Young riders in Scotland and Northern England can showcase skills

Pupils at schools across Scotland and Northern England can showcase their riding skills at a competition in May.

The Scottish Schools Equestrian Extravaganza will be held at Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton on Sunday 1 May.

Development officers from British Showjumping and the British Show Pony Society will provide guidance and advice to the competitors — as well as being on the look-out for new talent.

The event, being hosted by all-girls independent school, Craigholme, in partnership with Ingliston Country Club, will include showjumping, dressage and equitation classes. There will also be a section for para riders.

The competition is open to children of all ages from all schools.

Thirty-eight schools from around Scotland took part in last year’s event, but this year it is open to schools in Northern England as well.

Penny Clifford, who co-ordinates the equestrian club at Craigholme said: “This is a competition aimed at inclusion — there are categories designed for those new to equestrian competitions, right through to those who compete at the highest levels.”

There will also be a number of ponies avalaible for hire for the day for children who love riding but don’t have their own pony.

Ms Clifford added: “The competition is a great opportunity for all competitors, parents and supporters to meet and mix with like-minded people.”

Entries for the Scottish Schools Equestrian Extravaganza close on Friday 15 April.

For more information email Penny Clifford on pclifford@craigholme.co.uk or tel: 0778 782 5082.

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