A BORDERS rider has been selected to wear the British colours in the European Vaulting Championships in France, writes Atholl Innes.
Stacey MacPherson, 16, from Kelso will compete as a junior individual at Le Mans after two selection trials.
The competition takes place from August 15 to 21. Stacey will return home on August 22 and heads back to Kelso High School a day later. She is a former member of Kelso Swimming Club and trains at the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust’s pool in the town.
Stacey is overjoyed about her selection. She told TheSouthern: “It is hard to put into words how delighted I am to have been selected to represent my country as a junior individual. It’s a fantastic opportunity and will also be a great experience for me.”
Stacey has been vaulting for eight years with Reivers Vaulting Group, based at Reston, and is a member of the South of Scotland Vaulting team which competes internationally. She is coached by Rebecca Morgan.
The young Tweedsider will be competing at the championships on a horse called Aspen Delikat, owned by the Berwickshire RDA Group and will be lunged by Morgan.
Stacey added: “The group have been fantastic in allowing me to use him both in my selection trials and to compete on at the championships. “
Stacey commented: “My ambition is to keep working hard at training and to keep vaulting to the best of my ability at every competition and hopefully also help out the younger members of the Reivers Vaulting Group.
Stacey plans to become a mounted police officer.