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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