabled at Burnflat and owned by Etta White, he then moved to Greenbraehead, where he was again used as a riding school pony by Etta’s son Bruce.

In 1987 he was even ridden by that year’s Acting Father, the late Ian Armstrong.

Three years later he was bought by Donald McLeod for his son Greg, who learned to ride on Sport and would later go on to be Cornet ten years ago.

The horse was second in the Junior Cup in 1991 and third in 1992.

Sport finished with Vivien Nash, whose daughter Valerie Renwick had many years riding him.

Ex-Cornet McLeod told the Hawick News this week: “Sadly Sport passed away earlier this year at what was believed to be the grand old age of 36.”

In memory of Sport, Mrs Nash has kindly donated winner’s medals for the next 20 years.

Such is the calibre of entries for this year’s Junior Cup that judging will take place right up until Saturday. All top ponies must go to the paddock on the Moor where the winner will be announced.