Katie is a good learner

National Lantra Learner of the Year Awards.  Borders College Students Katie Stephen and Millie Green.

National Lantra Learner of the Year Awards. Borders College Students Katie Stephen and Millie Green.

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HAWICK’S Katie Stephen was overall runner-up in a national learners’ competition.

The horse-lover left, was named Lantra’s Equine Learner of the Year and went on to take the overall runner up prize at the organisation’s tenth Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony in Perth last month. 

The former Borders College horse-care student completed her course in June last year and works full time in a local hunting and eventing yard.

While at college, she volunteered with the Riding for the Disabled and helped train wild Highland ponies at Ian and Jenny Stark’s Dryden Riding Centre near Selkirk.

Katie was selected for the British Young Riders Dressage under 21’s B squad last year and she has won several classes in showing and eventing on her own horse Basil.

As we reported last week, Millie Green, right, from Jedburgh was runner up in Lantra’s agriculture learner of the year category.