News round-up / Pony show ‘huge success’, new Adenia launched, Bressay parkrun

Supreme champion pony Merkisayre Julian. (from left to right): Cheryl Jamieson of Glansin Glass, George Tait of Merkisayre Stud, Kate Hampton of Native Pony Bridles, handler Shannon Irvine, and Australian Pony Stud Book representative Kevin Twadell. Photo: Austin Taylor

THE 37th annual Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society Breed Show has been hailed a “huge success”.

The event was held at the Clickimin in Lerwick on Saturday in only its second visit to Shetland in the last decade.

The show was opened by Helen Thomson, who was piped onto the showfield in a horse drawn carriage.


Nearly 410 entries consisting of 301 ponies were received across the five rings, and there were exhibitors from as far afield as Gloucestershire.

Merkisayre Julian from Merkisayre Stud in Burra was crowned supreme champion and Beechnut of Berry from Bergli Stud in Walls received the reserve supreme honours.

THE NEW Adenia fishing boat was launched in Spain at the weekend.

The pelagic vessel was built at the Zamakona Yards in Pasaia.

She is due to be before heading to Shetland in August.

The 69.9m long RSW (refrigerated sea water) tank ship has a beam of 15.6m and is powered by a 5,400kW main engine and an RSW capacity of 2,200 cubic metres.


THE Bressay parkrun celebrated Lerwick Health Centre’s new status as an official ‘parkrun GP practice’ on Saturday as 71 participants flocked to the island to take part in the event.

Parkruns are free weekly 5km timed runs which are held around the world, with one taking place every Saturday in Bressay.

The Leirna ferry had to do a double run to get everyone to Bressay for the event.

Visitors came from Elgin, Glasgow, Kent, Dalkeith, Manchester, Brighton, Dublin, Derbyshire, Inverness and Singapore.

Bressay parkrun started in January 2018, with 1,076 participants having completed 3,404 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,020km so far. A total of 169 individuals have volunteered 1,187 times.