Shetland ponies, like their larger Highland counterparts, made a welcome return to the show ring at LiveScot following a one-year absence, with a bigger and better entry of both standard and miniatures.

Topping the standard entry was Michael and Joy Barugh's Birchmoor Simone, North Aldbrough, which was back to claim the tri-colour following her breed win here in 2021. This five-year-old by Birchmoor Viceroy, out of Raeburn Spiggy is also a former champion at the North of England and junior champion at Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Royal Lancs Shows.

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John and Brenda Laing's Eynhallow Prism, a three-year-old stallion from the stud which is based at Eynhallow, Weston, secured the reserve. Champion at the Central Scotland pony show at Perth, he is by Harviestoon Drum which was bought as a two-year-old and bred from the show pony, Eynhallow Linny.

The Scottish Farmer: Michael and Joy Barugh's Birchmoor Simone stood Shetland championMichael and Joy Barugh's Birchmoor Simone stood Shetland champion

A strong line-up of miniatures was led by the veteran champion winner, Kerswell Merlot from Kirsty McKay's Alichbrae Shetland Pony Stud, West Craigvannie, Comrie. Her 12-year-old stallion which was bought as a six-month-old foal from Devon, boasts numerous champion awards including Dunblane in July and last year's Braco Show. His pedigree features Kerswell Morse and the mare, Kerswell Moonlight.

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Kerswell genetics were also behind the reserve foal and reserve supreme from Lisa Wilson, Rosebyres, Leys of Muckhart. Her home-bred best, Breckenlea Saphina, is chestnut filly bred from Gott Surrey and sired by Kerswell Bonanza.

Leading Awards

Standard Shetlands

Stallion or colt two years and over – 1, Eynhallow Shetland Pony Stud's Eynhallow Prism; 2, Amy McConville's Oldeworlde Vivaldi; 3, Amy McConville's Baldinnie Royal Vintage.

Two/three-year-old – 1, Mrs L Wilson's Cassindilly Miranda; 2, Mrs L Wilson's Cassindilly Rockefeller; 3, Amy McConville's Baldinnie Royal Valour.

Yearling – 1, Chesterwood Stud's Hools Sea Cheri; 2, J Watson's Mailand Charlotte; 3, Ellie Harkness' Dryfesdale Dallas.

Foal – 1, J Watson's Abbotsrule; 2, Mrs L Wilson's Cassindilly Denver; 3, Miss LM Wilson's Myreton Ginty

Mare – 1, MJ Barugh's Birchmoor Simone; 2, Miss LM Wilson's Birchmoor Delight; 3, J Watson's Hools Erin.

Gelding four years and over – 1, MJ Barugh's Felicity's Fredrico Booty.

Miniature Shetlands

Mare – 1, Miss LM Wilson's Lignite Island Breeze; 2, Alichbrae Shetland Ponies' Alichbrae Evie; 3, Ellie Harkness' Golden Tara's Talulah.

Stallion or gelding four-years and over – 1, Alichbrae Shetland Ponies' Kerswell Merlot.

Two/three-year-old – 1, Susan Cook's Jambarrie Luigi; 2, Chesterwood Stud's Chesterwood Vincent Noir.

Foal – 1, Miss LM Wilson's Breckenlea; 2, Alichbrae Shetland Ponies' Alichbrae Rockafella; 3, Susan Cook.

Young handlers – 1, Christie Wilson (9).