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Whether you favourite tipple is eventing or showjumping, vaulting or polo, Scotland finally has the high-quality horsecentric magazine its equestrian community deserves...



Welcome to EQy 2016


Equestrian Year

hen we decided to launch an equestrian magazine dedicated to Scotland last year, we took a leap in the dark. But as someone who lives and breathes horses – as well as having designed Scottish Field for more years than I care to remember, I also own a livery, have half a dozen horses and compete at both showjumping and eventing – I had good reason to believe that our efforts would fall on fertile ground. And so it proved. Last year’s Equestrian Yearbook went down so well that we’ve decided to carry on and bring you issue 2, only this time it comes free with Scottish Field. Not that we had much choice. Many of my horsey friends have often spoken about their frustration that there is no magazine exclusively catering for the 200,000 Scots who think life is best lived on horseback – they left me in little doubt about how they would react if EQy failed to appear in 2016 after the success of our debut magazine. So here it is, and as ever we hope you love it as much as we do. We’ve tried to make it as lush and aesthetically beautiful as possible, and we’ve tried to give the boring stuff a sideswerve. Instead we hope that we’ve put together a thing of beauty with an equine soul, a conversation-piece that has something for everyone in Scotland’s equestrian orbit. But let us know what you think because we really want to know what you like and hear what you think could be improved. Let us know what you want in the glossiest Scottish equestrian magazine and we’ll do our best to give it to you. Happy reading!


Contributors Ian Stark

Always interesting and constantly innovating, we meet Scottish eventing’s most well-kent face for some highoctane chat about everything from eventing to hunting.

Lucy Alexander

Who thought it was a good idea to stick the recently injured, most successful female jumps jockey of all time on a polo pony? Yep, that’s right, we did – with surprising results.

Clive Russell

The Fifer and Game of Thrones actor came late to riding, but is making up for lost time by charging over St Andrews’ West Sands and scaring the tourists, especially for EQy.


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Contents Cover pic: Clive Russell and Cal Flyn riding on the beach at St Andrews.

10 IN THE FRAME Exclusive pictures of the most characterful equines in the country

52 SIBLING RIVALRY Pony racers Tara and Elliot Stockwell live life in the fast lane

26 BLAZING SADDLES Behind-thescenes with Game of Thrones actor Clive Russell

58 A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT Life is all go for pony club veteran Jane Cepok

30 FROM CHASER TO CHUKKA Find out what happened when jump jockey Lucy Alexander tried her hand at Polo

60 BEST FOOT FORWARD Variety is the spice of life for showjumper Kirsty Aird

36 LEAP OF FAITH Showjumper James Smith has set up on his own 42 A LIFE DEDICATED TO SHOWJUMPING Willie Sheret MBE looks back on his extraordinary life 44 FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH Six of Scotland’s top trainers tell all to EQy 50 MY LIFE AS A VET Orthopaedic equine vet Andy McDiarmid is in high demand


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66 BUYER BEWARE A brief history of dodgy dealers 70 TWO’S COMPANY Our favourite horsey selfies from EQy readers


FLYING SCOTMAN A glimpse into the life of equestrian legend Ian Stark

74 DRESSAGE TO IMPRESS EQy caught up with Katherine Tullie, just back from dressage camp 80 MISS MOTIVATOR Para equestrienne Cate Walker dreams of Paralympic glory 84 THE NEXT GENERATION Scotland’s upcoming equestrian stars of the future 2016

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16 Also inside 06 HOOF BEAT News from the world of Scottish equestrianism 83 ONLY THE BEST EQy’s favourite new kit 88 EQY DIRECTORY The top trainers, livery yards and events in Scotland this year


100 EQUESTIAN CENTRES Ten of the best equestrian centres in Scotland

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110 SOCIAL SCENE Our candid camera

EDITORIAL AND DESIGN Editor: Richard Bath Creative & Commissioning Editor: Heddy Forrest Photographer: Angus Blackburn Staff Writers: Hermione ListerKaye, Cal Flyn, Morag Bootland, Melanie Scott Artworker: Amanda Richardson Production Controller: Madeleine Smith Contact: editor@; Tel: 0131 551 1000; www.eqymagazine. PUBLISHING Publisher: Alister Bennett, Scottish Field, Fettes Park, 496 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH5 2DL

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Hoof beat Horseshoe hero

A sculpture to honour the achievements of showjumper Scott Brash is to be erected in his home town of Peebles. Plans for a three-metre high statue made from recycled horseshoes and depicting a horse and rider jumping a five-bar gate have been approved by Scottish Borders Council. Margaret Wightman, the secretary of Bonnie Peebles, the community group that applied for permission to erect the statue, said that the community’s recognition of Brash’s achievements on the world stage were ‘long overdue’. ‘He has achieved fantastic things and it’s about time they were recognised and really celebrated,’ she said. ‘Everyone in Peebles is so proud and I think the community will get behind this and welcome it 100 per cent.’ Bonnie Peebles is offering people the chance to sponsor a shoe in the statue for £5. Everyone who sponsors a shoe or makes a donation will have their name added to a time capsule to be buried under the sculpture. Donations can be made via Paypal to

Golden opportunity

The Golden Hoof Ride (Scotland) is a weekend for fans of long-distance riding and carriage driving in Kingussie. A short ride on Friday 17 June will finish up at Highland Horse Fun and will be followed by two days with meals at the stables, pony games and a ceilidh. For more information call Ruaridh Ormiston on 07831 338012 or email

Rule review British Eventing rules relating to the cross country requirements for protective headwear have been reviewed. The changes specifically relate to the wording in rule 7.2.3 ‘having no peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front’. British Eventing has sought independent expert advice and it was concluded that a small ‘protuberance’ that is smooth and rounded in nature would pose no additional safety risk. 6

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Dead Slow campaign launches

Over 60% of incidents involving horses on the roads happen between 10am and 3pm, with most occurring in June, new statistics from The British Horse Society (BHS) reveal. The statistics are disclosed as the charity announces the launch of a campaign urging drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road. In the five years since the launch of its horse accidents website, over 2,000 reports of road incidents involving horses have been reported to the charity. Of these, 36 caused rider deaths and 181 resulted in a horse dying from their injuries or being put to sleep; 75% of accidents happened because the vehicle passed the horse without allowing enough space. The majority of incidents happened on a minor road in a rural area. The launch of the campaign, Dead Slow, follows a number of high-profile petitions calling for greater protection for horse and rider on the roads following the injury of horse carriage master Mark Evans and the death of his horse Wil, who was hit by a car in Wales last month as he pulled a funeral cortege.


Eastern BMW sponsor schools Championships On April 26th Highfield at Howe welcomed over 90 girls from 15 schools for the Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships, sponsored by Eastern BMW. The day consisted of four classes in dressage and showjumping. Strathallan came out victorious in the 60cm under 12s and 80cm under 14s showjumping, Perth High took the winning ribbons in dressage and hosts Kilgraston won combined training. 2016

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Clear winner Willie Sheret MBE has been involved in showjumping for 73 years. He has competed against the best in the world and trained horses that have jumped at the Olympics. In his new book, Keep Going Clear!, Sheret shares a wealth of horsemanship knowledge. Keep Going Clear! A Guide to Better Showjumping, £20, EQy readers will get £5 off when they quote code EQY2016 7

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New sponsor for Blair Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair has announced a new headline sponsor for this year’s event which will take place on 25–28 August at Atholl Estates in Highland Perthshire. Equi-trek is the largest producer of horseboxes and trailers in the UK, and the only British company to manufacture a complete range of horse transport – from lightweight trailer to 12 horse lorries. ‘Blair is a fantastic event in a breathtaking setting that we and our dealerships across Scotland love attending each year,’ said Tom Janion, managing director of Equi-Trek ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting it in the capacity of title sponsors’. ‘This is great news for all of us involved in the running of Blair Castle International,’ added event director Alec Lochore. ‘We have worked closely with Equi-Trek for a number of years and to have this increased support is very rewarding. It is a partnership which I hope will continue to develop in the future.’; 8

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Join the coaches register horsescotland have launched a Scottish specific register of coaches in all equestrian disciplines. Riders can search by qualification, level, region, special interest or coaching environment. To view the register, visit 2016

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Ian Stark

‘The indoor school is incredibly popular. We wanted it to be our legacy to the area’


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Olympian eventer

Flying Scotsman Speed is of the essence for equestrian legend Ian Stark, whether he is on horseback, flying a jet or skiing BY CAL FLYN IMAGES ANGUS BLACKBURN


ive-time Olympian, former European champion, three-time Badminton winner: Ian Stark is an equestrian legend. So it is somewhat surprising to find myself visiting his bedside in Borders General Hospital, clutching a box of grapes. ‘Sorry,’ he says, by way of a greeting. ‘Do you mind?’ He gestures at a trailing leg – bare under his hospital gown, except for a pair of pressure socks – so I lean over and hoik it onto the bed. It is a different sort of way to meet your sporting hero. A few days previously, Ian, now 62, had fractured both his left foot and one of the vertebrae in his lower

back after a nasty fall; a young horse he was training reared up, he says, past ‘the point of no return’, and fell over backwards. The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital. He cracks a grin. ‘My wife Jenny tells me that I owe the paramedics an apology. Apparently they are more used to getting attitude like that on a Friday night in the town centre.’ As well as the fractures, he suffered a concussion and a haematoma in his abdomen. ‘I have,’ he confides, waving airily towards his groin, ‘some very black bits.’ Still, despite these latest additions 2016

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Showing Olympian & showjumping eventer

to a long list of past injuries, his enthusiasm for getting back in the saddle is undimmed. The consultants have asked him to stay earthbound for at least six weeks (I think they’d love to ground him indefinitely) but after only four days he is already itching to be out walking cross-country courses, and has even floated the idea of competing in the open intermediate at Floors Castle in less than a month’s time. A nurse, who has dropped by to take his blood pressure, erupts into peals of laughter and backs away, shaking her head. Ian joins in: ‘They can’t wait to get me out of here,’ he laughs. Although he has ostensibly retired as an event rider, an injury like this still causes problems. Since stepping back from the competition circuit in 2007, he has carved out a highflying career in course design, with three-star courses for Chatsworth, Bramham and Tattersalls under his belt, as well as last year’s course for the European Championship at Blair Castle. Tomorrow he is supposed to

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be positioning fences at Chatsworth: obviously that’s out. Ian has a reputation among riders as a creator of big, fast, terrifying tracks that put the emphasis on scope and speed, harking back to his roots in point-to-point and hunting. This was a conscious decision, he says. ‘I didn’t like the way the sport was going, turning into what I’d call an arena event. The courses were twisty and turny; horses doubling back, circling. It’s not necessarily the attitude I want them to have. My approach was to try and get some of the old-fashioned, big, 2016

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scary Badminton-style courses, you know – from the 1980s – and have it much more attacking, but also to bring in a little of the technical, the skinnies and that sort of thing, too.’ The work is satisfying but nerveracking. ‘I always talk about that Saturday-morning stomach feeling when you’re competing; when you get up on Saturday and you’re just in knots. It gets worse and worse and worse, and then you get on a horse and it goes away. ‘Well, when you’re designing, it gets worse and worse, and you haven’t got a horse to get onto, so it doesn’t go away. If your first half-dozen riders have problems, you’re just tearing your hair out. Then, of course, someone comes along inside the time and goes clear and you think: “Ah! It is possible!”’ He made it onto the shortlist of designers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but was disappointed not to get the gig, which went to Derek di Grazia, the Kentucky CCI4* designer. ‘As my daughter was helping me fill in the forms I said, “I think we’re pricing ourselves out of the market.” To go all the way to Tokyo – that’s three or four visits a year, for four years. And as I’m getting a bit old and fuddy-duddy I like to turn left on the plane, not right.’ Business-class flights to Tokyo add up quickly. He nods. ‘Yeah, I was annoyed not to get it, but I wasn’t too concerned. Without being rude, the Olympics are a three-star event, and I’d much rather hang around and maybe get Badminton or Burghley one day. But’ – he opens his hands wide – ‘if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world. I’m loving what I’m doing. ‘I’ve got my designing, I’ve got my racing, I’ve got my BBC commentating, and we’ve got our equestrian centre at home. So I’ve got a real variety, which is very spoiling.’ The Ian Stark Equestrian Centre outside Selkirk opened in 2013. It’s a


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family affair, run largely by his wife Jenny, but staffed too by his son Tim and daughter Stephanie on occasion. It’s effectively a continuation of the riding school business that Jenny had run from her late sister’s farm over the hill at Dryden, but with top-of-therange facilities including a competitionsize indoor arena, outdoor manège and practice cross-country course. It has made a difference to young Scottish riders who struggle to get enough competition experience close to home, and provides a base at which lots of top riders can teach. ‘I did think for a while when we built the indoor school it might turn out to be the world’s most expensive cattle barn, but it’s incredibly popular and that’s what we wanted. We wanted it to be our legacy to the area.’ Ian teaches when he can, although it’s hard to squeeze it in around course designing and the time he devotes to horse-racing: between 35 and 40 days’ stewarding a year, plus trips to London to sit on the sport’s disciplinary panel. He has always loved racing and even when eventing tended to opt 2016

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Career highlights

‘I’ve been quite lucky. I mean, yeah, I’ve broken my neck and lots of bones…’


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for thoroughbreds. ‘I bought some at Doncaster bloodstock sales for threeand four-year-olds, or store horses that were unbroken.’ He selected them based on a sort of intuition, rejecting some in seconds, ‘as soon as they looked out over their stable door’. Similarly, when he spotted Full Circle II, his last four-star horse, across a crowded collecting ring, he knew he had to have him. Speed is of the essence in everything he does. ‘When I started flying, I was very lucky to go down to RAF Anglesey where a friend of mine who was an instructor there got me a flight in a Hawk. I did a day’s training and then I went up in the Hawk, and I managed to do backward flips, rotationals at 500mph, 500ft off the ground…’ It all sounds very dangerous to me, as does his extreme skiing habit. ‘I have had a lot of injuries but, touch wood, I’ve been quite lucky. I mean, yeah, I broke my neck and I’ve broken lots of bones, but my big fear has never been dying, it’s of being left incapable. I tease my wife – what she’s got to do when I meet my parallels, as they say. She says, “Well, how can I help?” And I say, “Just push me off a cliff!”’ Let’s hope it never comes to that.

1 At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Ian rode Oxford Blue, winning silver for Team eventing. 2 In 1985, he won a Team gold at the European Championships at Burghley. 3 Gold again in Team eventing at the 1986 World Championships. He also had the first of three Badminton Horse Trials wins this year, riding Sir Wattie. 4 At the Seoul Games of 1988, Ian picked up two silver medals; he won again at Badminton on Sir Wattie; he also came second on Glenburnie – a still-unmatched achievement. 5 Ian was made an MBE for services to equestrianism in 1989, as well as picking up another gold medal at the European Championships for Team eventing.



In 2015, Ian designed the cross-country course for the European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle




6 In 1991, he won two golds in the European Eventing Championships. 7 Ian won Badminton for the third time in 1999 with Jaybee. 8 He was made an OBE in 2000, and picked up Team silver at the Olympics. 9 From 2001 to 2012, Ian was a selector for the British team. 10 In 2005, Ian started designing cross-country courses, and now designs throughout Britain, Ireland and the US. 2016

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Clive Russell

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Blazing saddles

Game of Thrones actor Clive Russell climbs into the hot seat with a behind-the-scenes look at learning to ride for a role BY CAL FLYN IMAGES ANGUS BLACKBURN


earning to ride in his fifties has brought Clive Russell, the Fifebased Game of Thrones actor, a wealth of opportunities. After training in horsemanship for a part in the 1999 film The 13th Warrior – in which he played Norseman Helfdane alongside Antonio Banderas – his roles have repeatedly demanded that he take to the saddle, most recently for a yet-to-be-screened episode of the cult American TV series Outlander. He is, he warns me before we meet up for a hack along the beach at West Sands at St Andrews, still very much a beginner, albeit a keen one. ‘I love the whole experience,’ he says. Yet, when we come to mount up behind the dunes, he springs nimbly into the saddle from the ground.


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‘My first lessons were on a 20-hand Shire horse,’ he explains. Much of The 13th Warrior humour revolved around Clive and his co-stars towering over Banderas, who stands at 5ft 8in to Clive’s 6ft 6in. So, with the Spaniard riding a dainty Arab mount, a big horse for Russell was a must. ‘At first I needed a block and a leg-up, but by the end of training I was getting on from the ground – dressed in 30lb of armour and a helmet and carrying a sword.’ Learning to ride can be a nerveracking process at the best of times, but when your job depends on it, it must add an entirely new level of danger to the whole experience. At the three-week pre-production boot camp in Canada, each actor was paired up with a local wrangler. ‘Have you read any Cormac McCarthy? These ranchers 2016

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were real men. They had made their living in rodeos, were all wearing belt buckles reading ‘World champion, Calgary, 1982’ and so on. They had the power of speech, but they chose not to use it.’ He was on horseback again for the 2001 TV series The Mists of Avalon, starring Anjelica Huston. ‘It was an entirely different experience. We were filming in Prague, riding highly bred Andalusians. In one scene we had to pull up in front of the camera and draw our swords as the horses reared up, then rush off as 200 men came running in behind us. There could be no messing up.’ The Andalusians were entirely different to the big friendly giant he had learnt on, he explains. ‘They are small in comparison, and very sensitive. It took a long time to get accustomed to their style of riding. In Canada, we’d been told to “kick ’em up” to get moving, but now it was more like a squeeze, the strength of a handshake.’ One actor didn’t like being told what to do, Clive recalls, and kicked his horse on hard while filming a sequence outside a castle. ‘Of course, the horse took it as a signal to gallop off and did 28

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so – but with the actor hanging around his neck screaming. He was terrified the horse would jump the moat.’ Big horses, beginner riders, all the pressures of a film set; it sounds like a recipe for disaster. And Clive has plenty of other behind-the-scenes white-knuckle stories – including one that involves a well-known actor being run away with through a forest, returning with his face whipped raw by low-hanging branches; and another of riding through bear country (‘The horses sense them and suddenly race sideways to get away’). But, he says, such excitements are par for the 2016

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course. ‘If you don’t want to fall off, don’t get on a horse.’ Experts are brought in to advise the actors and film crews. Clive recalls working in Bulgaria with ‘a Romanian horse whisperer, a disciple of Monty Roberts’, who did much of the precision riding. ‘There’s a lot of skill in keeping a horse active on camera – standing in the right spot, but shifting back and forth constantly, so it doesn’t look like a “dead horse” with dull eyes and a sleepy look.’ These details are beyond the ability of many actors still struggling with the basics, but make all the difference on screen. In acting, a varied skillset can certainly help when it comes to landing interesting roles. These days, Clive points out, ‘a lot of young actors come from rich backgrounds. They tend to be able to ride and they can list it among their skills on their CV.’ For other roles he has learnt to ice-skate, to handle and dismantle a gun, and to paint – or at least to hold a

‘If you don’t want to fall off, don’t get on a horse’

paintbrush and approach the canvas like an artist, a harder task than one might think. But it is riding that has sparked a passion. Colleagues have caught the bug too – his friend Nicholas Pinnock, the British actor, now rides weekly at a stables near London and regularly proclaims his love for horses on Twitter and Instagram. ‘If I didn’t spend so much time playing golf, I would consider getting my own horse,’ Clive says. But the game takes up most of his weekends: he plays competitively and has an admirable handicap of five. He also spends a lot of time walking his two dogs on the beach close to the home he shares with his wife in the East Neuk of Fife. Clive has been back on our screens in recent weeks as series six of Game of Thrones airs in the UK. And there is more in the pipeline: when we meet, he has just finished filming the last of the Victorian-era detective series set in London’s East End, Ripper Street – ‘Very sad, after five years of working together, you know people so well they are like family’ – and an American film with old friend Brian Cox in the lead. So what’s next? ‘I have no idea.’ he laughs. He has no work booked in, but this is causing him little concern. A bit of time off after a very busy few months is welcome, he explains. Plus, he has always enjoyed the periods of uncertainty that punctuate an acting career. ‘The majority of people with “proper” lives find this terrifying,’ he says, ‘but I honestly don’t want to know what’s next. I never have done.’ Fingers crossed, his next role will have him on horseback once again. 2016

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Lucy Alexander

FROM CHASER TO CHUKKA what happened when top jump jockey lucy alexander tried polo in perth? BY HERMIONE LISTER-KAYE IMAGES ANGUS BLACKBURN


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‘Lucy takes another full swing and clobbers Woody over the head’


pproaching Thom Bell’s yard, we see that Lucy Alexander is already here. Scotland’s first and only female professional jump jockey stands facing us with her arms crossed, looking distinctly cold and wet. Lucy’s family have bred, trained and raced thoroughbreds for more than 50 years. There are very few female jump jockeys out there and Lucy has experienced great success in her career. But, today, we thought it might be fun to make this racing champion play polo for the very first time. As Lucy steps into the caged pit and mounts the wooden practice horse, affectionately nicknamed ‘Woody’ by Thom’s students, she looks a little uneasy. ‘Hold out your hand like you’re asking your for dad for money!’ says Thom. Lucy instinctively holds out her right hand, palm facing up. Thom smiles: ‘All the girls know how to do that!’ He has a knack for lightening the mood, bombarding us with unprintable innuendos (there is a lot of talk about handling the stick). Watching Lucy closely, I’m not sure she really appreciates this sort of humour. He hands her a polo stick. It is much


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cage. ‘I usually only teach this shot on the fourth lesson, so that says something about how she’s doing!’ he replies, showing Lucy how to swing from the other side of the pony, a much harder shot – a sort of back-hand swing. ‘Like that?’ says Lucy, hitting the ball

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up into the wire cage. Thom grins: ‘Yes, very “like that”!’ Now it’s time for Lucy to get on a real pony. Fit and agile, they must be able to stop suddenly or turn at a moment’s notice, so they need to be obedient and incredibly well trained. The tack is very different to the minimal gear Lucy is used to in racing. In polo there is much more safety kit – breast girths and standing martingales, double reins and pelhams, feet and tail bandaged up. The commands are all different too. Polo ponies take command from the pressure of the reins on their neck, riders hold the reins in their left hand and move from left to right to turn the horse, all while standing in the saddle. This is completely alien to Lucy and she is visibly uncomfortable. She wobbles at first. ‘This feels very strange,’ she admits. ‘I’ve never held the reins like this before, and I’m not used to balancing with long stirrups.’ Thom’s nine-year-old daughter Ophelia is star-struck by Lucy. ‘I think there is a bit of hero-worship going on here,’ confides Thom, as Ophelia shortens her stirrups like a jockey and gallops around us, trying to catch the attention of the racing champion. 33

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But Lucy’s concentration is elsewhere. After a lifetime of training to be a jockey, she is struggling to find her balance. I’m a bit worried we might be ruining her racing technique – I hope she forgets everything she has learned today. As we practise in the school, Thom’s groom, Gonzalo, tacks up the other horses and gets them in the box to go down to Errol Park for a few chukkas. There, we are met by St Andrews students Hannah, Jonathan and Vicky. The field is very green, with immaculately mown stripes. Lucy looks cold and apprehensive as she and Thom go out on the field to practise. From the sidelines I can hear Thom

shouting, ‘Excellent, Lucy!’ over the howling wind, as they hit the ball back and forth. She stands out from the others, riding the only grey, and wearing blue breeches and a baggy blue race jacket. She still looks like a jockey. Afterwards, Lucy tells me: ‘It’s such a completely different style of riding. I’ve always been told to keep my hands down, and now I’m being told to keep them up!’ But Thom is impressed. ‘She takes direction very well,’ he says. ‘She listens and does it and, though she slipped back into old ways a few times, when I told her to get her hands up she listened and did it. That’s why she’s a good jockey: she listens to her trainers.’ 2016

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Setting up on his own was a daunting prospect for Kirkcudbright showjumper James Smith, but he is rising to the challenge BY MELANIE SCOTT IMAGES ANGUS BLACKBURN


ames Smith rose to prominance as one of Britain’s best pony riders, winning two team European pony gold medals and individual bronze. Now 24, he is still working hard, and still winning prizes. James started riding at the age of five, encouraged by his mother, Lee Smith, and his grandfather, Charlie McKerlie. He was a consistent figure in the junior showjumping circuit, and the 128cm Sligo Lucky gave him a first taste of success when jumping on Scottish teams, finishing third at 2016

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the Horse of the Year Show. Fountain Ranger was a stalwart of Scottish teams and another big winner, claiming the Horse of the Year Show 138cm cham­ pionship, the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead and at Scope Festival. Mr Nice Guy had been quietly produced up the grades of the Scottish circuit before James took over the ride. Their two­year partnership saw them cement themselves in the top British 148cms. They proved a winning combination, catching the eye of selectors to represent Great Britain at two European Championships, winning team gold and individual bronze at Freudenberg in Germany in 2007, and team gold at Avenches, Switzerland, in 2008. ‘I got him as a nine­year­old and he needed confidence in the rider, but he really tried and was very careful,’ remembers James. While James was in his last year of ponies, he started riding a young grey mare with whom he still competes today. ‘I’ve had Cumina for 10 years now,’ he says. ‘She’s only 15.2 hands, but is such a trier and always gives 100%. She’s rather grumpy, very spoiled and definitely the boss on the yard, but she deserves to be.’ After finishing with ponies, James spent 18 months working for Yorkshire showjumper Paul Barker, before deciding to return home to Kirkcudbright and set up on his own. It was a daunting move initially as James lacked horsepower and owners,

but with one owner and good results with Gibside Smokey Joe, he attracted several new owners and, ultimately, new rides. ‘I’m extremely lucky at the moment to have lots of owners and up to 20 horses to compete on. The younger, less­experienced horses are not all based with me permanently, although I am always trying to find more horses for the bigger shows,’ he says. Last year, James gained enough points in the FEI rankings list to be eligible to compete in his first four-star show, Bolesworth International CSI4*, followed by the Liverpool International Horse Show where his top horses were on form. ‘Cumina won the Bolesworth CSI4* 1.35m final,’ he says. ‘She is a naturally quick horse who turns well. She has always been a winner for me – she genuinely tries, doesn’t waste time and has a big heart.’ Tyson Uno, co­owned with Danielle Greer, finished third in their

‘I take inspiration from Scott Brash, who has proved that if you work hard enough and want something enough then it really is possible’ first puissance at Liverpool. James describes 10­year­old Tyson as his best horse. ‘He was sent to me as a fiveyear­old by his owner and I bought a share in him,’ he explains. ‘He’s very scopey and is versatile, with results at four­star level. He won a six­bar competition in France last year. ‘It’s great to have two shows of this calibre in Britain and gives young riders like myself the opportunity to compete at a higher level. It would be good to get more prize money at shows – it seems to be only entry fees and expenses that go up, which is why people are going to more shows in Europe.’ James escaped the Scottish spring with six weeks of competing in Spain at Mijas and at Hardelot. He took five horses out to compete, including Cumina and Tyson, as well as several 2016

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younger up-and-coming horses to allow them to gain the experience of staying away and of jumping good courses. ‘Last year we did two months in spring at Mijas and six weeks in autumn at Vilamoura. It’s not worth going all that way for any less than a month,’ he says. ‘It’s a good way for the horses to get jumping regularly in advance of the season starting properly at home. It gets the horses out competing in world-ranking classes and hopefully accumulating points to move higher up the rankings, which allows me to get into bigger and better shows. ‘Cumina won several 1.40m classes, and Tyson, at his first show since Liverpool, won a grand prix.’ James also took out the young horses At First d’Authuit and Theoreme du Desir and was pleased with both, saying they jumped well. Theoreme du Desir jumped his first grand prix class. Last year James decided to try embryo transfer from Cumina with the grand prix showjumping stallion Je

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Top: James with two of his best horses, 10-year-old tyson Uno (left) and 14-year-old CUmina.

T’Aime Flamenco. The result was a chestnut filly foal, which was born in April to a surrogate mare. ‘It’s very exciting, and I’ll look to use another stallion next year,’ James says. His grandfather has a home-bred sevenyear-old called Just Max that he reckons will be one to watch in the future. At home, he helps out with his parents’ business, James Smith Fencing, whenever he can. Facilities include a large barn with wash bay, solarium, 14 stables and an indoor horse walker. There’s also a large outdoor all-weather arena and lots of good hacking routes nearby. ‘It’s great for fitness and keeps the horses fresh as well,’ he says. ‘I don’t like to over-jump at home. Once the horses are up and going, it’s a matter of keeping them fit and giving them variety. I also like the horses to be turned too.’ This year, the young rider is keen to progress up the ranking list to gain entry into bigger shows. With the support of sponsors such as Mitchell Moor, Equissage, Myoplast, Spillers and NAF, he has a busy schedule ahead with Balmoral, Bolesworth, the Royal Highland Show, Great Yorkshire and British Masters planned over the next few months, and is hopeful of catching the selectors’ eye for a senior nations cup team. ‘I just feel so very fortunate that I am able to do a job I love,’ he says. ‘Grandpa and my parents have been influential, and I take inspiration from Scott Brash, who has proved that if you work hard enough and want something enough then it really is possible.’ 2016

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Willie Sheret MBE

Images: Willie Sheret WaS made an mBe in 2005 for ServiceS to ShoWjumping.

WILLIE SHERET WAS BORN in Glasgow’s East End in 1928. His father delivered coal with a horse-drawn cart. ‘I can still vaguely remember those horses – I was fascinated by them,’ recalls Sheret. It is estimated that there were one million horses in Glasgow at the turn of the century. Sheret caught the end of this extraordinary period of heavy industry, just before working horses were replaced by machinery. In 1947, Sheret joined the British Army, an experience he remembers with great fondness. While stationed in Berlin, he was asked by his commanding officer which sports he liked. Sheret responded, ‘Showjumping.’ Soon after, he was given charge of the stables in Glockenturm. ‘It was just a good-luck story for me,’ he recalls. The French troops in Berlin organised a horse show and Sheret was asked to compete. To everyone’s shock and delight, he won. ‘It was fantastic, especially as a few weeks later we held our own show and I won that too. Nothing could touch me that day.’ Shortly after, German showjumping world champion Otto Klitski came to the British Army stables to ask if he could ride the winning horse. ‘He got on and in the space of two minutes he showed me,


without speaking, that I knew nothing. He was a wonderful horseman,’ remembers Sheret. ‘After that, we were like father and son; I wanted to learn and he wanted to teach me.’ When Sheret left Berlin, he shook Otto’s hand and never saw him again. ‘There are many sad things in life and this was one for me,’ he says, ‘but he left his legacy with me.’ Sheret’s showjumping career continued, the pinnacle being his triumph at the Horse of the Year Show in 1975, when he won the Foxhunter Championship on St Corry. In 2005 Sheret was made an MBE for his services to showjumping. ‘It was the most extraordinary honour for an ordinary guy like me,’ he says. ‘And it was great because I could share it with my family.’ Sheret attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace with his son David, daughter Diane and his late wife Marjory. ‘I can remember the guy telling me to call the Queen Ma’am, not Mum!’ he says. ‘I have never been so nervous in my life, but she was wonderful.’ Of all the horses Sheret has trained, the one he remembers most fondly is Trevarrion. ‘She was a rogue horse that became a champion,’ he says. Trevarrion was sold to Lady Aileen Ross and went on to become an International champion, ridden later by Malcolm Pyrah in the British team. Looking back on the golden age of showjumping, Sheret has great admiration for Harvey Smith. ‘He was a country lad who had a go and nothing bothered him. He just enjoyed himself.’ Today, Sheret mentions Scott Brash as one rider he loves to watch perform. He studied Brash when he was a youngster riding his ponies at shows across Scotland and saw it in him then. ‘You can tell he has just got it,’ he says. Sheret has coached his whole adult life and takes great pride in his students, whether they’re youngsters starting out or Olympic competitors. ‘I can honestly say I get more from teaching than from competing – and I loved competing. To see a young kid jump a cross pole for the first time is still a thrill,’ he says. ‘Horses are my job, my hobby, my pleasure and everything that I wanted to do in my life.’ Now living in Aberdeenshire with his son David and two terriers, Jax and Corry, Sheret continues to do what he loves and is still training at the age of 87.

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THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN EQY speaks to some of Scotland’s leading trainers to celebrate their greatest achievements – and reflect on some of their most embarrassing moments. Find out who showed up to coach in stilettos and who couldn’t be torn away from her rocking horse as a child…


Right: Aileen CrAig And Ayrton.

Showjumper Aileen has ranked in the top three riders in Scotland for more than nine years, and won BSJ Coach of the Year in 2014. What sparked your interest in horses? I was born into a horsey family. My mum ran a riding school, and my dad did a bit of buying and selling and horse transport, which he still does to this day. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? From a young age, my parents always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do if I put my mind to it. As a result, I have a ‘never give up’ attitude. What has been the highlight of your coaching career so far? Winning the British Show Jumping Coach of the Year in 2014. It was a shock to be nominated, but to actually win was unbelievable. What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? I work as a PA for a forensic investigation firm, as well as coaching and riding. Before that, I applied to university to do either ac-


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countancy or primary school teaching. I was clearly indecisive. If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? I like the bluntness of George Morris, so I’d love to train with him. I was lucky enough to be part of British Show Jumping’s Excel Talent Coaching Programme and this gave me the chance to work with some great coaches. What is your most embarrassing moment coaching? I once turned up to coaching and realised I had forgotten my boots, so had to wear my breeches with high heels from the office. What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? I absolutely love helping people to achieve their goals, whether that is a huge grin at the end of the session, or the text when they have qualified for the Horse of the Year Show. It doesn’t matter what level it is, I get so much satisfaction from being involved. I get more nervous when my pupils are in the ring than if I were doing it myself.

The worst thing is the rain. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘Vogue’, after my first horse. My dad bought him when I was 14. He was an ex-racehorse and I loved him to pieces. We had great success together and he was an unbelievable character with the heart of a lion and an amazing will to win. He was my best friend and is the reason I am where I am today. I can think of nothing more fitting than naming my autobiography after him. What is your best piece of advice for riders? ‘Believe in yourself’. With showjumping, as with most things in life, it is very much a mind game. So much of your success or failure comes down to what goes on in your head. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would that be? My initial answer to this question was Scott Brash, but my partner Trevor says I should be Bill Gates… Who was your equestrian mentor? I would say a big influence in my equestrian career and a great mentor for me has been Sandra Low Mitchell. She also did the Excel Talent Coaching Programme last year and we worked well together on that – I would say probably mentoring each other in part. What ambition would you still like to fulfil? I would love to build my own yard and training facility with gym and equine rehab facility. I would also love to jump on a senior Nations Cup team. Left: Jo Barry, who has won 13 national titles, is pictured here with ViValdi V and corchapin.

‘It’s great to help people at all levels and on all types of horses, not just dressage horses’


Jo is a national dressage rider from Edinburgh. While training to obtain her own goal of reaching International level, she coaches and tutors dressage across Scotland and northern England. What sparked your interest in horses? I owe my love of horses to my mum. She took me to the local riding school – I cried when I had to leave. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? To have patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day. What has been the highlight of your coaching career so far?

Enabling people to have that ‘lightbulb moment’, the one when they realise how wonderful dressage is. What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? I was all ready to go to university to do a degree in Equine Science before I was offered my dream job with Carl Hester. If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? I already train with Carl Hester, who I consider to be the best in the world. But someone on my wish list would be 2016

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Les smith with CaroLine PoweLL riding onwards and UPwards at Badminton in 2014. Below: martin arnott on Casino royaL Xi.

Ulla Salzgeber. continued overleaf What is your most embarrassing moment coaching? Fortunately, I have not had any yet! What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? It’s great to help people at all levels, but there is never enough time to do all you want in a session. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘Never Give Up… Make it Happen’. What is your best piece of advice for riders? Listen to your horse, show them what to do and then allow them to do it. Think of riding as a conversation between the two of you. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would that be? I can’t think of anyone I’d like to swap places with. But a day off would be really nice! Who was your equestrian mentor? Carl Hester. What ambition would you still like to fulfil? To train a horse to International level and ride at the Grand Prix.


The equine general manager at Ingliston Country Club, Martin had great success in eventing until he reached the age of 32, when he decided to switch disciplines to pursue showjumping. What sparked your interest in horses? My mother and father moved from Edinburgh city centre to the countryside. At that time Dalmahoy horse tracks were just across the road from us and we often visited as a family. If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? The American showjumper George Morris.


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Les has been involved with eventing for more than three decades and has competed up to CCI4* level. He is a BE accredited coach, an FEI International Event judge and a British Dressage List 2 judge. What sparked your interest in horses? I first became interested in horses and eventing through Jenny Stark’s parents when I was ten. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Believe in yourself and go for it. What’s been the highlight of your coaching career so far? It would most definitely be my small part in Caroline Powell and Lenamore’s success. What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? At my age I should be retired and pottering about in the garden! If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? I was lucky enough to train at Yorkshire Riding Centre 40 years ago and it would still be Christopher Bartle, for whom I have enormous respect. What is your most embarras­ sing moment coaching? I once asked someone to come and do the next exercise at a jumping clinic, but they were walking out of the arena. She did not want to jump the fillers. What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? Working with some great people and horses. I still haven’t found anything bad about it, except perhaps standing about in the freezing cold. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘If you want it, go get it’.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Never regret starting in a competition, only regret not starting in a competition. What has been the highlight of your coaching career so far? I take the same pleasure watching a nervous child jumping their first 40cm cross pole as I do watching some of the athletes that I help with their top-level success. What is your most embarrassing moment coaching? As a young coach, I can remember training one day in the pouring rain. I started to get some strange looks… and then I remembered with horror that the night before my sister had been experimenting on me with her hair dyes. I wiped the side of my face I realised the dye had run down it. What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? The best thing is helping people to realise their dreams, whatever they may be. The worst thing is the travelling that involved in being a freelance coach. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘Living the dream’. 2016

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‘Grab every opportunity you are offered. Try to learn from watching the best’ ERIK MACKECHNIE

Erik is a Podium Potential para-equestrian dressage coach and has been involved with para-equestrian dressage since the run-up to the 2000 Paralympic Games. What sparked your interest in horses? Maureen, my sister, started riding at a local trekking centre and I wanted to have a go too. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? The only person who can be better at being you is you. What has been the highlight of your coaching career so far? One of the most memorable was probably Kay Gebbie

What’s your best piece of advice? Grab every opportunity that you are offered and learn by watching the best. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would that be? Lewis Hamilton. I’d quite fancy a wee spin in F1 and he looks like he has fun. Who was your equestrian mentor? I have gained knowledge from everyone I have watched over the years. What ambition you would still like to fulfil? Just to keep to learning and improving every day.

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What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? I would be an interior designer. What is your best piece of advice for riders? Be patient. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would it be? I would like to be Chris Martin, the lead singer of the band Coldplay. Who was your equestrian mentor? My equestrian ‘The best thing mentor was the great Irish showabout training is jumping legend helping people to Paul Darragh. realise their dreams, What ambition would you still like whatever they to fulfil? may be’ I’d love to represent my country as a rider.

returning from the Sydney Paralympic Games 2000 with an individual bronze medal, individual gold and team gold medal. This was my first input to coaching and supporting a Paralympic athlete. What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? When I was 16 I planned to do hotel management, so I would probably be doing that. If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? I have been fortunate enough to have trained with some of the greatest equine coaches. A few years ago I was lucky to hear Dr Steve Peters (the psychiatrist for British Cycling and Victoria Pendleton) talk at the UK Sport Performance conference – he was amazing. I would love to spend some time with him to develop a greater understanding of how the brain works. What is your most embarrassing moment coaching? Once I was walking backwards while coaching and I tripped over a fence, landing on my back on the arena floor. I got up quickly and thought I’d got away with it, but looked up to the gallery to see a family killing themselves with laughter. Continued overleaf 2016

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Left: Diana ZajDa on Chablis

‘As a child I spent hours on my rocking horse and watched all the horsey TV programmes’ DIANA ZAJDA

Diana has represented Scotland in International three-day events and was formerly chief coach and equestrian centre manager at Gleneagles. She coaches eventing, and is a regional BYRDS trainer for British Dressage.

What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? I am my own boss and I work in the best environments with the best sort of people and the most generous type of animals. But it can sometimes be a solitary job with little interaction with your peer group. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘Paddle your own canoe!’ What is your best piece of advice for riders? Use every training and competition experience to make tomorrow even better. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would that be? Probably the Queen, as she has met the most interesting people in her lifetime. Or Bear Grylls – I coach in a very disciplined manner, whereas he seems to be the opposite and lives life on the edge. That would be outside my comfort zone. Who was your equestrian mentor? I have had many mentors in different guises over the years. In the last couple of years it has been Yogi Breisner MBE FBHS. What ambition you would still like to fulfil? To spend more time with the people that really matter to me.


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What sparked your interest in horses? I have been horse-mad for as long as I can remember. As a child I spent hours on my rocking horse and watched all the horsey TV programmes like Follyfoot and Champion the Wonder Horse. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? ‘Don’t look sideways when warming up.’ Concentrate on you and your horse, and don’t compare yourself to others or get psyched out by the opposition. What has been the highlight of your coaching career so far? There have been many. From getting a rider onto the GB young rider eventing team, to achieving a clean sweep with the local pony club at the interbranch team competitions one year. What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider/coach? I always fancied being an actress. I imagine being in the middle of an arena is similar to being on stage. If you could train with anyone in the world, who would it be? I would love to have more lessons with Carl Hester or (if we could bring him back from the dead) Herbert Rehbein. What is your most embarrassing moment coaching? I once passed out while teaching a lesson when I was pregnant, but nobody noticed so I just got up and carried on. What is the best and worst thing about being a coach? I get great personal satisfaction from seeing horses and riders improve and achieve goals they didn’t think were possible. The worst thing is spending hours in an outdoor arena in freezing weather. You need stamina and endurance. What would the title of your autobiography be? ‘Get on, kick on and stick on!’ What is your best piece of advice for riders? Work from your horse’s strengths – appreciate what they do well and don’t get too hung up on the bits that they aren’t so good at. If you could change places with anyone for a day, who would that be? It would be good to be Charlotte Dujardin, to get a chance to ride Valegro. Who was your equestrian mentor? The most important influence on my equestrian life has been William Micklem FBHS – the font of all wisdom. What ambition would you still like to fulfil? I’d love to ride at Grand Prix dressage – but first I need to find the horse. 2016

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I GREW UP ON A FARM in Aberfeldy and had ponies as a child. After leaving school, I went to the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh with the intention of becoming a mixed animal practitioner. However, soon after qualifying, I was offered an internship at one of the leading equine practices in Europe, the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire. There I worked under world-renowned equine vet John Walmsley. I returned to Edinburgh after two years for a four-year residency where I specialised in equine surgery and orthopaedics, working under Joe Fraser, another Scottish veterinary great. I have had many highs and lows in my career. I am very proud to have successfully treated many highprofile Scottish horses in all equine disciplines, including flat and national hunt racing, showjumping, eventing and showing. But I still get as much satisfaction working on kids’ ponies as I do on Olympic winners. I predominantly treat horses with orthopaedic problems. The type of injury very much depends on the discipline; flat race horses often have knee problems in their front legs, whereas showjumpers usually have hind leg issues. This year I was shortlisted


for Petplan’s Vet of the Year award. I have no idea where it came from, but presume I was nominated by a client, which is amazing. We had a big awards ceremony in Birmingham; it was a great honour and a reflection of the hard work of our team here in Lanark. I have been with the Clyde Vet Group since 2002, and in 2005 the building of the equine hospital was completed. My work at the hospital is dealing with lame and injured horses, as well as undertaking surgery on them. The horses are anaesthetised in a padded room and elevated onto a table, which can be manoeuvred to the appropriate angle. I do a lot of keyhole surgery, which is ideal for horses, because their joints are so large. As most of the surgical patients are athletes, you don’t want big incisions that create extra trauma which takes a long time to heal. After a camera is positioned into the joint, the surgery is carried out by observing the image from the camera on a television monitor. It’s like learning to use chopsticks without looking at your hands. I remember when I started I had great difficulty co-ordinating myself, but I’ve now been doing it for 25 years so it has become second nature. One of our most challenging cases was a horse with a serious neurological problem; it was what is known as a ‘wobbler’. We managed to fuse three of the horse’s vertebrae together using stainless-steel baskets drilled to the vertebral disc spaces to stop them moving about. There has only been a handful of successful cases like this. The operation was three years ago and the horse is now essentially normal. Common surgeries take about one and a half hours, but more complicated surgeries can take up to four hours – for example when using a plate and screws to repair a fracture. We have four nurses, two grooms and a pool of eight vets, so we’ve got a great team in place. Some of the vets are trained to do anaesthetics, some do stud work, some do complicated dentistry, and we have a vigorous training programme to keep ourselves up to date. We are currently in the process of updating our bone scanner to a new state-ofthe-art machine that uses a radioactive isotope. Our current system is ten years old, but as of next month we will have this amazing new technology, which is the latest in scanning equipment.

still get as much satisfaction working on kids’ ponies as I do on Olympic winners’

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Tara and Elliot Stockwell

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rowing up on an arable farm on the coast of Fife, Tara, 11, and Elliot Stockwell, 10, have had an idyllic upbringing. Before the siblings learned to walk, they were on the back of a pony, plodding along the beaches of St Andrews with their parents, Alice and Tim. By the time they were eight they had hunted with the Fife Foxhounds, showed across Scotland and competed in mounted games with their local pony club. When Elliot’s attention started to waver last year, and like many of his school friends he began to show more interest in football, his mother looked into the possibility of pony racing. ‘He was getting a bit fed up with showing,’ says Alice. ‘He’s a typical boy and just likes to get on and go fast.’ Pony racing is a long-established sport in Ireland but only came to Scotland and England in 2004 when the Pony Racing Authority was first set up. Ireland has produced many great jockeys over the last few decades and this is largely down to the country’s widespread practice of pony racing. Since the sport’s introduction to the UK, the pool of British jockeys has already become much stronger. ‘It’s a new thing and is really taking off in parts of the country, but I would say that our children are the most northerly pony racers,’ says Alice. ‘Our friends are always quite surprised when they hear about it.’ Last year Tara and Elliot started riding their ponies at point-to-points across Scotland and the north of England and were immediately hooked. They did well at Overton point-to-point in Lanarkshire in March last year and so Tim and Alice decided to take them down to Cheltenham racecourse for a pony club race day. ‘On the journey south my husband

said to me, “If we want to do this seriously we ought to get them a proper racing pony,” so a few weeks later we did,’ says Alice. The Stockwells purchased Ted (show name Ninfield Millionaire’s Splendour) and, a few weeks later, Della (aka Ninfield Millionaire’s Delight). These two British riding ponies, brought up from Sussex, are very lightweight and were originally bred for showing. Coincidentally, the pair are full siblings too. ‘It is extraordinary that brother and sister ponies are ridden by brother and sister jockeys,’ says Alice. Though the family originally took up racing to encourage Elliot, Tara has taken to the sport too. The pair often compete together. ‘It’s quite something to see them both perched on their little thoroughbred ponies zooming off into the distance,’ says their mother. But Alice and Tim take a very relaxed approach, believing that they should allow their children to do what they love. They encourage the siblings to work hard with their ponies to form a trusting relationship. On one occasion Alice felt a pang of anxiety watching Elliot take off down the beach on a particularly grumpy old pony, but all was well. ‘I think as a parent you can be too anxious. And the children enjoy it so much, it’s worth it.’ While Tara continues to do working hunter shows and won her class at the Highland Show and Blair Horse Trails last year, Elliot is now solely focused on racing.


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‘Elliot is small for his age and very light, so is the ideal build for a jockey’

Above: Elliot jumping with thE FiFE hunt on josh.

up and takes them a couple of miles inland to do slow and steady hill work, rather than the flat-out work along the coastline which is vital to achieve the necessary high level of fitness. And even when the race is all over in two minutes, the preparation and long drives are all worthwhile. ‘Tim and I have occasionally wondered whether it is crazy driving six hours for just six furlongs, but actually it’s the whole day and the build-up that makes it so enjoyable. We all just love it,’ says Alice. Before every race there is a tack and turnout presentation and a parade that is taken very seriously. Tara and Elliot spend hours cleaning their tack and washing Ted and Della in preparation. Elliot, whose heroes include AP McCoy and Frankie Dettori, is desperate to become a professional jockey, though he has not yet decided whether he wishes to pursue flat or jump racing. Peter Scudamore and Lucinda Russell have promised he can ride out for them at their yard in Kinross when he is 16, a prospect he is very excited about. Tara, on the other hand, isn’t quite sure if racing will be her future. Her dream is to show at the Horse of the Year show, but she also loves acting. ‘We are a slight disadvantage being up here but pony racing is becoming more and more popular. For now we make the best of it and don’t mind the travel,’ says Alice. ‘I can’t see them getting bored of racing any time soon. It’s a part of our lives as a family.’


‘Elliot is small for his age and very lightweight, so is the ideal build for a jockey,’ says Alice. ‘He just clicked with his pony right from the start.’ Pony racers begin at the age of nine and can race up until their 16th birthday, so Elliot is very often the youngest competitor taking part. After further success at Cheltenham, Lingfield and Beverley this year, Tara will compete in the Charles Owen Racecourse Series races throughout the summer. Elliot will be eligible to compete here next year too – he has performed well on form but is not quite old enough yet. Keeping their ponies race-fit takes a lot of time and dedication. Being hunting-fit is not enough. Ted and Della are essentially mini-racehorses and as such require enhanced levels of fitness. During the light summer months, Tara and Elliot ride out in the mornings before they go to school, as well as in the evenings. The family farm in Crail has long flat fields, ideal for galloping down. Once a week, Alice boxes them all 2016

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Jane Cepok

Above: Jane Cepok with her ‘superstar’ horse, the white irish hunter Called Blues inspiration. opposite: enJoying some rare free time at her

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JANE CEPOK HAD THE SURPRISE of her life at the Horse Scotland Awards last year. She had been nominated for Volunteer of the Year but was thrilled to see that award go to a dear and deserving friend. Unbeknown to her, Jane was about to be given a much greater accolade, the Lifetime Achievement award – and it’s not hard to see why. Jane’s mother was the district commissioner of the Strathearn Pony Club branch, and Jane and her sister spent their childhood tootling around Perthshire on their ponies, competing and hunting with the Linlithgow & Stirlingshire and Berwickshire hunts. She also took part in several pointto-points. ‘It was a terrific thrill and a great experience, but scary as hell,’ she recalls. It soon became apparent that Jane would be better suited to teaching. ‘I was very accident-prone, and my parents reckoned teaching was the best way to go to keep me out of trouble,’ she laughs. After school, Jane received her assistant instructor qualification from the Northern Equitation Centre at Ormskirk, and returned to teach in pony clubs and riding schools around


Scotland. Over the next few years she became a fully-fledged BHS instructor. She continued teaching at Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness, Orkney and Strathearn pony clubs, as well as organising camps and events. During this time, Jane married and had four children, who would travel to Orkney with her for summer camps. ‘It was a fantastic time,’ she recalls. In 1988, she was approached by William Micklem FBHS and Captain Mark Phillips and asked if she would coach at the new equestrian centre they were setting up at Gleneagles. ‘It was a huge thrill because it was completely state of the art,’ says Jane. ‘In those days, the horses and ponies were rugged up at the end of October and turned out, and that was it – you didn’t do any riding until Easter. This was just a whole different ball game and it was very exciting.’ Capt. Phillips sent up horses for Jane and her fellow coaches Maggie Inglis, Loraine Young and Magnus Nicholson to train for the centre. ‘We got them used to being ridden by people who had perhaps never been on a horse before, or by Americans who only rode Western,’ she recalls. In 1994 Jane became the event organiser for Gleneagles, on top of her duties as secretary for the Central Scotland Horse Trials, a position she has held since 1976, and the district commissioner of Strathearn Pony Club. She is also a BHS riding and road-safety trainer and examiner. ‘I think it is a very worthwhile cause and I am very pleased to have been involved with that from the beginning,’ she says. In 2009, adding to her long list of commitments, Jane and her daughter Katy set up a livery business at their farm in Auchterarder. ‘It’s my work, but I love it – and it keeps me out of trouble,’ she says. On top of all this, Jane still finds the time to ride her Irish hunter, Blues Inspiration. ‘He is a superstar. I absolutely love him,’ she says. ‘I love going out for hacks now – I’m not really interested in competing any more.’ That may be so, but she still managed to sweep first prize in a dressage class at Netherton in December!

t’s my work, but I love it – and it keeps me out of trouble’

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Kirsty Aird

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Best foot forward

With a twin-track career in the show ring and showjumping arena, Kirsty Aird – and her horses – thrive on variety BY CAL FLYN IMAGES ANGUS BLACKBURN


he thing that strikes you first about Kirsty Aird’s horses is the sheer variety. First, she rides proudly out upon Jumping Mac Flash, her own gleaming Grand Prix showjumper, then moments later dismounts so as to climb aboard a 13hh Fell pony, Stewart and Gwen Rae’s Greenholme Emblem, whose generous mane and forelock fall down over his eyes. She rides both, it must be said, with flair: calmly handling the highly strung bay as he leers at our camera equipment – at one point, throwing himself back onto his haunches to avoid the flash – but then pushing and encouraging the little Fell stallion to reach the very limits of his extended canter, silky feathers flying out behind. These are only two of the 25-yearold rider’s string of ten horses, which also takes in a much-admired Connemara owned by Winsome Aird, and Liz Smith’s 17.2hh working hunter Toronto, who last year was crowned working hunter champion at the Royal Highland Show. Kirsty appears to take it all in her

stride, as she cultivates a twin-track career in both the show ring and the showjumping arena. But isn’t it difficult to be always switching between such dissimilar mounts: to be moving from mountain and moorland, to heavyweight cob to lightweight sports horse in the space of minutes? ‘It’s great for your riding,’ she assures me. ‘You learn to adapt to each individual horse and work in more of a partnership: work with it and the way that it goes. You can work it to its strengths, as opposed to it having to work around yours. ‘It’s something I’ve been used to since I was wee,’ she adds. ‘I was always going from one type to another type, jumping off one and onto another. I started riding my mum’s heavyweight hunter when I was only 11.’ Her mother Trude smiles at the memory. ‘Her wee boots,’ she reminisces. ‘They just stuck out the sides.’ Horses have always been a family affair for the Airds, who have been running a business producing and schooling horses for decades. They 2016

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spend a lot of the time on the road – not least south to Hickstead, where Kirsty has qualified in one or another class every year for the last decade, or to the Horse of the Year Show, where she has competed in each of the last eight. Her brother also competed in his teens and helped out on the yard before trading horses for horsepower when he got a ‘proper job’ selling tractors. In her showjumping success Kirsty follows in her father James’s footsteps. He rode for the British squad as a young rider, and continued to ride up until a nasty traffic accident a few years ago. These days she is invariably accompanied by her fiancé, Kenny Mckeague. Despite all the showing success, it is showjumping where Kirsty’s true passion lies. ‘It’s only recently, since having Mac, that people have seen me out jumping more and realised that I can do that as well – I’m not just a show rider. So that’s opening up new horizons for me.’ She bought Mac three years ago, from the showjumper Robert Snaddon who continues to train her regularly. Mac and Kirsty seemed ‘meant to be’: she first rode him at Robert’s place six years ago, and was bowled over by the 62

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gelding, who was then known down south as ‘the flying cob’. She had then seen him every time she had gone to Robert’s, until finally she sold one of her parents’ horses, and they used the proceeds to buy Mac. Several other riders had tried the bay for size but found they couldn’t manage him. ‘He’s a unique character, just a bit of a drama queen. He’s scared of everything,’ she says. ‘You trot into the ring and he spooks at the flowers, spooks at the wings, spooks at the poles, and you think, “Oh my God, we’re not going to get over anything.” But then you get up to your canter, head to the first fence and he’s a completely different horse.’ In the first year together, they came seventh in the Grand Prix class at Bicester and Finmere – ‘Against all British team members and other top people… I was fair chuffed!’ – and since then they’ve come a long way. This year Kirsty was selected a second time for the horsescotland development squad; it would seem she has a glittering future on the showjumping circuit. Even so, she says, it’ll never be time to give up on the showing: ‘It’s nice to mix it up. I don’t think I could ever just do one thing.’


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Career highlights

The different disciplines feed into each other, she explains – not only the showjumping into the workers and vice versa, but the flat showing has its benefits too. ‘It’s a good eye-opener – you have to be polished and finished as a rider, whereas in the showjumping you’ll get away with being a bit untidy,’ she laughs. The ultimate prize would be to win big at the Horse of the Year Show, and the big working hunter Toronto is her best hope, she reckons. ‘It’s his second year there, and he’s usually better, much bolder and braver, in the second year. So hopefully this will be the one.’ But she has high hopes of the neat little Fell stallion too (‘Rio’, as he’s known at home). ‘He’s still a bit of a baby, but he’s got that star quality. He might be the secret weapon that nobody’s expecting.’ So she’s gunning for the very top – and the same goes in the showjumping. This year she hopes to jump Mac in the 1.50m class at the Great Yorkshire Show, then the Grand Prix at the Highland Show. ‘He’s got all the ability in the world. I know no course is too difficult for him, and he’s teaching me loads.’ All of this experience gained with Mac will be fed into her youngster, the six-year-old, 17.2hh Breckenridge, for whom she has big plans: ‘Well, as I keep saying: he’s my 2020 [Olympic] prospect. ‘I saw him as a foal, loved him as a foal, and I said it at the time: “He’s going to Tokyo. He’ll be the perfect age.” So that’s what we’re aiming for! He doesn’t know it yet – but that’s the plan.’

1 Second RIHS heavyweight working hunters 2010 on Euan Snowie’s Playboy Forever. 2 Fourth Horse of the Year Show Mountain and Moorland working hunter pony 2012/2013 – Mrs N McLean’s Brooksan Kitchener and Gorgeous George. 3 Champion Mountain and Moorland working hunter pony RIHS 2013 with Mrs W Aird’s Falfield Beeleaf. 4 Winner 1.30m Scottish Championships, 2014 with her own Jumping Mac Flash. 5 Seventh Bicester & Finmere Show Grand Prix 2014 with her own Jumping Mac Flash.


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Champion working hunter, Blair Atholl International Horse Show 2015, with Mrs E Smith’s Toronto

6 Reserve champion working hunter, Royal International Horse Show 2015, with Mrs F Laing’s Oulart Pasquellino. 7 Winner and Champion open working hunter HOYS qualifier, Royal Highland Show and Yorkshire Sport Horse Show, both 2015, with Mrs E Smith’s Toronto. 8 Placed in several 1.35m/1.40m classes at the Royal International Horse Show with her own Jumping Mac Flash. 9 Fifth Young Rider Final, Royal Highland Show, with her own Jumping Mac Flash. 10 Supreme Novice Champion, BSPS Scotland Finale Show 2015, with Mrs G Rae’s Greenholme Emblem. 65

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Dodgy dealers

He told her I was 10, neigh chance of that I’ve just celebrated my 21st!

If she tries to take me for a hack I’ll soon have her bucked off

Safe? Oh yes, these are all so safe your Grandmother could ride them

Caveat emptor Never is the old adage ‘caveat emptor’ – buyer beware – more true than when you buy a horse, a process that often involves thousands of pounds and surprisingly few safeguards... BY HEDDY FORREST IMAGE ANGUS BLACKBURN


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Dodgy dealers

If your Grandmother can get me to stand still long enough to mount she might survive a ride

Wait a minute, he told her you were 10 he told her I was as well but I’m only 4 and just got broken in 3 weeks ago

‘We’ve heard it all, and know anyone can fall foul of an unscrupulous seller’

He gave me so much dope, man I can hardly keep my eyes open!


here is a reason why the term ‘horse trading’ is the vernacular for the most difficult negotiations and political chicanery. Even for experts, assessing a horse is so tricky that the process provides endless scope for dishonesty and many pitfalls for the unwary. Unscrupulous horse dealers are so much a part of our history that some phrases owe their origin to shady equine practises. ‘To ginger up’, for example, was defined by Francis Grose in his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785 as: ‘To feague a horse, to put ginger up a horse’s fundament, to make him lively and carry his tail well.’

The ways in which horse dealers have historically duped buyers are legendary. These range from the use of boot polish to add lustre to a horse’s coat, through ‘bishoping’ (where a horse’s teeth are worked using silver nitrate to take years off its age), to the old ruse of sticking pins in a small horse’s shoulder to make it droop enough for it to be reclassified as a pony. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Realistically, the most likely swindles come in two catergories. The first is pretending a horse is calmer than it really is, often so it can be sold for use by children. One way of doing this is tiring out a problematic horse or pony, so if the 2016

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12 things to check before buying a horse

horse you are about to buy is saddled and sweating, it may have just been ridden to tire it out and make it more docile. Another issue is the administration of drugs such as Bute to hide behavioural problems or chronic ailments. While some sedatives have tell-tale signs – such as a stallion with an unusually floppy penis or pink or reddish brown urine – Bute can only really be detected by blood tests (one friend thanked the heavens she did this as it allowed her to get her money back from a particularly slippery dealer). At EQy we’ve heard it all, and we know that buying a horse is an inexact science. One reader told us that he went to a buy a horse which had been advertised as a quiet, docile little bay pony for his twelve-year-old daughter. A few weeks later, when he got the pony home it became a completely different animal which was ‘was raging like a bull, wild, dangerous and completely unbroken’. The daughter was bucked and as unwilling to go near the animal as it was to have her on its back. Occasionally, there can be redress for a wrongly advertised horse. Actor Tom “Magnum” Selleck paid $110,000 for a 10-year-old show horse called Zorro for his daughter, only for the horse to go lame a few weeks later. Investigations showed the horse had been given a steroid injection a week before the sale, so the actor successfully sued the dealer, winning punitive damages. It is important to remember, however, that the overwhelming majority of sellers are genuine people who just want a good home for their beloved horse. Or, in the case of dealers, are honest business people who simply want to turn a profit while keeping their customers happy enough to keep coming back for more. But there are sufficient bad people out there for there to be a website called – so beware! And remember, no matter how many legal protections there now are, it’s up to you to weed out the charlatans. So before you hand over your cash, keep those two words in mind: caveat emptor.

1 Before you start looking be entirely honest about your own capabilities and the sort of horse you’re looking for. Overhorsing the rider is one of the major causes of problems with new purchases. 2 Do your homework. Find out as much history of your chosen horse as possible. Reputable dealers and genuine private owners should be happy to supply this information. Be suspicious if not. 3 Get a horse vetted before buying. A 5stage vetting is much more thorough than a 2stage one. If possible, use a vet independent of the horse owner/dealer. If the vet has treated the horse before you are now entitiled to ask about its medical history. Be realistic though: the vetting covers that horse on that day and is not a guarantee that it will remain sound/healthy for ever. 4 Ask your vet to take blood samples. These are held for 6 months and can be tested if the horse goes lame or misbehaves and doping/drugs are suspected. These tests are expensive, but worth it. 5 All horses must have a passport; it is illegal to sell equines in the UK without one. All horses born after 2009 should also be microchipped. Check passports as passport fraud is not unheard of. 6 Don’t be afraid to ask for a full ridden/medical history. 7 Sometimes people advocate turning up early or unannounced to see a horse. This can be tricky though as most dealing yards are busy businesses and will need you to make an appointment. Don’t be afraid to show up a few minutes early though. 8 If your horse flies through its vetting and you take it home, get a receipt and keep a copy of the original advertised description in case this turns out to be false. 9 Weigh up the pros and cons of buying privately or from a reputable dealer. Many dealers will offer, within a certain time-frame, some sort of exchange deal if the horse is not suitable. Private owners usually will not, although there are many genuine private sellers seeking the best home for their horse. 10 If the horse seems to be suspiciously cheap for its quality or experience then be wary – if it appears to be too good to be true, it usually is. Be especially cautious when looking for safe ponies as there are well documented cases of ponies being doped to appear safe and quiet for children to ride. Most safe kids ponies are worth their weight in gold and are often not cheap because of this. 11 If you are buying a horse for a specific discipline, make sure you try the horse in this capacity. There is no point in looking for the perfect hack but only trying it in an arena, then getting it home and finding it naps at the gate. 12 Remember that looks can be decieving. A bright shiny yard doesn’t neccessarily mean an honest sale. Likewise, looking at a horse in a muddy a field doesn’t mean it’s dodgy. Never go on appearances only. Do your research and trust your instincts. 2016

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Katherine Tullie


find Katherine Tullie at her parents’ beautiful farmhouse near Duns, eating the sugar bread she has brought back from the Netherlands. ‘It’s just white bread with big lumps of halfmelted sugar baked into it,’ she cackles, buttering another slice. ‘But it’s so good. You’ve got to try it.’ The pleasures of sugar bread are the least of what the young dressage rider has learnt over the last few months at Nijkerk, Gelderland, working at the yard of Olympic dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen. ‘It’s like being at dressage camp all the time,’ she tells me, grinning with enthusiasm. She reels off her working routine: up at 6am, work until at least 6pm, and sometimes as late as 9pm. Eighteen horses to care for, including a mare in foal. Several to ride – both at Adelinde’s yard and that of fellow Dutch rider Aris van Manen’s yard, an hour’s drive away. On Sundays, Adelinde’s personal trainer visits, and both Katherine and the head girl Marloes undertake sessions too. ‘Plus, there’s a physio who comes with a saddle-shaped seat attached to a computer – you sit on it and she adjusts your position to


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Katherine Tullie

‘You’d be sitting on this horse, clinging on like grim death. They’re amazing, stock horses, exactly like collie dogs’ what’s best for the horse. And the vet! She’s specifically a sports-horse vet. She watches you ride, then gives you exercises. ‘I think I’m already stronger in my riding. They ride differently there to the way we do. Here, it’s all about your seat – using your seat to move the horse forwards. Adelinde told me, “It’s very British, the way you ride.” Well – it’s the only way I’ve been taught. She said I shouldn’t work for the horse: the horse has to work for me, so I’ve been working on getting Jazz hot off the leg.’ Jazz, or Arctic Jazz as he is known in the ring, is her horse: a strapping, dapple-grey gelding her parents bought as a youngster that she is now training to Grand Prix level. ‘He’s very clever, and he loves to learn new things. Sometimes he gets frustrated because he tries to do too much and gets 76

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confused. But he’s always willing and wanting to work.’ Together they have amassed an impressive haul of prizes as they have risen up through the grades. After winning the Medium championship at regional level in 2013, they went on to place fifth at the nationals; the following year they were Advanced Medium regional champions at both the winter and summer competitions. Last year, they came third regionally at Prix St Georges level, with a score of 65.2%, as well as winning outright at Intermediate 1 level. Jazz hails from Australia, where Katherine’s mother Fiona is from, and where the Tullie family lived when Katherine was a teenager. ‘Grey horses

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don’t sell very well in Australia – they get skin cancer easily – so he was good value. We went to look at him and he was just like nothing I’d ever sat on before. I think I rode him for about an hour that first day!’ Nevertheless, Jazz has never been easy. ‘He came to school with me [in Australia] and I couldn’t get on him. He would stand straight up on his hind legs and bolt, so we had to have three people – one holding his front leg, one holding his head, and another there to fling me on. ‘He’s very cheeky. He’s very hot, very spooky. Now he’s older I can keep a lid on him a bit, but when we first did dressage tests I would just pray that we’d get to the end without galloping off.’ She manages, she acknowledges, thanks to her hardwon ‘stickability’. ‘I never had a schoolmaster when I was younger, only crazy ponies. The “you’d better stay on, or you’re walking home” sort of thing.’ In Australia, the whole family would go out mustering on their farm near Armidale, New South Wales, riding bareback. ‘Our stock horse was just dragged off the hill,’ Katherine laughs. ‘We just jumped on and she’d watch the sheep. If one broke off, she’d be after it. You’d be sitting on this horse, clinging on like grim death. They’re amazing, stock horses, exactly like collie dogs.’ Even Jazz played a

part in the mustering and there can’t be many Grand Prix dressage horses with that on their CV. However, after a few years of rough-and-ready riding Down Under, Katherine appealed to her parents to be allowed to return to Scotland to compete seriously. She, her dad and Jazz flew back when she was 17 (she is now 22), followed soon after by the rest of the family. Since then, it has been all hands on deck. Her father called in friends to help him build a sand arena on the edge of a field; her mother accompanied her south to train with Adam Kemp and Matt Frost and to compete at national level. At home Katherine trained with Jane Rutherford at Ayton for four years, recently switching to Kilmarnockbased Jill Grant. ‘It’s very hard to compete against people who are buying their horses in 2016

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from Europe ready-made,’ she admits. ‘Without financial backing… though, of course, my parents do the best they can, and I make as much money as I can. It all goes into the horse.’ She points to a row of commemorative plaques received for competing at the regional championships. ‘My dad has a joke about those – he says, “These plaques were produced for pennies, but they cost us £1,000 each.” ’ Still, judging by the number of framed photos of Katherine and Jazz

on every wall, you can tell that both parents revel in her success. With her place at an Olympic yard secure for another few months at least, the future looks bright. The next step, she says, is to compete at Grand Prix level, ‘with Jazz, if he can get there’. Having tried some of Adelinde’s mounts for size, she realises he might not be the horse to win her Olympic gold. ‘But it’s not about that,’ she says. ‘It’s about me and him being on that whole journey together, from neither of us knowing anything to where we are now.’

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Para-equestrian rider Cate Walker

Images: Cate with Mustard, and with

her whippet twigger.

ON 13 APRIL 1999, when she was just 12 years old, Cate Walker’s life changed forever. As she dived into her highschool swimming pool, she suddenly had the feeling that her body had been split in two. ‘I got to the bottom of the pool and suddenly felt as if the two halves of my body were completely separate,’ she says. She could not walk or talk and spent the next four months in hospital recovering from the stroke that would permanently alter her life. After two years of physio, speech and occupational therapy, Cate was finally well enough to get back on her pony, Peter Pan. ‘If it hadn’t been for that fantastic little pony, I am certain I wouldn’t have made such a good recovery,’ she says. ‘Horses gave me the motivation to do my physio exercises and get on with my life.’ Today, Cate lives in Fife with her husband and works part-time as a staff nurse in critical care at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy to fund her horsey habit. She is trained by Gleneagles training


coach Erik Mackechnie and Sara Smith in her home school, which has been newly fitted with arena mirrors. ‘The mirrors are so hugely helpful to me as I don’t have proprioception of where my right side is, but if I can see it, I can correct it. I have a constant checklist in my head – right heel down, right hand up, head up, shoulders back,’ she says. When Cate was 18 she went for a job interview with William Fox-Pitt. He didn’t think she was quite the right fit for his team, a decision that today Cate is very relieved about. ‘He was right – there is no way I could have worked there. I owe him so much for saying no because he recommended me to Georgia Bale and I went and worked for her for two years,’ says Cate. When she began to struggle, it was Bale who encouraged her to get classified for para-equestrian and took her to the test. Cate now competes at a Grade III classification. After two years with Bale, Cate returned to Scotland with newfound confidence and knowledge, and a little horse called Lofty. ‘He really got me on my para journey. When we went down in 2010 to the interregional, it was the first time ever that Scotland had a team together, and we took individual honours and team honours,’ remembers Cate fondly. ‘I think para has taught me not only skills for dressage, but for life as well.’ Today, Cate rides Master Mustard, her Irish sports horse, produced by eventer Pippa Dixon. ‘He didn’t look like anything particularly special, but when I sat on him it all just clicked,’ she recalls of seeing the horse for the first time. This year Cate and Mustard plan to compete in the Para Silver Championships and the International 1*. The longterm goal is the Paralympics, hopefully Japan 2020. ‘My stroke changed my path in life and it taught me patience, perseverence, determination and, most importantly, to be appreciative of all the little things in life,’ she says.

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Stars of the Future

The next generation From eventing to dressage and polo, EQY takes a look at some of Scotland’s young equestrian stars of the future BY SOPHIE STANISTREET


n his seminal book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell posited the theory that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practise to become expert in any discipline. If so, the seven young riders in the next four pages have racked up an unbelievable amount of time in their quest for the top because Scotland has some of the leading young lights in the worlds of eventing and show jumping, as well as less-practiced disciplines such as side saddle and driving. Last year, we profiled some of the finest young talent that Scotland has to offer and many of those featured have gone on to do great things. Scotland’s under-17 mounted games team, showing’s Kimberley Nicoll, driving’s Lewis Shaw, endurance rider Iain Paterson, polo brothers Adam and Matthew Dove, vaulting’s Hannah Ballantyne, showjumper Lucy Guild, para dressage rider Emma Douglas, dressage’s Eilidh Grant and eventing’s Wills Oakden – many have continued to court success and make names for themselves in their chosen discipline. Hopefully, when the third issue of EQY comes out next year, we will be able to say the same about the seven stars of the future who are profiled in these pages.


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Olivia Morison Eventing Dedicated rider Olivia Morison is one of the most sought-after eventers in East Lothian. This fiercely talented 19-year-old has taken the eventing world by storm with her top horse Romantik. ‘He’s very quirky, but so loveable and just my type of horse,’ Olivia says of the 13-year-old by Rubin Royale. At Floors Castle last year, the pair rode home double clear and 5th in their first international event, and Morison completed her first two Intermediate rides with clear cross country rounds and placings in both. This hard-working teen schools horses on a freelance basis to fund her competing and has international aspirations. ‘My short-term goal is to contend in YR classes and at 3*, and longterm to compete abroad and go 4*,’ she says. Morison is feeling confident for the upcoming season. As well as Romantik, she also owns two other horses, Moonlight Sonata, who she hopes will reach CICYH*, and Grantstown Harry, who is on track for CCI*.

‘He’s very quirky, but so loveable and just my type of horse’

Grace Reid Driving


Grace started driving on her Shetland pony in the Borders from a very early age. Her father is the chairman of the Scottish Carriage Driving Association (SCDA) and she has trained with Carol Boswell from the age of nine. The driving community in Scotland is still very small, but widely spread. The SCDA are currently trying to get a Scottish team of juniors together for the International Young Driver Championship as most competitors come from England and Europe. Now at St Andrews University, Grace still goes home to train whenever she can and competes at outdoor events such as Dalmeny, where she won the junior class last year, and Auchlishie. Grace is already planning for the summer season and will be taking part in a new class for young horses at Hopetoun Horse Driving Trials. 2016

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Aimee Bell Showjumping Aimee Bell has certainly become the girl to beat after she laid claim to the north of Scotland at the Cabin’s Sunshine Tour in 2013. It was here she and her horse Cameron Poe took the NorthEast Open Championship after numerous wins at 1m15 to 1m30 level. This dream team has excelled in the showjumping circuit, having earned second place at the Equi-Trek Young Masters Championship Finals at the Royal Highland Show 2015. It has also seen success south of the border at Olympia Horse Show, where the pair competed in the U23 British Championships and finished in an extremely respectable ninth place. Poe, the 14-year-old gelding, was once owned and ridden by Douglas Duffin, before Bell took over the ride in 2012. Aimee frequently travels from her base in Aberdeenshire to Fife to train with the former Scottish Number One. 85

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Rebecca Norval Vaulting Scotland’s exceptionally talented young vaulting champion Rebecca Norval has accumulated a string of medals at competitions both at home and abroad. The 18-year-old regularly competes in pas de deux classes alongside her partner Andrew McLachlan, and in 2012 the pair took gold at the European Vaulting Championships, becoming Britain’s first junior vaulting medallists at European level. They didn’t stop there; in 2015 the pair went on to represent the Scottish Senior Equestrian Vaulting team at the CVI International Vaulting Competition in Belgium and placed fourth in their senior class. Rebecca also competed individually in the Senior 2** competition, placing fifth out of 23 riders. Norval was still a pupil at Kilgraston School when competing for the Scottish team. ‘The time and effort Rebecca dedicates to her sport is commendable,’ says Pauline Stott, director of sport at Kilgraston. ‘We are very proud of Rebecca’s achievements.’ Rebecca has since left school and balances university studies with her training.

Ben Humphries Polo After being introduced to the sport at a Pony Club Camp a few years ago, Ben Humphries has been hooked on polo ever since. Ben now trains at Dundee and Perth Polo Club grounds at Errol Park as well as outdoor camps at Cawdor or indoor at Highfield and Gleneagles Equestrian Centres. ‘We won the first ever tournament I played in – my team’s ages ranged from 15 to 70, that’s the great thing about this sport,’ Humphries says. He has been coached by Scotland’s most successful player, Alastair Archibald, and Thom Bell at Kinross Polo Club through his school Glenalmond College. Glenalmond recently celebrated a victory over George Watson’s in which Ben scored several times. This summer, he hopes to compete in a Scottish team at the Pony Club Championships and make it to the final at Cowdray in August. Ben hopes to study biology at St Andrews University, where he can continue to play. 86

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Robyn Smith Dressage Robyn Smith has been on the HorseScotland performance squad since she was 12-years-old. In the last seven years, this rider has gone from strength to strength, ending her 2015 season at the Scottish Championships with three wins – at Elementary Open (75.34%) medium Open (72.95%) and PSG (71.12%), she was the undisputed ruler of the ring. Last year also saw her travel to France with her top horse, Foold Uz, to represent Great Britain at the European Dressage Championships at Vidauban. ‘We finished on a PB of over 68%, which left me in ninth place overnight. I was so thrilled with my achievement,’ Smith says. ‘A personal best at my first ever European was more than I could have hoped for, especially finishing 25th out of more than 60 combinations.’ Foold Uz, (pictured), the experienced 17-yearold gelding, was originally ridden by her mother, Gail Smith, before Robyn took up the reins a few years ago.


‘I was so thrilled with a PB at my first Europeans’

Natasha Connor Side Saddle Six-year-old Natasha first saw side saddle at a show and was desperate to try it for herself. Last year her mother bought her a side saddle and she has had much success in the discipline ever since. Natasha and her Welsh pony Afan Spy have competed all over Scotland with the Side Saddle Association Area 9, National Pony Society, Scottish Welsh Pony and Cob Association and other agricultural shows in lead rein mountain and moorland, and working hunter classes. They have been very successful over the season, placing at every event and championship. Natasha’s biggest achievement so far was placing second at the Blair Horse Trials last year in a class of both adult and junior side saddle riders. Recently Natasha made her debut off lead at the Strathkelvin Spring Show. She hopes to attend the International Side Saddle Show, The Royal Highland Show and one day the Horse of the Year Show. 2016

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EQy Directory

EQyDirectory ScottishField



Your essential guide to all things equestrian in Scotland

Trainers Aberdeenshire

Sue Hendry BE development and BHSAI Coach. Inverurie, 07725 401921 Jennifer Burnett BHSII, BSJA, BD and BE rider, freelance private instructor for all levels (green jumping to 2* eventing), will travel outside to teach at clubs. Dyce, 07900 217935 Andrew Haig BHSAI, UKCC Level 2; freelance instructor with over 25 years coaching experience. All ages and levels. Road safety trainer. Peterculter, 01224 732740 / 07775 505801 Kerry Sutherland BHSAI, UKCC Level 2, freelance instructor with over 20 years experience for all ages and levels. Training and support for BHS Stages 1-3, PC Accredited, R & RS trainer. Banchory, 07720 085248


Shelagh Steven BHSII, SM, UKCC Level 3, Freelance instructor for all levels and disciplines, SQV assessor and trainer, BHS and PC exam preparation, BHS horse owners certificate courses, exercising and schooling. Carnoustie, 07867 510026 Lea Allen BHSII, UKCC coach educator, assessor for SEA and EQL. Gives courses for UKCC and pony club throughout UK. Also coaches riders of all levels. Arbroath, 07801 278785

Argyll & Bute

Shirleyann Varney BHSAI, UKCC Level 2. Kentallen, 01855 811316


Trish Harvey Event rider and popular PC, RC and BE coach. Kilmarnock, 07962 207272 Debbie Rodwell BHSII, EFI level 1 coach for all levels. Beith, 01505 502137 / 07793 549925 Susie Seirs BHSII, ‘Working in partnership with your horse and confidence building at all levels.’ Irvine, 07879 604802 Sheila Thom BHSI, available to coach dressage, show jumping, working hunter and cross country at home or away. Preparation courses for the BHS and UKCC examinations. Schooling and producing horses is also available. Ayr, 01292 521437 / 07989 601293 Aileen Craig One of the top BSJA riders in Scotland, UKCC Level 3 Show Jumping, Coach Educator Level 2 Generic and Level 2 Show Jumping, focussing on performance development. Stewarton, 07843 582765


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Scott McLellan Frequent and successful competitor with British eventing, UKCC Level 2, Coach for children and adults focussing on performance development. Resident coach at Titwood Equestrian. Cumnock, 07545785200

Dumfries & Galloway

Elaine Henry Hackman BETRL, SVQ Level 3 with Coaching. Fully qualified coach and ride leader. Borgue, 07894 270012 Marion Stewart BHSAI, able to teach all levels and abilities, flatwork, jumping and cross country. Hopes to encourage people to meet own goals whatever they may be. Moffat, 07557 108976 Jane Barbieri BHSAI, Intermediate stable manager, freelance dressage instructor available for everyday flatwork or competition preparation, novice to advanced levels and clinics. Confidence giving with clear instruction. Moffat, 07766 544946 Justine Hunter BHSII, RDAGI, first runner up in the BHS Instructor of the Year 2013, freelance instructor for flatwork and jumping for all ages and abilities. Castle Douglas, 07762 522073 Ruth McGarry BHSAI, freelance instruction for all ages on your own horse or pony at your premises. Available to teach individual groups, pony club rallies and all riders from beginners to advanced. Specialises in young and problem horses. Wigtonshire, 07966 962966


Fiona Spy BHSII, UKCC Level 3 (Generic), and EFI Level 1 coach. Show jumper and horse producer. BHS list 5 assessor, BHS Riding and Road Safety assessor and trainer, RDA group instructor and coach for local Pony Club and riding clubs. Dumbarton, 01389 842022


Catherine Smart BHSAI, Teaches up to Stage 3 standard level and especially enjoys teaching children. Teaches theory and practical for BHS examinations. Falkirk, 07721 758338 Hannah Beckmann BHSAI, UKCC Level 2, Advanced dressage rider, a riding and road safety trainer and a foundation saddle fitter. All levels welcome and confidence issues are a speciality. Falkirk, 07808 725556/ 01324 810128 Sara Smith BHSAI, RDAI, UKCC Level 2, instructor for all levels and works with multiple para riders. Tutor, assessor and mentor for UKCC qualifications to Level 3. Denny, 07736 731743

Gillian Turnbull BHSII and BHS Stable Manager. Private or group lessons available at BHS-approved livery yard with large school and jump set. Help with BHS exams or UKCC assessments. Offers Horse Owners Certificates. Denny, 01786 489205 / 07870 846998 Sarah Fox Successful competitive dressage rider, UKCC Level 2 Coach, Child Protection Certificate, PVG checked, fully insured, first aid qualified. Specialising in good correct flatwork foundations, dressage test and show ring preparation and presentation. Lessons given from own yard. Linlithgow, 07766 348 059


Joanna Heaton Starting, re-starting, backing, breaking services; BHS Stages I and II. St Andrews, 07742 103815 Laura Anderson BHSII, Freelance instructor. Cupar, 01337 810246 / 07796 338021 Dorothy Wang BHSAI, UKCC Level 2, Intermediate Stable Management, chief instructor at Glenrothes Pony Club and will teach all ages and levels. Cupar, 01337 827158 / 07850 013191 Elisabeth Leslie BHSII, Stable Management, UKCC Level 3 Generic, specialises in dressage and event coaching. Excellent training facilities and Pony/ Riding club training. Cleish, 07768 636401 / 01577 850787 Matthew MacFarlane BHSII, UKCC Level 3, specialises in dressage/ show jumping for adults and children. Offers Pony/Riding club training. Will travel around East Fife if facilities are available. Anstruther, 07779 136452 Sandra Low-Mitchell Excel Talent Coach, UKCC Level 3 coach. residential courses available, clinics throughout Scotland and the famous Jumpaholic Sessions throughout the year. Largo, 07715 545769


Karon Carson Professional coach and racehorse re-trainer; backing/breaking young horses. Dundar, East Lothain, 07900 062609 Alison Clinton BHSAI, BHSPCT riding instructor from beginners to advanced levels. Livingston, West Lothian, 07920 100696 Patrick Print OBE FBHS, classical training for all levels of rider for leisure or competition. Mentoring of young coaches/teachers a speciality. Linlithgow, West Lothian, 07771 538607 / 01506 834623 Deborah Murray BHSAI, Intermediate Stable Manager. Improving the partnership between horse and rider using ground and ridden training. Working to improve knowledge of the horse and understanding of the horse. Broxburn, West Lothian, 01313 312990 / 07779 647505 2016

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Patricia Rennie BHS SM, Dressage rider, instructor and senior examiner for the BHS. National Pony Society judge. Range of lessons and caters for all levels from beginners to competition riders. Drymen, Stirling, 07785 943661/ 01360 660481 Elizabeth Rennie Full instructor of British Horse Society (BHSI) and holds diploma for the National Pony Society. Chief examiner for BHS. Training packages for BHS exams. Drymen, Stirling, 07785 943661/ 01360 660481 Dawn Harrison BHSAI, Active BE, BD and BSJA competitor. Instructor for all levels and holds regular clinics. Cumbernauld, 01236 733424 / 07887 755867 Leona Urquhart BHSAI, UKCC Level 2 Generic, instructor with over 20 years experience for all ages and levels. Owns livery yard where she mainly teaches but will travel to you. Cambuslang, Glasgow, 07711 820563 Rhonda McVey BHSAI, BETCM, UKCC Level 2 Generic, BETRL. International TREC rider. Systematic, sympathetic instruction to flatwork and jumping. Ideally placed to train professional trail ride students. Lennoxtown, Glasgow, 07770 427502 Susanne Maccuish BHSAI, qualified instructor available for private or group lessons. Providing training for all ages and levels of riders from beginners to advanced. Trained in Ireland with many years experience. Cumbuslang, Glasgow, 07973 418162 / 01416 340465


Tonya Clement BETCM, BETRL, BHS INT.SM, UKCC Level 2 local riding instructor for all ages and levels. Aviemore, 07853 776519 / 01349 465067 Carole MacDonald BHSAI and Intermediate Stable Manager. Available for private or group lessons and clinics, including flatwork and jumping tuition. Will travel 30 miles for private lessons and further for group. Inverness, 01463 798495 / 07808 023442 Cara MacFarlane Backing, schooling and riding instruction. All ages and stages of children and adults. Regular XC & WH clinics throughout the summer. Freelance instruction at your home or arenas local to you. Fortrose, 07403 071117 Margaret Wylie BHSI specialising in dressage. Teaches jumping at all ages and levels. Fortrose, 07815 798918


Andrew Hamilton International show jumper and BSJA coach Carluke, 07974 744421 / 01555 771502

David Gatherer Well-established event rider, coach and consultant, regular training across Scotland. Kilmacolm, 01505 874229


Scottish Borders

Sue Grice BHSAI, Intermediate Stable Manager; Dressage/Flatwork instructor to all ages and levels. Works on improving communication between horse and rider. Also offers training for BHS exams and stable management instruction. Forres, 01343 890751 / 07506 552875 Sarah Murray BHSI, HNC Equine Studies, SVQF Level 8, HSE First Aid, Safeguarding Children, experienced with a sympathetic approach to nervous riders and young horses. Available for lessons or clinics. Rothiemay, 07789 991241

Perth & Kinross

Sarah Houlden British Eventing Accredited Coach, UKCC Level 3 and EFI Level 2 Coach, represented Great Britain on five British Event Teams. Strathearn Eventing, 07802 559127 / 01738 840263 Diana Zadja Dressage, show jumping and cross country; BYRDS trainer for BD. Dunning, 01764 684108 / 07761 637245 Louisa Milne-Home RC/PC/individual coaching across all disciplines. EFI Level 1 and UKCC Level 2 qualified. Tuition available on your own horse at her yard. Milnathort, 01577 863 758 / 07786 994 239 Kay Gebbie BHSAI, Intermediate Teaching test, Intermediate stable management, UKCC Level 3 Generic, World Class Paralympic Elite Squad for 5 years and, representing GB in Sydney 2000. Teaches Riding/Pony club, camps and competition riders from Novice to Advanced. Kinross, 01259 781407 / 07974 935444 Carol Stanley BHSII, confidence giver from beginner to competition riders, exam students, pony and riding club students. Auchterarder, 07951 541819 Rachael Maclean BHSPTT, UKCC Level 2, offers group or private lessons to adults and children of all levels for flatwork, jumping or cross country. Milnathort, 01770 83022 Rebecca Chalmers Over 25 years experience backing young stock with both traditional methods and natural horsemanship. Also available to help with schooling problems. Blairgowrie, 01828 626172 / 07884 060648 Heather Carstairs BHSII, Stable Management, UKCC Level 3 Generic, 40 years experience in generic coaching, with emphasis on dressage. List 4 dressage judge, and teaches side saddle. Auterarder, 01764 682207 / 07977 422101 Andrew Dewer-McCabe Adult lessons, 2-3 day courses and group introductions to Horsemanship. Kinloch-Rannoch, 07775 399329

Catherine Eardley BHSAI, Intermediate Teaching Test, UKCC Level 3 Generic, dressage coach up to small tour and four star eventing. Focused on basics and supportive of those just starting competitive career. Less-confident riders are a speciality. Berwickshire, 07802 216795 Les Smith BHSII, SM, DR, HT certified, clinics and training available across Scotland. Berwickshire, 01578 665134 / 07759 665134 Jenny Leggate BHSI, FRDA, UKCC Level 3, Vaulting, 40 years of horse and rider training in diverse equestrian disciplines, and riders with special and exceptional needs. Training and development advice to RDA coaches. Greenlaw, 07803 038683 Claire Marshall BHSAI, UKCC Level 2, Intermediate Stable Manager, Pony Club and RDA accredited coach, experienced competitor and freelance instructor available to teach all levels and abilities. Home facilities, outdoor arena and jumps. Berwickshire, 07939 578455 / 01896 848276

Livery yards Aberdeenshire

Easter Mains Livery Bright indoor arena with excellent surface, outdoor arena, spacious Loddon stables with automatic drinkers, training mirrors, show jumps, equestrian showers and wash bay, feed storage, secure tack room, kitchen and facilities, hacking in the Kingswells area, allyear grazing. Kingswells, 01224 740251 / 07969 025585 Fountain Equestrian Centre 66m x 30m indoor arena, three more floodlit allweather outdoor arenas, show jumps, large spacious stables and undercover heated horse shower. Dyce, 01224 773683 The Cabin Equestrian Two outdoor arenas 80m x 40m and 45m x 25m, two indoor schools, viewing, cafe and toilet facilities, hacking in the surrounding woodland. Inverurie, 01467 624378 Redwing Livery Yard Grass livery and large, shared barns, limited stables available, field shelters, all-weather sand school, grass jumping paddock, off-road hacking, tack room with individual lockers and toilet. Maryculter, 01224862413


Martin Arnot BS and BE accredited coach UKCC LEVEL 3 coach, EFI LEVEL 2 coach, ridden successfully at 3* international three day event level and 4* international showjumping level.

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Ian Stark International event rider and trainer; BE Master Coach. Selkirk, 01750 20202 / 07831 355674


Glasgow & Stirling

Elizabeth Love BHSII, Stable Management, UKCC Level 3, happy to help any age of rider in all three disciplines with competitions/exam work. Biggar, 07795 824246 / 01555 880489


David Harland UKCC level 3 coach and this years BS Coach of the Year, Scottish Grade C champion and experienced competitor available to teach all levels and abilities across Scotland. Edinburgh 07811 473614


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EQy Balhagan Equestrian Large outdoor arena with excellent shelter complete with derby bank, range of jumps and fillers, airy 12ft x 12ft stables with automatic drinkers and hay bars, individual turnout paddocks, excellent hacking. Banff, 07855 763475 Sunnyside Livery Stables Large outdoor arena with full range of show jumps and fillers, summer grass jumping paddock with wide range of jumps, large wellventilated stables, grazing, lovely hacking. Cults, 01224 869982 Aberdeen Riding Club 24m x 72m well-lit indoor arena with variety of show jumps and viewing area, 35m x 58m all-weather floodlit outdoor arena with full set of show jumps and fillers, extensive members’ cross country course, range of stable sizes 10ft x 10ft to 16ft x 14ft, 3 secure tack rooms, 2 feed stores, feed room, clipping area/wash bay, toilet and kitchen facilities, summer and winter turnout. Milltimber, 01224 862431 Millpond Livery 30m x 35m floodlit outdoor arena, spacious barn-style stables, 30 acres of grazing, plenty of hacking on quiet road, disused railways or off-road tracks, large secure tack room, toilet and kitchen facilities. Newmachar, 01651 862 887 Hogholm Stables 63m x 20m well-lit indoor arena with training mirrors, set of jumps and viewing gallery, 60m x 20m floodlit outdoor arena with training mirrors, 50m x 45m floodlit outdoor with jumps, round pen, purpose-built American Barn stables, daily turnout, secure tack room, heated toilet and changing room, access to hacking. Inverurie, 07860 625651 Swanley Livery DIY livery, 40m x 60m outdoor arena with set of jumps, new spacious stables, plenty of grazing, miles of off-road hacking. Stonehaven, 07720 349795 / 07834 711202 Wardhaugh Farm Riding Centre 40m x 20m indoor school with jumps, spacious indoor stables, tack room, extensive hacking, small on-site tack shop. Nr Huntly, 01466 781803 Ladymire Equestrian Centre 20m x 60m outdoor arena, large indoor school with viewing area, spacious stables, excellent off-road hacking, on-site tack shop. Ellon, 01358 729969 Muiryhaugh Farm Livery 20m x 60m outdoor arena, grass jumping paddock with jumps and small selection of cross country jumps weather permitting, secure tack and feed room, excellent off-road hacking, 40 acres of grazing. By Banchory, 01330 850260


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Auchlishie Livery 60m x 45m outdoor arena, 40m x 30m outdoor warm-up arena, well-lit 46m x 21m indoor arena, complete set of BS show jumps, British Eventing-approved cross country course up to Novice level, large well-ventilated stables, extensive hacking. Kirriemuir, 01575574458 Pathhead Equestrian Centre Large purpose-built indoor arena, jumping paddock, outdoor arena, purpose-made hacking routes around fields, large stables, secure tack room, tack and feed store on premises. Kirriemuir, 01575 572173 Tarry Farm Livery Grass livery available with stable/field shelter, jump paddock, automatic drinkers, good hacking, secure tack room and friendly experienced people to help (if required). Hard feed and haylage available if required. Arbroath, 07511 801727 Muirdrum Livery Yard Various-sized stables with good-qualilty straw and haylage with each horse’s individual needs catered for, well-maintained secure paddock with all year turn out. Starvation paddocks available in summer. Large floodlit arena with full set of show jumps. Carnoustie, 07590 546723 Govanhill Equestrian Centre Two floodlit outdoor arenas, 60m x 20m, with a full range of show jumps, grass 60m x 20m jumping paddock with natural fences, purpose-built cross-country jumps, 12ft x 12ft stables with rubber matting, plenty of secure grazing, miles of off-road hacking to the beach and Rossie Moor. Montrose, 01674 673583

Argyll & Bute

Ardencaple Livery Full-size indoor arena with set of show jumps, 12ft x 12ft indoor stables with rubber matting and automatic drinkers, indoor wash area, allyear grazing, two secure tack rooms, excellent off-road hacking. Helensburgh, 01436 820220 / 07711 022646; Colgrain Equestrian Centre Purpose-built indoor arena with viewing gallery, outdoor arena, show jumps and cross country training fences, horse walker, secure tack room, horse shower and solarium. Cardross, 01389 842022 Drumfork Farm Canadian-style stables, outdoor all-weather floodlit arena, set of show jumps and cavaletti poles, tack area and rug hanger for each stable, mixed paddocks with all-year turn out, separate paddocks, solarium. Helensburgh, 01436 673409 Gryffeside Livery Yard 30m x 45m all-weather floodlit outdoor arena with training mirrors and show jumps, turn out/ lunge pen, indoor stables with rubber matting and automatic drinkers, secure tack rooms with plenty of storage, all-year turn out, wash box, common area and toilet, on-site shop. 07973 930285


Burnochmill Equestrian Luxury barn-style stabling, indoor and outdoor arenas, grass jumping paddock, cross country course, training paddock, spacious stables with rubber matting, all-year turnout tailored to individual needs, quiet on/off-road hacking, heated tack room, comfy seating area for tea and coffee, toilet. Cumnock, 07740 365809 Ayrshire Equitation Centre 50m x 25m outdoor school, 55m x 30m indoor arena with full lighting and viewing gallery, small cross country course, full set of show jumps, working hunter fences, Americanstyle purpose-built stables, all-year turnout, all-weather riding track, large feed room and rug store, clubroom and tack shop. Ayr, 01292 266267 Selected Horses Livery Service Large indoor arena, large outdoor arena, full set of show jumps and fillers, solarium and hot water wash bay, large stables, hacking. Kilmarnock, 01560 700237 Bonnyton Stables 55m x 35m school with show jumps and working hunter jumps, summer grass jumping paddock, some cross country jumps, purposebuilt 12m x 10m indoor stables with external windows and hay bars, horse shower, locked feed room and tack room, quiet on and offroad hacking. Drongan, 01292 592305 Lionsgate Riding Centre Outdoor arena with full set of show jumps available in summer, good-sized airy stables with rubber matting available, grass arena, 24hr supervision. Ayr, 01292 261556 Craigengillen Riding Centre Outdoor school with variety of show jumps, large, light and airy stables, year-round grass turnout, miles of off-road hacking/trekking on the Craigengillen country estate and Galloway Forest Park, comfortable club room. Dalmellington, 01292 550594 Muirmill Equestrian Centre 60m x 25m main indoor arena, 40m x 20m warm-up arena, 50m x 17m long arena and 105m x 36m large outdoor arena, large stables, grazing and summer turnout, large woodfine turnout area that can be used at all times, off-road hacking. 07968 622701 Dean Castle Riding Centre 60m x 40m all-weather floodlit outdoor arena and variety of show jumps, acres of quality grassland for turnout at any time, off-road hacking, wash bay, toilet facilities, Kilmarnock, 01563 541123 WCF Equestrian 20m x 40m fully floodlit all-weather outdoor arena, indoor arena, show jumps, horse walker, large, bright stables with rubber matting, hacking and full livery packages available. Nr Lugton, 01505 850188 2016

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Thorniewhats Livery Yard Small outdoor arena, stables of varied sizes but all well ventilated and spacious with rubber matting and hay bars available. Horses can be turned out all summer, large secure tack room, plenty of fields and farm tracks to ride out on. Canonbie, 01387 371901 / 07759 620179 Torran Livery 48m x 20m floodlit outdoor arena, large airy stables, heated tack room, feed store, all-year turnout in individual paddocks or groups, hot horse shower and solarium, great hacking on country lanes or in forestry. Nr Castle Douglas, 01556 680228 / 07821 079223 Gallowhill Riding Centre Sand arena, exercise paddock, purpose-built stabling, grazing, shared tack room, drying room, feed barn, plenty of hacking and trekking available on bridleways and through forestry. Penninghame, 07796 382736 Douglas Hall Farmhouse Friendly, knowledgeable yard, clean stables with rubber matting, turnout, lunge pen and fantastic hacking, grass area for riding when dry, arena 25 minutes ride away. Nr Lockerbie 01576 510232 / 07990 654937 Graitney Equestrian Olympic-sized, floodlit outdoor arena with show jumps, spacious stables, group and individual turnout available, access to beach and bridleways. Gretna, 01461 758306 / 07548 604193


Easterton Stables All-weather floodlit outdoor arena, indoor floodlit arena, horse walker, cross country course, exercise track, spacious stables, excellent scenic hacking, breaking and schooling. Milngavie, 0141-956 1518 Kenmure Riding School 50m x 25m outdoor arena with show jumps, covered horse walker, small indoor school, horse shower and solarium, large airy stables with rubber matting and automatic drinkers, grazing and winter turnout, access to hacking. Bishopbriggs, 0141-772 3041

Rockrose Equestrian Centre FEI size indoor arena, 60m x 40m outdoor arena, 50m x 70m grass arena, full set of FEI standard show jump set, BSJA approved training jumps, mobile flag cross country jumps, dressage horse simulator, training mirrors, video analysis and body mapping technologies, water treadmill, grass gallops, lecture facilities, spacious, well-ventilated stables, secure tack rooms, private off-road hacking. East Linton, 07793 804587 East Lothian Livery 60m x 25m all-weather, floodlit arena. 65m x 30m grass arena and a second large grass arena for working hunter, American-style barns with purpose-built, Monarch stables, daily turnout all year, miles of safe off-road hacking. Longniddry, 07964 289957 Blackberry Farm DIY stable and grass livery, 10ft x 11ft stables, excellent grazing, 25hr CCTV, local hacking, soon to have new arena. Thorntonloch, 01368 840326 / 07971 946708, White Sands Equestrian 12 x 12ft stables with rubber matting and automatic drinkers in a purpose-built American barn. 20 x 40m floodlit arena, smaller arena, ideal for lunging and groundwork, great off-road countryside and beach hacking, secure tack room and storage facilities, toilet, studio with lectures, access to books and DVDs, tea and coffee area, rug wash/repair facility on site. Broxmouth, 01368 863700 / 07791 445218


Blue Ridge Equestrian International-sized indoor arena with BS approved show jumps, brand new floodlit all-weather outdoor arena, modern barn-style stables, horse walker, hot horse shower, plenty of hacking on the doorstep. Wester Shieldhill, 01324 621 553 / 07860 479836 Babbithill Stables Bright and airy, spacious stables with a range of different sizes, well-maintained fields with all-year turnout, floodlit 20m x 40m outdoor school, secure tack rooms, outdoor and indoor tie up areas, toilet, hayshed, kettle for teas, on road or off-road hacking available. Avonbridge, 01324 861248 / 07581 417382


Airdits Farm DIY livery yard, large floodlit outdoor arena, grass arena in spring/summer, full set of show jumps, large stables in American barns. Experienced owner on site. All-year turnout. Secure tack room. Nr Ladybank, 07801 370025 Balcormo Stud Situated just outside Leven, Balcormo stud farm has a 25x50m indoor arena, a 20x60m outdoor arena and offers training sessions in all disciplines. 07715 545769 Bouprie Farm Livery Two large floodlit outdoor all-weather arenas, large, well-ventilated stables, secure tack room, plenty of hacking, solarium, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Aberdour, 01383 860380 / 07817 808705 2016

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Cultsmill Livery DIY livery yard, floodlit indoor arena, safe and secure. Three miles from Cupar, 01334 652498 Wester Pitmenzie Livery Good-sized, well-ventilated stables, large secure tack room, all-year turn out, 50m x 30m floodlit all-weather outdoor arena, solarium, five horse walker, unlimited forestry hacking, cross country training jumps. The Glassarts, Authermuchty 01337 828164 / 07964 872794 Parknowe Farm Livery 50m x 25m indoor arena, floodlit outdoor arena, 12ft x 12ft rubber matted stables, cross country course and jumping paddock, secure tack and reed rooms, rug wash, indoor tie up and wash bay, extensive hacking and views of the sea. Near Dairsie, Cupar, 01334 870 606 / 07584 014139 Muirhead Livery 40m x 22m indoor school with mirrors and gallery view, 60m x 30m outdoor all-weather arena, grass jumping paddock, feed room and equipment storage space, hot water shower, cross country jumps available with instruction. Two miles outside Crail, 07779 136425 / 01333 450865 Scottish Equestrian Centre – Bowhouse Two indoor arenas (34m x 22m and 42m x 22m) one with viewing gallery, 60m x 40m floodlit outdoor arena, on-site tack shop and feed store, BHS approved yard, over 40 bright, well-ventilated stables with automatic drinkers. Kinglassie, 01592 882600 Hiltonhill Farm Livery All-weather outdoor arena, indoor arena, perimeter rides (with jumps), stables with rubber matting, storage and tack room, excellent off-road hacking. Kingskettle, Cupar, 01337 832767 / 07521 010045 Loch View Stables 40m x 25m indoor arena with full set of show jumps and cushion track surface, secure paddocks, 12m x 12m American barn-style stables with automatic drinkers, solarium and wash bay, secure tack room, hacking. Singseat, Cowdebeath, 07871 000141 Ovenstone Equine 40m x 20m indoor arena with lightweight jumps, 70m x 30m outdoor arena with floodlights, all-year turn out, American barnstyle, well-ventilated stables, off-road hacking and changing rooms. Anstruther, 01333 720275 / 07816 394199 Drumcarrow Equestrian 48m x 30m indoor arena with full set of jumps, 60m x 25m outdoor arena with full set of jumps, derby bank and floodlights, high quality stables with rubber matting, water drinker and hay racks, lunging pen, horse walker, solarium and shower, plenty of off-road hacking. Denhead, St Andrews, 07811 480233 / 07816 254075


Magbiehill Stables Biggest outdoor arena in the West of Scotland measuring 100m x 50m with floodlights, wellventilated American barn stabling, secure tack boxes for each stable,130 acres of grassland for hacking, outside wash bay. 07974 706045

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Greenfields of Avondale 22m x 42m indoor arena with dressage mirrors, viewing gallery, 60m x 35m allweather outdoor arena, full set of show jumps, BE cross country course, JumpCross training and competition course, purpose-built American barn 12 x 12 stables, secure tack room and feed room, all-weather canter track, all-weather turn-out pen, 60 acres off-road hacking, livery owners kitchen facilities, 200 acres grazing land. Drumclog, 01357 440296 / 0777 578 2296


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Blackfaulds Farm DIY livery yard, 40m x 20m floodlit all weather outdoor arena, grass jumping paddock, stables of various sizes, all year round turnout, secure tack room, clean and organised free room, plenty of scenic hacking, kitchen and bathroom. Ruchazie, 07783620432/01417742112

Highlands & Moray

Ellands Livery DIY or part livery services, 60m x 40m Rubber and sand school, 30m x 40m woodchip arena, all year individual turn out, spacious indoor stables, undercover tie up and wash off areas, hacking available. Forres, Moray, 01309 641483 Seaforth Riding Centre 46m x 24m indoor school, 35m x 30m outdoor school, range of show jumps, two large secure tack rooms, common room with kettle, fridge and microwave, toilet, indoor tie up, 43 acres of safe, well fenced grazing, with automatic water troughs, hacking available. Dingwall, Ross-shire, 01349 865495/07748 016685 Burgie Farm Livery Two all-weather surfaces, indoor school & newly refurbished outdoor arena, lovely large stables in well-lit barns, full BE cross country course up to Intermediate, plenty of hacking. Forres, Moray, 07810 101727 Wester Lovat Equestrian DIY livery, large outdoor arena with various show jumps, small indoor school, large airy stables, access to hacking, summer grass jumping paddock, tack/feed room, toilet and kitchen facilities, heated drying room. Beauly, 07736 957 942 Cairn O’Mhor Livery Yard 20m x 40m floodlit all weather outdoor arena with a range of show jumps and fillers, grass working hunter paddock, large, purpose built indoor stables, secure tack room, feed room and hay shed, plenty of summer and winter grazing, good hacking available, CCTV security. Dingwall, 01349 863138

Baads Farm Livery Floodlit 30m x 20m indoor school with jumps, Floodlit 40m x 30m outdoor arena with jumps, Large, bright and airy stables, Wash bay, Clients kitchen, sitting room and toilet facilities, Secure tack room, Clients feed storage, Secure horsebox/ trailer parking, Year round turnout, Excellent grazing, Access to on and off road hacking. Shotts, 07762 308776 Southburn Livery 40m x 25m floodlit outdoor all weather arena, well lit indoor arena, set of show jumps and filles, grass riding field, small course of cross country jumps, 14ft x 12ft barn style stables with rug rails, all year turn out, miles of on road or off road hacking. Netherburn, 01698 887734 Woodhead Farm DIY and assisted livery, variety of stables to suit your horse, full summer grazing, winter turnout, use of our well maintained outdoor flood-lit school, large stables, access to hacking. Uddingston, 01698 813362/07999 885880 Hillhead Equestrian Centre Large indoor school with show jumps, spacious indoor stables with rubber matting, wash bay, hot horse shower and solarium, grazing, access to hacking. Carluke, 07503 287653/01555 772151 Hyndshawland Farm Stables 42m x 20m well-lit indoor arena, 40m x 60m floodlit outdoor arena, both with set of show jumps, variation of stable sizes from 10ft x 13ft to 13ft x 18ft, state of the art wash bay, secure tack room with heater, tea and coffee making facilities, toilet, washing machine for saddle cloths, bandages etc, plenty of grazing (cross grazing with sheep) and plenty of hacking on or off road. Nr Biggar, 01899 810304/07774 614776 Stanmore Stables 50m x 26m indoor arena, 60m x 32m all weather floodlit outdoor arena, full set of safety jumps, secure grazing, access to hacking, heated indoor and outdoor viewing area with refreshments available, indoor wash bay and solarium, horse walker, rug racks and saddle racks at every stable, secure tack room with individual secure lockers for every livery, toilet, livery meeting room with free tea and coffee, 24hour onsite supervision, CCTV Lanark, 01555 700531

Logie Farm Riding Centre 80 acre farm is set in Findhorn valley, wonderful country for long or short trail rides with miles of off road hacking, huge amount of all year grazing, extensive and varied cross country course, choice of pools in the river Findhorn to swim on the horses. Glenferness, 01309 651226

Tannoch Stables Fully lit indoor school with training mirrors, all weather jumping paddock, two all-weather floodlit arenas, show jumps and working hunter jumps, heated viewing gallery, spacious stables, off road hacking to Palacerigg County Park, plenty of secure grazing, 24 hour security, horse walker, all weather gallops, horse shower. Cumbernauld, 01236 733424

Broomhill Riding Centre Large all weather floodlit outdoor arena with range of show jumps and fillers, large well lit indoor school, spacious stables, secure tack room, feed room, cafe and warm viewing gallery, toilet facilities, on-site tack shop, miles of off road hacking and route to beach. Fortrose, 01381 620214

Mid Drumloch Equestrian Centre 24m x 44m floodlit indoor arena, 47m x 32m all weather outdoor arena with safety jumps, summer grass riding paddock, stables of all sizes, 100 acres of all year turn out, large field with natural shelter for living out during the winter, secure, alarmed tack room, toilet. Hamilton, 01357300273 2016

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Avalon Equestrian Centre 60m x 20m all weather floodlit outdoor arena, 30 acres of grass paddock turnout with mares and geldings kept separately, covered wash bay/ farrier area, secure tack rooms and storage areas, room with kitchen and washroom, dedicated winter turnout paddock, all weather sand turnout, spacious stables with automatic water drinkers, adjacent to bridle path leading to Chatelherault Country Park offering safe off-road hacking. Larkhill, 07713 716873

Midlothian Pentland House Stables BHS Approved, 40m x 30m outdoor arena with coloured jumps, fillers and floodlights, 50m x 17m indoor school, horse walker, wash bay, all year round turn out, plenty of off road hacking. Damhead, 01314452235 Edinburgh Equestrian Centre Three all weather outdoor schools, indoor school and round pen, woodland tracks and grass tracks for hacking, grazing available Dalkeith, 01316542563 Swanston Livery Indoor and outdoor arenas, jumping paddock and grass riding arena, field shelters, ample hacking in the Pentland area. Swanston, 01314452239 Tower Farm Riding Stables 45m x 25m well lit indoor school, 60m x 45m floodlit sand arena, 38m x 19m floodlit arena Blackford, 01316643375 Thornton Livery Large floodlit 80m x 40m outdoor arena with full set of show jumps and 20m x 40m dressage area, 20m x 40m indoor school, 12ft x 12ft/12ft x 14ft American barn style stables, year round grazing, miles of off road hacking. Rosewell, 01314402082/07736380641 Lasswade Stables Large indoor school, turnout during summer – live in during the winter, tack room, livery cabin. Lasswade, 01316637676 Kirkettle Farm Livery Floodlit outdoor all weather arena, various stable sizes, all year turnout, extensive off road hacking, lunge area, show jumps of grass, secure tack room, toilet and changing facilities. Roslin, 01314402709/07984380633 Newhouse Livery Yard 20m x 40m floodlit arena with show jumps, top quality hardwood stables with rubber matting, secure, well maintained paddocks, 2 secure tack rooms, plenty of hacking, changing room and toilets. Kirknewton, 07788502121

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Incharvie Equestrian Services Large outdoor floodlit area with set of show jumps and fillers, excellent off road hacking including easy access to the beach, spacious and well ventilated stables, wash bay and hot horse shower, plenty of grazing. Leven, 07871511810



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EQy Temple Farm Livery Spacious indoor and outdoor schools, range of portable cross country jumps, 400 acres of off road hacking, 12ft x 12ft American barn style stables, hot horse showers, two secure and heated tack rooms, cosy mobile home for tea and coffee, changing rooms. Gorebridge, 01875830566 Cousland Park Livery 60m x 30m floodlit outdoor school with full set of show jumps, large indoor school with training mirrors, stabling, all year turn out and round pen, excellent off road hacking. Nr Dalkeith, 07751720691 Mountskip Livery 38m x 28m floodlit indoor school and selection of jumps, floodlit outdoor arena, large purpose built stables with automatic drinkers, common room with toilets and showers, show jumps and cross country jumps. Gorebridge, 07762 232649 Springfield Farm Livery DIY livery yard, 20m x 40m floodlit outdoor arena, horse wash area, off road hacking with range of small jumps available, WC/wash room, 24 hour CCTV. Penicuik, 07919 524699 Meadowhead Farm Livery DIY livery yard, 20m x 60m and 45m x 75m outdoor arenas with a range of show jumps and stunning views, spacious stables, grazing, off road hacking on the Morton Hall Estate. Morton Mains Livery DIY livery yard, 20m x 60m outdoor school, large stables, grazing, off roads hacking on the Morton Hall Estate.


Foreside Livery 20m x 40m floodlit outdoor sand school with plenty of jumps, 20m round pen, large airy boxes, daily turnout and 5 heated stables for older horses, heated feed room, hot horse shower and solarium, undercover tie up area, secure and alarmed tack room. Neilston, 07837 080058


Carbeth Home Farm 20m x 40m indoor arena, plenty of grazing, Monarch/Loddon 11ft x 12ft stables with automatic drinkers and rubber matting, miles of hacking through woodland with pathways and small cross country jumps. Balfron, 01360 551060 Hillside of Row Equestrian 50m x 35m outdoor floodlit arena with range of show jumps, selection of cross county jumps, 12ft x 13ft to 13ft x 15ft stables with automatic water drinkers and rubber matting, all year turnout, individual turnout available, summer grass riding paddock, plenty of hacking. Dunblane, 01786 824171/07595273479


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Perth & Kinross Inchcoonans Equestrian 36m x 26m indoor arena with training mirrors and floodlights, 40m x 60m floodlit all weather main arena and 30m x 50m wood side arena, BS style jumps and working hunter fences, PowerX course, spacious and well ventilated stables, paddocks for grazing, individual turnout pen with all-weather surface, grass gallops and all weather gallops, horse walker, solarium. Errol, 01821 641185/07986 687710 Drummawhance Farm Livery 25m x 45m all-weather outdoor arena, fully floodlit, 20m x 40m grass dressage arena, grass play paddock including a selection of show jumps and cross country fences, purpose built indoor stables, all year round day grazing, excellent road and off road hacking, 24hr on site supervision. Auchterarder, 07775 995680 KA Equestrian 40m x 20m floodlit all weather outdoor arena, all weather gallops, mini cross country course, spacious stables with automatic drinkers, well maintained grazing or individual turnout, access to hacking. Crook of Devon, 07545 274 440 Crieff Hydro Equestrian Large well-lit indoor arena with range of jumps, outdoor summer grass jumping paddock with working hunter fences, spacious stables, access to hacking. Crieff, 01764651830 Moneydie Equestrian Livery ‘Springway’ riding arena, jumping field, off road hacking. Qualified 24 hour supervision, 5 star care, comfortable common room with heaters, kettle, microwave, individual lockers in tack room. Luncarty, 01738582045 Gannochy Saddle Club DIY livery yard, large outdoor arena with full set of show jumps and fillers, spacious undercover stables, grazing, access to off road hacking. Kinnoull Hill, 01738 625077

Scottish Borders Saint Foin Riding Stables All weather outdoor school with show jumps, 12ft x 12ft well ventilated stables, small selection of Cross Country jumps, wash area, tie ups, secure tack room, 24hr supervision, 150 acre grazing area. Birgham, 07885 562771 Bowhill Stables Full size arena with floodlights, full set of show jumps, spacious stables with rubber matting, 25 acres of sheltered grazing for all year turnout, secure tack rooms, surrounded by miles of off road hacks. Selkirk, 01750 20076/07901 548387 Kailzie Equestrian Centre Floodlit outdoor school, horse walker, spacious stables, plenty of grazing, miles of country rides and forest tracks just minutes from yard. Peebles, 01721 729 121/07703 165 777

Nenthorn Equestrian Centre Indoor school with viewing gallery, large outdoor school, selection of show jumps, selfcontained spacious stabling, access to hacking. Kelso, 07762992321/01573224073 Stable Life & Equine Centre 40m x 20m well-lit indoor school with training mirrors and viewing gallery, 40m x 20m floodlit outdoor school, large selection of show jumps and fillers, spacious stables, plenty of grazing, fantastic hacking, secure tack room, tea/coffee making facilities. Selkirk, 0175032277 Towerburn Stables DIY or schooling livery, 40m x 20m floodlit outdoor arena, large selection of selection of show jumps, fillers and cross country jumps, summer grass riding paddock, secure and spacious stables, daily turnout, 20 acres of well-maintained pastures, access to great hacking, 24 hour supervision. Jedburgh,07787816447

West Lothian Little Ochiltree Stables Large indoor and outdoor arenas with a selection of jumps, grass jumping paddock and grass dressage arena in summer, secure tack room, large feed room, excellent hacking and Beecraigs national park, 10 minute off road hack to SNEC. Ecclesmachen, 01506834599/07763783094 Westmuir Equine Services 40m x 23m well lit indoor arena, 45m x 25m floodlit outdoor arena, purpose built stabling with rubber matting, secure tack room, feed room and hay barn, heated reception room for tea and coffee, lovely grazing with electric drinkers, good off road hacking. Nr Kirkliston, 01313312990/07779647505 Kirklands Equestrian Floodlit all weather outdoor arena with selection of jumps, grass jumping paddock weather permitting, well maintained spacious stables, secure tack room, feed room, ample grazing, plenty of great hacking. Nr Broxburn, 07977 474450 Ormiston Livery Yard (Jo Barry Dressage) 20m x 60m floodlit all weather outdoor arena, 12ft x 12ft stables with automatic drinkers and rubber matting, excellent all year turnout, access to quite hacking, wash bay and hot horse shower, kitchen and toilet facilities, 24 hour supervision. Kirknewton, 01506 880032/07703 039814 Whitfield Farm Livery 20m x 40m floodlit indoor school, full set of show jumps, 12ft x 12ft or 12ft x 14ft stables with rubber matting, automatic drinkers and hay bays, round pen, planned all weather turnout area, canter track. West Linton, 07967750003 2016

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To find out more, request a prospectus, or arrange to come to see Kilgraston for yourself, please contact Mrs Barbara McGarva on or 01738 812 257.

Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perth, PH2 9BQ Kilgraston School Trust is a charity. Scottish Charity Number SC029664

Scotland’s only school equestrian centre 2016

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All the dates you need in 2016

All dates are correct at time of going to press. Please check with the venues nearer the time.


June 2016 1-4 SE Camp ride, Glenmarkie 3-4 BS Cabin, Aberdeenshire, seniors/club 4-5 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 4 BD Tillyoch EC, Peterculter 4 Scottish Arabian Championships, Morris equestrian centre, Ayrshire 4 Campsie Show, Bogton Farm, Torrance 4 Central & West Fife Show, Kelty 4 Newmilns Show, Loudon Castle 4 Fingask Style Jumping, Inchcoonans, Errol 4 Courier/BHS Scotland/Riding Club Working Hunter Blair qualifier, Argyll 4 SCDA Cothal, Aberdeen 5 Working Hunter Show Stranraer 5 Showing Show Morris EC, Ayrshire 5 Courier Working Hunter/Blair Qualifier, Ayr Riding Club 5 SE Drymen 5 SE Gordon, Borders 5 Stranraer & District Riding Club, Working Hunter Show 5 Showing Show Blueridge EC, Falkirk 5 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, juniors 5 BS Rockrose, Haddington, Cat 2, seniors 5 BD Dark Deer Croft, Inverness 5 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire 5 BD West Kype, Strathaven 5 Open show jumping, Valleyfield Equestrian 5 Strathisla Riding Club Annual Show, Knock Farm, Moray 5 FHPC Open team showjumping, Pony Club Field, Balcormo, Fife 8 BS Morris EC, Ayrshire, evening, junior 10-12 BS Ingliston, senior 10 SE Evening ride, Maryburgh 10 -11 Eagles Vaulting Group camp 10-11 BD Lochside Arena, Isle of Lewis


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11 BD Seaforth Riding Centre, Dingwall 11 BD Muirmill EC, Ayrshire 11-12 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire 11-12 BD Rockrose EC, Haddington 11-12 SE Dunkeld, Perthshire 11-12 SCDA Falkland, Fife 11-12 NPS Summer Show, Highfield at Howe, Fife, (Working Hunters Sunday) 11 Angus Show, Brechin Castle Equestrian 11 Stirling Agricultural Show 11 Stewarts Working Hunter & Fingask Castle style jumping, West Kype Riders Club, Strathaven 11 Fingask Style Jumping, Caithness Riding Club 11-12 BS Tillyoch , Peterculter, seniors 11 BS Blue Ridge, Falkirk, juniors 11-12 BD aff/unaff dressage, Rockrose 12 BE Burgie 12 Eagles Vaulting Group Camp, ??where 12 Fife Riding Club open showing, Glenrothes 12 BSPS Summer Show, Muirmill, Ayrshire 12 FRC Open Showing Show, Glenrothes, Fife 12 FFH Pick a Fence, Craigie, Fife 12 SE Tarland, Aboyne 12 SE Beach ride, Annan, Dumfries 12 WH Show Highfield EC Howe, Fife 12 NAF Ian Stark Grassroots Summer Arena Event, Ian Stark EC, Borders 12 BS Ingliston, seniors 12 BS SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian, seniors 12 BS Mundole, Forres, club/mixed 14 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, senior 15 BD Fountain EC, Dyce, Aberdeenshire 17-19 Seacliff, North Berwick, FEI Endurance 17-18 Morris Equestrian Centre 17-19 Hopetoun International, Edinburgh 17-19 BS Cabin, Aberdeenshire, Cat 1& 2, senior 17 BS Hopetoun Horse Trials, Edinburgh, senior 18 Working Hunter Show, Blueridge, Falkirk 18 Moray Riding Club, pick a fence, Burgie 18-19 SNEC, Oatridge W Lothian, seniors 18 Stewart Working Hunter/Blair Qualifier, Inchcoonans, Errol 18 Alyth & District Show, Blairgowrie 18-19 BD Ladyleys, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire 18-19 BD Morris EC, Ayrshire 19 BD Inchcoonans, Errol, Perthshire 19 BD Mundole Equestrian, Moray 19 Scottish Vaulting competition, Rockrose, Haddington 19 Courier Working Hunter/Blair WH

Qualifier, South West Scotland Riding Club 19 BS Dark Deer Croft, Inverness, club/mixed 22 SE Irvine 22 BD Quest Club Easter Rattray, Blairgowrie 23-26 Royal Highland Show 25 BE Drumclog, Lanarkshire 25 BD Quest Club dressage Morris EC, Ayrshire 25-26 BD Gordon dressage Group, Cabin EC Aberdeenshire 25 BD Quest Club dressage, Barstobrick, Castle Douglas 25-26 - BYRDS Inter Regionals, ??where 25-26 Scottish Western Show, SNEC, W Lothian 26 SE training, Netherton EC, Perthshire 26 BS Mundole, Forres, club/mixed 28 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, senior

July 2016 1-3 SE Broughton, Borders 2 Inverness-shire Pony Club Summer Show, Dunaincroy 2 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, senior 2-3 BS Tillyoch EC, Peterculter, junior 2-3 SCDA Dalmeny South Queensferry 3 SNEC, Oatridge W Lothian, seniors 2 Haddington Show, East Lothian 2-3 BD Ian Stark EC, Borders 2 BD Fountain EC, Dyce, Aberdeenshire 3 SE Evanton, Dingwall 3 Coloureds Showing Show, Fife 3 EFRA Working Hunter/Blair Qualifiers, St Boswells 3 BD Dark Deer Croft, Inverness 3 BD Greenfields of Avondale, Strathaven 3 Show of Colours, Highfield at Howe, Fife 6 SE Irvine Beach, North Ayrshire 7 BS Morris EC, Ayrshire, evening, junior 9-10 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 9-10 BD Tillyoch Equestrian, Peterculter Aberdeen 9 Highland Pony Society Show, Brechin 9 BS Inchcoonans, seniors 9 BS Rockrose EC, Haddington, club/mixed 9 BD Brahan, Seaforth Riding Centre, Dingwall 9-10 Summer Show, Highfield at Howe, Fife 10 Forresterseat Hunter Trials, Glenfarg 10 Caledonian Riding Club Summer Show Muir of Ord 10 Muirmill EC Summer Show, Ayrshire 10 SE Dalmelington, Ayr 10 SE Newcastleton 2016

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3 Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord 5 Kintyre Show, Campbeltown 5-7 BS Ingliston, seniors 5-6 Perth show 5-7 BD Summer Regionals, Cabin, Aberdeenshire 6 Dumfries Show 6 Berwickshire Country Show, Berwickshire 6 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 6 BS Rockrose, Haddington, Adults 6-7 Muirmill derby show unaff 6-7 BE Hendersyde Park, Borders 6-7 Pony Club Grassroots Dressage and Showjump Chaps, Ian Stark EC, Borders 7 BS Rockrose, Haddington, club 7 BS SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian, junior 7 BS Dark Deer, Inverness, club/mixed 7 SE Kelty Fife 7 SE Maybole, Ayrshire 8 Machars Show Jumping, Wigtown 9 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, 12-14 BS Cabin EC, Aberdeenshire, senior 12-14 BS Morris, Ayrshire, seniors 13 Kinross Show, RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross 13-14 BE Dalkeith, Edinburgh 13 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire 13 BD Muirmill EC, Ayrshire 13 BD Brahan, Seaforth Riding Centre, Dingwall 13 BS Blue Ridge, Falkirk, seniors 14 SCDA Lourin Fair, Inverurie 14 BS Blue Ridge Falkirk, junior 14 BS Mundole Equestrian 14 BS Morris, seniors 14 BS SNEC, W Lothian, senior 14 NAF Ian Stark Grassroots Summer Arena Event, Ian Stark EC, Borders 14 Puddledub Show, Brechin Castle EC 14 SE Lochgilphead, Argyll 14 BD Rockrose EC Haddington 14 BD Tillyoch Equestrian, Peterculter Aberdeen 14 Pittenweem Gymkhana, Ovenstone EC, Fife 17 SE Irvine Beach, Ayrshire 19-21 BC Raehill,, Dumfries & Galloway 20-21 BD Gordon Dressage Group, Cabin EC, Aberdeenshire 20 BD Ian Stark EC, Borders 20-21 Inchcoonans, Errol, senior, 20-21 BS SNEC, W Lothian, mixed 20 Arena event, Brechin 20 One Day Event, Burgie 20 Shetland Show, Highfield at Howe, Fife 20-21 WES Show Tillyoch EC, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire 21 Open Dressage NEFRC, Balcormo field, Fife 21 SE Knock, Huntly 21 SE Lochfoot, Dumfries 21 BD Dark Deer Croft, Inverness 21 Letham Show, Highfield at Howe, Fife 21 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, seniors 21 Mundole, ???, club/mixed 2016

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21 West kype farm 22 Machars riding club dressage Wigtown 23 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, seniors cat 2 24 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire 24 Open mini cross country, Fife ??? PC? 25-28 BE Blair Castle Horse Trials 26 - NPS show finale Blair Castle 27 Cross country competition Eglinton Park 27-28 BD Ladyleys, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire 27-28 BD Morris EC, Ayrshire 28 SE Balvaird Farm, Strathmiglo, Fife 28 SE Kirkton Manor, Peebles 28 SE Highland pleasure TBA 28 BD Mundole EC, Moray 28 BS Dark deer, Inverness, club 21 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, juniors

September 2016 2-4 BD Scottish Championships, Rockrose, Haddington 2-4 SE Fetteresso Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire 3 BE Aswanley, Aberdeenshire 3-4 Showing extraveganza, Cabin EC, Aberdeenshire 3 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire 4 SE Argyll Challenge, Kilninver 4 SE Irvine Beach, Ayrshire 4 SE Lockerbie, Dumfries 4 SCDA Kingussie, Highland 4 Open show jumping champfleurie 3-4 BS Highfield at Howe, Fife, seniors 4 BD Tillyoch Equestrian, Milltimber, Aberdeen 4 BD Inchcoonans, Errol 4 BD Dark Deer Croft, Inverness 5 Argyll Challenge and team event 6 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, cat 2 7 BS Morris EC, juniors 10-11 BD Cabin EC, Aberdeenshire 10 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 10 BD Brahan, Seaforth Riding Centre, Dingwall 10 BD Dumfries Dressage, Barstobrick, Castle Douglas 10-11 BS Ingliston, seniors 10 BS Inchcoonans, Errol, juniors 10 BS Rockrose, Haddington juniors/club 10 -11 BS Tillyoch, Milltimber, Aberdeen, seniors 11 FRC Open HT Craigie, Fife 11 SE Balblair, Highland 11 SE Blairgowrie, Perthshire 11 Greenfields of avondale quest final 11 BS Inchcoonans, juniors 11 BS Rockrose, Haddington, club 11 BS SNEC, W Lothian, seniors 11 Autumn HT Strathearn Eventing 11 Autumn HT Craigie

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10 SE Spean Bridge, Highland 10 SE Newburgh Fife Beach ride and BBQ 10 BS Inchcoonans, Errol, juniors 10 BS Blue Ridge, Falkirk, seniors 12 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, cat 2 15-17 BS Scottish Summer Extraveganza Lanarkshire, seniors 16-17 BE Eglinton 16 North Ayrshire Riding Club ‘picnmix’, Eglinton Park 16-17 New Deer Show, Craigieford Park, Turrif 16-17 BD Rockrose EC, Haddington 16-17 BD Cabin EC, Aberdeenshire 16 NAF Ian Stark Grassroots Summer Arena Event, Ian Stark EC, Borders 17 SCDA Newport, Fife 17 Ian Stark EC, Borders, senior 17 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, cat 1&junior 17 SE Longformacus, Duns, Borders 17 BD Highfield EC Howe, Fife 18 Machars Riding Club Dressage, Wigtown 19 Scottish Horse Show, Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh 20 BD Fountain EC, Dyce, Aberdeenshire 23-24 BD Morris EC, Ayrshire 22-24 - Scottish Endurance Festival, Brodie Castle, Forres 21-24 BS Tillyoch, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, Scottish Pony Premier plus HOYS Qual 22-31 BS Cabin, Aberdeenshire, Sunshine Tour, senior 23-24 SCDA Barskimming, Ayrshire 23-24 BE Dupplin Perthshire 23 BS Blue Ridge, Falkirk, senior 23 St Boswells Show, St Boswells, Borders 23-24 BD Ladyleys, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire 24 BD Inchcoonans, Errol, Perthshire 24 BS Morris EC, Ayrshire, senior 24 Moray riding club annual event Burgie 25-26 Scottish vaulting camp, snec, Oatridge 26 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show, cat 2 27 Stranraer Show, Stranraer, Wigtonshire 29-30 Border Union Show, Kelso 29-31 Area 1 Qualifiers, Scotsburn, Ross-shire 29-31 Area 22 Qualifiers, Brechine Castle EC 30 BS SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian, seniors 30-31 BS Morris EC, jAyrshire, juniors 30 BD Muirmill EC, Ayrshire 31-5 August SE Young Riders Camp, Dunning, Perthshire 31 Orkney riding club show jumping kirkwell, orkney 31 BS Highfield at Howe, Fife, seniors 31 BS Dark Deer, Inverness, club/mixed 31-1 Turriff Show Aberdeen 31 Courier Working Hunter/Blair Qualifiers Caledonian Riding Club Show, Pooltown Farm, Inverness 31 Moniaive Horse Show, Dumfries & Galloway


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1-2 BD Gordon Dressage Group, Cabin, Aberdeenshire 2 SCDA Coxhill, Falkirk 2 BS SNEC, W Lothian 2 BS Blue Ridge EC, junior 2 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, show, senior

November 2016 6 BS Dark Deer Croft club/mixed 7-9 BS The Cabin, juniors, Aberdeenshire 6 BD Tillyoch EC, Aberdeenshire 6 BD Incoonans, Errol 12 BD Rockrose, Haddington

2 SE Dalavich, Ford

12-13 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

2 SE Inverurie, Aberdeen

13 BD Muirmill EC, Aryshire

2 SE Burghead, Moray

13 BD Dark Deer Croft, Inverness

2 Fun event at Coxhill, Falkirk

14 BD Morris EC, Ayrshire

13 SE Cally Woods, Gatehouse of Fleet

4 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, Express midweek show,

16-18 Tillyoch, North East Champs, juniors

13 SE Incree Forest, Duror

cat 2

13 SE Moy, Inverness

16-18 The Cabin, Aberdeenshire, seniors/club

7-9 BS The Cabin, Adults, Aberdeenshire

19-20 BD SNEC, W Lothian

17 Blue Ridge, Falkirk, seniors

8 BS Blueridge EC, Falkirk, seniors

26 BS Blue Ridge EC, Falkirk

17 Muirmill, Ayrshire, seniors

8 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire

26-27 BS The Cabin, adults, Aberdeenshire

17 Scottish Vaulting Championships, SNEC

8-9 BD Morris EC, Ayrshire

27 BS Rockrose, Haddington

Oatridge, W Lothian

8 BD Brahan, Seaforth Riding Centre, Dingwall

27 SE North Kintyre, Tarbert

17 BE Wee Burgie, Moray

9 BD Highfield EC Howe, Fife

17 BSPS finale Morris EC

9 SE Charterhall, Greenlaw, Borders

18 Brechin Castle Equestrian Autumn Show Brechin

9 SE Tentsmuir, Fife

18 FHPC ODE, Foresterseat,

9 SE Castle Douglas, Dunf & Galloway

18 - North Ayrshire Riding Club ‘picnmix’

9 SCDA Fountain EC, Aberdeen

Eglinton Park

9 HT Gleneagles, Perthshire

18 - Galloway Horse Club arena event barstobrick

9-10 Fountain EC aberdeen

18 SE Lochgilphead, Argyll

9 Unaffiliated team show jumping, Muirmill

18 SE Bennachie, Inveruruie, Aberdeenshire

15 Scottish Tetrathlon Champs, Foresterseat,

18 SE Oldcastles Farm, Duns, Borders


18 SE Culzean Castle

15 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, juniors

18 BD Highfield EC Howe, Fife

15 BSPS show SNEC, W Lothian

18 BD Mundole EC, Moray

15 BD Rockrose, Haddington

18 BS Blue Ridge, seniors

15-16 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

18 BS Tillyoch, juniors/club

16 BS Dark Deer Croft club/mixed

18 BS Ian Stark EC, seniors

16 BS Blue Ridge EC, Falkirk

11 - Moray Rding Club dressage and show jumping, Burgie

18 BS Dark Deer Croft club/mixed 19 - Machars Riding Club Dressage, Wigtown 22 BD Fountain EC, Aberdeenshire 24 BS SNEC, W Lothian, junior 24 One Day Event, Burgie 24-25 SCDA Biggarshiels, South Lanarkshire 24-25 SE Eddlestone, Peebles, Borders 24-25 Ingliston Grand Slam Show, Ingliston Equestrian, Bishopton 24-25 BD Ladyleys, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire 25 Inchcoonans autumn showing show 25-27 BS Scottish Horse of the Year show, seniors Morris EC, Ayrshire 25 BS Muirmill, Ayrshire, seniors 25 BS Mundole, club 25 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 29- 2 October, Ian stark EC Area Festival

October 2016

16 SE Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 16 SE Spean Bridge, Highland 16 Halloween arena event brechin 21-23 BS Ingliston Equestrian, Bishopton 22-23 BS Rockrose, Haddington 22-23 WES Show Tillyoch EC, Peterculter,

December 2016 3 BS SNEC W Lothian, junior 3-4 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire 10 SE Lochgilphead, Argyll 10-11 Muirmill EC Christmas Derby with Puissance 10 BS SNEC W Lothian, senior 10-11 BS Ingliston Equestrian, Bishopton 11 BD Tillyoch EC, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire 17-18 BS The Cabin, Adults, Aberdeenshire 26 BS Blue Ridge EC, Falkirk 18 BS Rockrose, Haddington, club

January 2017 7-8 BS SNEC W Lothian, senior 7 BS The Cabin, juniors, Aberdeenshire 20-21 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian 20-22 BS Ingliston Equestrian, seniors, Bishopton 21-22 BS The Cabin, Adults, Aberdeenshire 28-29 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire 28-29 BS SNEC W Lothian, junior

Aberdeenshire 23 SCDA Fountain EC, Aberdeen 23 BD Dark Deer Crodt, Inverness 23 SE West Linton, Borders 23 SE Foulis, Evanton 23 SE Lomond Hills, Dunbartonshire

February 2017 4-5 BS SNEC W Lothian, senior 4-5 BD Tillyoch EC, Aberdeenshire 4 BS The Cabin, juniors, Aberdeenshire 11 BS SNEC W Lothian, junior

23 Ayr riding club working hunter show

17-19 BS Ingliston Equestrian, seniors, Bishopton

Muirmill, Ayrshire

18 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

26 Machars show jumping, Wigtown

18-19 BD SNEC, Oatridge, W Lothian

29 Tayside Dressage Group, Inchcoonans,

19 Arena Event, The cabin, Aberdeenshire


25-26 BS The Cabin, adults, Aberdeenshire

29 BS Blue Ridge EC, Falkirk

26 BS SNEC W Lothian, senior

29-30 BS The Cabin, Aberdeenshire 30 SE Halloween Ride Ae Forest, Dunf &

March 2017


4-5 BD The Cabin, Aberdeenshire

1 Dalkeith & District PC Show, SNEC, W

30 SE Ardmaddy, Argyll

10-12 BS Ingliston Equestrian, senior


30 SE Stratchclyde Park


1-2 Scottish Riding Club Championships, Auchlishie,

30 BD SNEC W Lothian

12 BD Tillyoch EC, Aberdeenshire


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FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Affiliated and unaffiliated events, clinics and training days • Newly refurbished facilities • Main indoor arena (75m x 60m) • Indoor warm-up arena • Brand new outdoor arena opening soon • Livery available • 70 indoor stables and 89 outdoor stables • Heated cafe and dining area • Feed store and tack shop • Private and group lessons available • Experienced staff and instructors

Blue Ridge Equestrian Centre Blue Ridge in Falkirk offers lessons, livery and competitive events throughout the year. The newly refurbished centre caters for riders of all levels and ages, as well as a weekly clinic with showjumper Ron Brady.

Wester Shieldhill, Falkirk FK1 3AT Tel: 01324 621 553 Email:

FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Two indoor arenas with Cushion Track™ surface • Outdoor grass arena • Events such as schooling evenings, team showjumping, specialist clinics, dressage • Riding school with excellent teaching and comfortable spectators area • Arena hire from £50 per hour • Livery spaces with hot shower for livery horses • Day and overnight stabling for competitors (limited number of places, please book in advance) • Tack shop on site selling a wide range of goods for horse, rider and stable

Highfield Equestrian at Howe Highfield at Howe is a family-run venue with a friendly and approachable attitude. This centre aims to provide a service for all equestrian abilities and disciplines.


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Arnot Acres, Cupar KY15 7UW Tel: 01337 831393 Email: 2016

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FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Affiliated and unaffiliated events and training • Large indoor arena (60m x 27m) • Large outdoor arena (60m x 24m) • Both arenas with Martin Collins Ecotrack surface • Complete set of affiliated show jumps plus rustic fences • Brand new cross country fences (2015) • Meeting room and kitchen/cafe facilities • Toilets and shower rooms • All above facilities available for hire • Private and group lessons available either with Ian Stark or one of the instructors

Ian Stark Equestrian Centre Located in the borders, Ian and his wife Jenny started the centre over 40 years ago. The Ian Stark Equestrian Centre now has around 40 horses and ponies, and is busy for lessons and hacking seven days a week, plus the opportunity to take lessons with Ian himself.

Greenhill Farm, Selkirk TD7 4NP Tel: 01750 20202 Email:

FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Regular affiliated and unaffiliated events • Solarium • Two indoor arenas • Two all-weather outdoor arenas • Full sets of show jumps • Horse walker and lunge pen • Post and rail paddocks • Horse simulators (can be hired) • Viewing gallery • Restaurant • Well-established saddler shop

Ingliston Equestrian Centre This Renfrewshire centre was recently voted ‘Best Equestrian Centre in the UK’. With a vast array of facilities, Ingliston welcomes all ages and abilities, and hosts pony parties for kid’s birthdays. The club also offers bespoke livery packages.

Ingliston Estate, Bishopton, Renfrewshire PA7 5PA Tel: 0845 301 1010 Email: 2016

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FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Main indoor arena • Warm up arena • Outdoor arena 150ft by 300ft • Warm up outdoor arena 150ft by 180ft • Stables 140 • Seating for 500 people in the main arena • 50 seater restaurant • 35 seater lounger • 60 seater bar arena

Morris Equestrian Centre With the only Olympic sized arena in the UK, the Morris Equestrian Centre in Ayrshire has a team of top class riders and trainers on hand to help you achieve your equestrian goals in showjumping and dressage.

Meikle Mosside, Fenwick, Ayrshire KA3 6AY Tel: 01560 600769 Email:

FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Affiliated and unaffiliated events • 60m x 25m main indoor arena • 40m x 20m warm up arena • 50m x 17m long arena • 105m x 36m outdoor arena • Livery packages available • Arenas can be hired • Off road hacking • Spacious parking area

Muirmill Equestrian Centre Muirmill is a competition centre and livery yard near Symington. It is one of the best competition venues in the area and hosts many events for all levels, in a variety of disciplines.


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Symington, Kilmarnock, South Ayrshire KA1 5SH Tel: 01563 830113 Email: 2016

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FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Regular affiliated and unaffiliated events • FEI size indoor arena (with training mirrors) • 60m x 40m outdoor arena • 50m x 70m grass arena • FEI standard show jumps set (and BSJA approved training set) • Mobile cross country jumps • Acres of private off-road hacking • Dressage horse simulator • Video analysis and body mapping technologies • Water treadmill • Grass Gallops • Lecture facilities and equestrian library • Top class livery centre • Resident team of experienced coaches

Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre Owners Sonya and James Cunningham have recently installed brand new facilities into this centre. Rockrose boasts a tailored experience for each member whether you are a world champion or an equestrian first timer.

Sunnyside Farm, Haddington EH41 4PY Tel: 07796 752380 Email:

FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Hosts Affiliated, Unaffiliated, Training days and Lectures • Wednesday unaffiliated show-jumping • International Indoor Arena with viewing gallery (80m x 40m – Seats 400) • Indoor warm up arena (60m x 25m) • Outdoor turf arena (110m x 80m) • 6 Furlong all weather gallops • Stabling for up to 100 horses • Full set of show jumps • Plenty of parking for lorries/trailers

Scottish National Equestrian Centre This state of the art venue situated in rural West Lothian the centre is just 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. The centre boasts some fantastic facilities, including an international arena with viewing area, warm up arena and outdoor grass arena.

Oatridge, Ecclesmachan EH52 6NH Tel: 01506 865 714 Email: 2016

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FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Largest combined equestrian facilities on North East Scotland • Main indoor arena (67m x 30m) • Indoor warm up arena (45m x 25m) • Two outdoor arenas (80m x 40m) • Large derby grass arena • BSJA approved set of show jumps • Training fences, working hunter fences and dressage arenas • All facilities can be hired • Horse and rider holding area indoors • Indoor Cafe can be used for meetings and workshops • Toilets and shower room • Livery packages available • Access to 120 acres of woodland hacking (with four miles of off-road, horse friendly, forest tracks.) • Private and group lessons and ‘own a pony days’ available

The Cabin Equestrian Centre The Cabin is owned and managed by husband and wife team Morgan and Fiona Quennell. Fiona, a BHSAI UKCC Level 2 instructor and keen showjumper has over twenty-five years’ experience including working with RDA, running riding schools and placing horses with new owners.

Ordyfauld, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 0LL Tel: 01467 624378 Email:

FACILITIES INCLUDE: • Regular affiliated and unaffiliated events and training • Large, floodlit, all weather surface outdoor arena • Large indoor arena • BSJA approved show jump set and training jumps • Illuminated horse walker • Solarium and wash down bay • Small cross country fences and ditches • Livery packages available with ‘American Barn Style’ stabling and secure tack room. • Easy access to off road hacking • 24 hour CCTV security systems • Shower room and changing facilities, tea and coffee making facilities • Spacious parking areas

Tillyoch Equestrian Centre The centre, situted in the North East of Scotland, opened in November 2011 and boasts excellent facilities which have just been highly commended by the BHS approval team.

Culter House Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen AB14 0NS Tel: 01224 733885 Email: 2016

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Toggi’s new collection of half chaps and gaiters combines comfort, style and performance with exceptional value for money. The Carlisle close contact gaiter, £65, is made using a premium full grain leather and offers the style and performance of a full length competition boot. The Castor half chap, £50, is made from natural tumbled leather and features an elasticated panel for a contoured custom fit feel, providing an exceptionally secure leg position. Ideal for everyday use, the Chelmsford half chap is made from super soft suede leather with an elasticated panel and full length YKK zip. Finally, completing the collection, the Glint children’s half chap features a super cool shooting star motif and offers a comfortable fit. Prices start from £22.50.

Girths By Jenkinsons

The ultimate in comfort for your horse’s girth is now available from Elico Equestrian. This memory foam girth is manufactured with a strong nylon knit facing fabric and stainless steel buckles. It gives a complete freedom of movement without binding and should stay in place as they are designed to conform and fit correctly. It features a memory foam inner, allowing the girth to follow the contours of your horse’s body perfectly and ensure your horse’s comfort during training and competition. Elasticated at both ends with self-locating, spring-loaded, stainless steel roller buckles for ease-of-use. Available in black and brown, the girth is priced at £29.95. Memory foam dressage girths are also is available in black and are priced at £27.95.


The stylish side-loading Show-Treka carries two horses in safety and comfort. The separate living area is complete with hob, sink, wardrobe, fold-down table and bench seat which converts to bunks, making it ideal for weekends away. Tack is stored in an external tack locker, for added convenience. The Show-Treka is available in two sizes depending on your capacity needs. Prices start from £7,899 including VAT. 2016

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Kilgraston School

Set in 54 acres of stunning grounds in Perthshire, Kilgraston is an all-girls’ school with traditional values but with a modern and forward looking perspective on education. Education is not just about exam success; developing interest and talents, nurturing an understanding of divergent cultures, and emphasising personal responsibility as global citizens are also vital to Kilgraston. They offer an enormous breadth of extra-curricular activities and enjoy modern, state of the art facilities, including a Science Centre, Sixth Form Study Centre, excellent boarding accommodation, all-weather sports pitches and Scotland’s only school equestrian centre. Kilgraston is Scotland’s only CReSTeD accredited school and was the top ranked independent school in Scotland for Intermediate 2, Highers and Advanced Highers 2015.


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WHAT IS THE FARRIERS REGISTRATION COUNCIL (FRC)? The FRC is the body that regulates farriery; the FRC was formed following the passing into law of the Farriers Registration Act in 1975. The FRC carries out regulation in a similar way to other professional regulatory bodies throughout GB. WHY IS FARRIERY REGULATED? Farriery is regulated in order to protect the interests of the equine, the interests of the equine owner and interests of the general public. The law prescribes that only those properly qualified may carry out farriery, regulation ensures that the law is enforced.

HOW DOES THE FRC REGULATE FARRIERY? The FRC maintains the Register of farriers which details those farriers entitled to practice in Great Britain. The Register is available to the public and may be accessed online at Only those holding the requisite qualifications may be admitted to the Register. Each Registered Farrier is issued with a card and vehicle sticker, examples are shown here:

HOW CAN YOU CHECK IF A FARRIER IS REGISTERED? Equine owners are encouraged to ask to see a farriers’ registration card before entering into a business arrangement with the farrier. If an equine owner is in doubt as to the provenance of a farrier the owner may check online at the FRC ‘find a farrier’ web page, or by contacting the FRC; the FRC’s contact details are set out below.

HOW CAN YOU HELP REDUCE INCIDENCE OF ILLEGAL FARRIERY? If you suspect illegal farriery is taking place please report your suspicions in as much detail as you are able, and as quickly as possible, to the FRC. Where sufficient evidence is adduced the FRC will prosecute illegal farriers.

HOW DO I MAKE CONTACT WITH THE FRC? The Farriers Registration Council, 8-9 Adam Court, Newark Road, Peterborough, PE1 5PP. Email: Online:

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EQyDiary 01) Back row (l-r): Billy Bell, ian Stark, ronnie young MBe, cecelia gladwyn, Patrick Print oBe. Front row: gillian elliott, grant turnBull and John white. 02) ian Stark, lindSay wilSon and ronnie young MBe. 03) anne logan, Stewart harriS, John white and ronnie ronnie young MBe. 04) andrew and kathleen haMilton. 05) gail SMith, eleanor Pottinger, roByn SMith.


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Bank of Dad

A horse husband asks our agony aunt how to fix his sad, pennliess, empty existence...

Tack up or shut up? I

know that in your capacity as an Agony Aunt you get letters from lots of sad people. But I can’t believe that you receive missives from anyone sadder than me because I am that most miserable of human beings. The first time I described my condition out loud to a friend, I felt like one of those poor, benighted souls in rehab. But once I was able to confide in a pal and got the ugly truth out there, it felt oh-so good. ‘Hello, my name is Henry and I’m a horse husband.’ It felt so fine that I said it again. And then again for good measure. ‘Hello, my name is Henry and I’m a horse husband...’ I can’t tell you how cathartic it was to get it off my chest; how those years of frustration and impotence temporarily faded away. Unfortunately, the key word there is ‘temporaily’ because as soon as I looked at my bank balance, a wave of negative emotions washed over me once again. You know, sensations like skintness, a prickling

aversion to all things equine, a whimpering aversion to vets and farriers, and red-faced rage at the arrival of yet another saddle-shaped parcel. The irony is that when I married Nigella I thought I’d got things sorted. In my mind, things were, as Del Boy famously said in the aptly-named Only Fools and Horses, cushty. But when I told my prospective wife I was looking forward to life as a house husband, all she heard was ‘horse husband’. It’s not as if my father didn’t warn me. ‘Son,’ he said, ‘just remember that the easiest way to become an unhappy millionaire is to start with two million and marry a girl who prefers her thoroughbreds to have four legs.’ How right he was. Ever since we walked up the aisle, I’ve felt like I’m standing in the street burning £50 notes for the sheer joy of it. The thing is, it’s not just my wife. Somehow, in those rare and fleeting moments when her bottom was out of the saddle long enough to indulge in another sort of riding with her husband, I managed to sire three lovely daughters. Sounds good? Well, it’s not. All ride. All walk with their hands held out. The only exercise they do is wrapping their father round their little fingers. If anything – and I never thought I’d say this – my trio of My Little Pony-obsessed darlings are even more of a trial than their mother. To them, I’m not a real human being with feelings and needs – I’m little more than a cash dispenser, a mark, a fool... I don’t know what to do. I’m constantly poor, live with the constant musty smell of horse dung and am forced to endure endless inane chat about which expensive nag to buy next on my overdraft. Thanks to my horsie harpies, I’m on first-name terms with my bank manager, although he doesn’t seem to answer my calls any more. I’ve been in touch with Fathers For Justice and they say my case is hopeless. Although they specialise in trying to reunite fathers with their families, they say they only sensible courses of action open to me are to either divorce my family or join it by buying a horse. I’m seriously considering both options, although I’m worried that if I ran they would still track me down and they don’t do witness protection for Horse Husbands, do they? So maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and get myself a horse. I ride like a sack of spuds and I can’t afford it, but then perhaps it’s time to just accept the inevitable. So maybe, just maybe, it’s time to tack up and shut up... Henry The Horse Husband

‘You learn to adapt to each individual horse and work in more of a partnership’


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New for 2016, Discovery Landmark is the most luxurious model yet, with superb levels of finish, both inside and out. It comes in five select body colours, including Zanzibar – a choice reserved exclusively for Landmark. And for the first time ever, Tan Windsor Leather seats are now a Discovery option. You can make it even more capable and hardwearing, with an accessory pack. This includes fixed side steps, front and rear mudflaps and a loadspace rubber mat, all for £999.00 inc. VAT. Pentland Land Rover Newbridge, Edinburgh, EH28 8TH Tel: 0131 341 5828 Locations also at: Cupar Perth Elgin

Discovery 3.0 SDV6 Landmark Representative Example On the Road Price Customer Deposit Total Amount of Credit Purchase Fee (incl. in final payment) 36 Monthly Payments Final Payment Total Amount Payable Duration of Agreement Representative APR % Interest Rate (Fixed) %

£56,005.00 £14,130.00 £41,875.00 £10.00 £549.00 £29,500.00 £63,394.00 37 months 6.9% APR 6.69%

Pentland Land Rover is a trading style of John Clark Motor Group who is acting as a credit broker and not a lender.

Official Fuel Consumption Figures for Discovery in mpg (l/100km): Urban 33.2 (8.5), Extra Urban 39.8 (7.1), Combined 36.7 (7.7). CO 2 emissions 203 g/km. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only. Representative Example relates to a Discovery 3.0 SDV6 Landmark. Representative 6.9% APR available on new Discovery 3.0 SDV6 Landmark models registered between 1st April to 30th June at participating Retailers only. With Land Rover Freedom Personal Contract Purchase you have the option at the end of the agreement to: (1) return the vehicle and not pay the Final Payment. If the vehicle has exceeded the allowed mileage a charge per excess mile will apply. In this example, 14p per excess mile up to 4,999, or for excess mileage of 5,000 or more, a charge of 28p will apply to each excess mile above the allowed mileage. If the vehicle is in good condition and has not exceeded the allowed mileage you will have nothing further to pay; (2) pay the Final Payment to own the vehicle or (3) part exchange the vehicle subject to settlement of your existing credit agreement; new credit agreements are subject to status. Representative example is based upon an annual mileage of 10,000 miles. Credit is subject to status and only available to applicants aged 18 and over resident in Mainland UK and N.Ireland. This credit offer is only available through Black Horse Limited trading as Land Rover Financial Services, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH. We can introduce you to Land Rover Financial Services and a limited number of other lenders to provide funding for your vehicle. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to such lenders.

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Five spacious cab seats with fully type approved seatbelts Super Sonic Five 4,500Kg for increased carrying capacity Ideal for all the family

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Tel. 01484 852 121 WWW.EQUI-TREK.COM Please visit our website for further information on our extensive range, prices and to find your nearest Equi-Trek dealership *Plus VAT & RFL. Actual price of models shown including VAT and optional extras:- Sonic: £32,397.60, Atom: £34,483.80, Sonic Five: £37,797.60. Terms and conditions apply. Please see website for full details. E&OE


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