Borders schools qualify for championships

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Angela Tucker, a GB world-class performance coach, and Emma Fisher, Under-18 Team GB eventing coach, both flew north to the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre earlier this month to host training days for elite equestrian pupils, including top Scottish rider Wills Oakden from Fife and junior team gold medallist Isabella Innes Ker from Kelso.

The Ian Stark Equestrian Centre recorded another major coup in March when Katie Jerram, one of the country’s leading show producers, rider for the Queen and for the Retraining of Racehorses organisation (ROR), hosted an evening demonstration.

Fourteen riders brought their retired racehorses to the demo, which attracted a large audience. Katie rode all 14 horses, provided a great insight into the showing world and gave spectators plenty of invaluable tips.

Another March highlight was the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) Arena Eventing and Dressage qualifier. Twenty schools sent teams to try and qualify for the championship to be held at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire in October.

The competition was fierce at both competitions with Morebattle Primary School, Kelso High School, Jedburgh Grammar School, North Berwick High School, Peebles High School and Longridge Towers all qualifying. The following individual riders also qualified: Amy Morris (Lauder Primary); Lucinda Crawford (St George’s School, Edinburgh); Katie Anderson (Selkirk High School); Georgina Clarkson (Royal Grammar School, Newcastle); Sasha Niven (St Mary’s School, Melrose); Vicky Edgar (Morebattle Primary); Vikki Selby (North Berwick High School); Alison Brown (Longridge Towers); Daisy Cross (Kilgraston), and Caledonia Bhatia (Peebles High School).

We wish all the qualifying riders the best of luck at the championships in October.

We hope April brings some sunny spring weather as riders are desperate to start competing on grass, and we have plenty of events in the pipeline, including an Easter Show on Good Friday. All information can be found on www.ianstarkequestrian