Circuit History – Caledonian Western Summer Show  

In 2012 when Debi Bell and Doreen Allison were competing at Fenland they had a conversation with Lindsay Robinson regarding the lack of Western Shows in Scotland and that was where the idea of the Caledonian Western Summer Show was born.

Lindsay, Debi and Doreen put a lot of work into getting the show established along with great support from a dedicated show team, generous sponsors and competitors. The show is now into its 5th year and going from strength to strength. Aqha kindly granted permission for the show to hold a clinic the day before the Novice show which gives participants an amazing opportunity to work on what the Judge is looking for.

The aim is to encourage new people to show in Aqha Level 1 classes, but still offer all breeds of horses to compete in western classes in a fabulous facility, in an informal, relaxed and fun way. The main show is held at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre in June of each year. It is a fantastic venue with 2 arenas and viewing gallery which seats 400. There is stabling for up to 100 horses and riders accommodation in the students block. There is a fabulous show team and a kiosk serving hot snacks and drinks.

On top of the show being welcoming and fun we are very fortunate to have some amazing Trophy’s and prizes on offer. There are 17 Trophy’s which include stunning Gill Parker plaques, Quaich’s and a Reining Trophy sponsored by Gabi Flad, 7 Wheel Ranch, Gainseville, Texas. A full list of all Trophy’s and sponsors are listed on the show schedule.

Competitor Feedback from the show :

My first taste of a western show – Joanna Thomson
Last June I took my younger horse to my first-ever western show, the Caledonian Western Summer Show, and we had a blast. I had gone to SNECC to watch my friends competing in 2015 and immediately wished I had a western saddle so I could take one of my ponies along next time.

Providence played into my hands and I was able to purchase, a few months later, a beautiful Elite tooled saddle – two other saddles had to go first! There followed lots of practicing and trying to understand the patterns – such a different approach from the dressage tests I had been more used to – and, as an added bonus, you could wear lovely embroidered shirts, chaps, a cowboy hat and boots, rather than the boring black jacket, jodhpurs and top boots! I decided not to go for sequins for my first outing…

The classes on the day were great fun, made a little less daunting by a change of venue due to a strangles scare, so it was a perfect small friendly show to get my confidence up. I need not have worried the other competitors were really lovely friendly people, the classes were challenging but enjoyable in way that I had never experienced before. I loved the trail classes in particular with the horsemanship classes a close second. The pre-clinic the day before paid enormous dividends, the tutor was lovely and very supportive and helpful.

To my utter amazement on that Sunday we came away with a first, a third and a fifth place, the Thistle classes are open to all breeds, so you don’t even need a quarter horse. My antisocial, grumpy little spotty highland mare was able to take part in a Western show and do reasonably well! I can’t wait for the next Caledonian Show in June…

Other feedback from riders:

“Big thank you to organisers and helpers at Caledonian Western Show. You all did a marvellous job. Thank you to all the competitors who turned up and supported the show. Well done to you all.”
“Had a great weekend, lots of help and support to make it all possible, fantastic effort from the show team to organise at very short notice!”
“Arrived home at midnight after a great clinic and show weekend. The Show Team were on fire and did the Herculean job of relocating and running the show brilliantly” Facebook page of the show group.