Stubbing Court Training’s apprentice of the year is 19-year-old Kirsty Buchanan from Stirling.

She was judged the winner by showjumper Matthew Sampson at Parklands Equestrian Centre on 11 July.

Miss Buchanan completed her 15-month apprenticeship at event riders, Mark and Tanya Kyle’s Leicestershire yard.

“I feel the apprenticeship has really widened my knowledge of the equestrian industry, as well as giving me the chance to see how a top-level competition yard is run,” she said.

Miss Buchanan won an embroidered Ariat jacket donated by Thomas Irving Equestrian Superstore, and three days’ work experience with Matthew Sampson.

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