On June 7, dressage riders flocked to ISEC to attempt to qualify their ‘future Valegros’ for the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championships, which are being held at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage (Gloucestershire) in July.
This was the only opportunity for Scottish riders to secure their place in the finals. Jade Struthers managed to qualify all her rides; five-year-olds San Salvador and Bossinova and her six-year-old Doo Schufro.
Kim Young and First Miss Sunrise A.S also qualified for the five-year-old class.
We wish all riders the best of luck at the championships.
Twelve Riders packed their wagons and travelled several hours to join in the fun at ISEC’s first Summer Camp in May.
The two-day stay involved dressage training with Jenny Stark, gymnastic jumping with Steph, and a hack round the rolling Borders hills.
On the first evening, campers indulged in a delicious three-course feast at the Woll restaurant near Ashkirk.
After the success of that first camp, the June event was quick to fill.
This time, local dressage trainer Catherine Eardley came to help. Riders looked a little bewildered when their dressage training session began on Space Hoppers!
Ian and Steph also provided helpful jumping advice. With such fantastic feedback, further camp dates have been set in July for both adult and junior riders.
Bramham Horse Trials took up most of Ian’s time at the beginning of the month, where he designed the cross-country course at this world-renowned event.
Since Bramham, Ian’s focus is on the European Championship cross-country track at Blair Castle in September.
In between these two events, amongst many other things, Ian faced a slightly different challenge.
He played the leading role of The Duke Of Wellington at Battle of Waterloo re-enactment held at Penielheugh. Ian used one of the centre’s horses, Seik, who behaved impeccably and loved every moment.
Hundreds of horses and riders were involved in the re-enactment, which attracted thousands of spectators – see pages 12-13 for more on this event.
With the schools closing for the annual summer holidays, the riding school will be in full swing over the coming weeks.
We have lots planned for July and August– all information can be found on the website.