Scottish clinics at Kingsbarn to develop jumping talent

  • Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre’s owner Jackie Kemp has unveiled plans to help develop the current depth of emerging talent in Scotland.

    The Falkirk centre will host regular, affordable clinics with top-class professionals for riders of all levels.

    “The aim is for Kingsbarn to be a training academy to help young showjumpers progress,” said Jackie.

    “It will be aimed at helping and talent-spotting children and teenagers, but is not exclusive to youngsters.

    “We particularly want to reach those who can’t afford training,” she added.

    A variety of trainers, including Scottish number one Scott Brash and international course designer Mark McGowan, have agreed to take a reduction in their fee for training until the centre has secured funding.

    “[This initiative] has been lacking in Scotland, with certain centres only occasionally running clinics and almost always with the same person,” said Mr McGowan.

    “Jackie is committed to involving a host of trainers, coaches and riders on a regular basis to boost the profile of the sport up here.”

    The catalyst for Kingsbarn’s new development was a bumper year for Scottish riders. They constituted about a third of 2010’s Horse of the Year Show finalists — one of whom was young rider Greg Taylor, who is based at Kingsbarn.

    Jackie hopes to officially launch the training academy this spring.

    For information, email jackie@kingsbarnequestrian.co.uk

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