Photograph: Front from left: Brooke Walker, Iona Landale, Emma Walker (Team Captain). Middle from left: Kelly Grant, Pollyanna Smith. Back from left Roan Grant, Laura Patterson.
Meet some of the BE under 18 Scottish Team 2019 and listen to some insightful and some silly Q&A’s. It’s nice to get to know the team that are representing our nation.
A selection of the Scottish Team visited their sponsor Lindores Equestrian 4 nights before the Championships at Frickley Park. What an awesome bunch they are! With the youngest rider in the team at 14years old the team at Lindores were blown away by their confidence, positive mindset and extensive training calendar!
Each rider and horse qualified under the British Eventing Youth Programme and we couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication they have shown.
Their sponsorship of the British Eventing Scotland U18 team
Winner of Equestrian Business of the Year 2019 at the national horsescotland awards, Lindores Equestrian celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Reputed to be the most popular, friendly and inclusive training and horse holiday venue in Scotland, Lindores Equestrian are proud sponsors of the British Eventing Championship Team.
Lindores Equestrian has been a key training destination for many British Eventing riders and instructors. We are immensely proud to support the qualifying team that have worked so hard and for so many years. The world-class riders and their British Eventing support team will represent our country at the Frickley Park National U18 Championships from 25thJuly – 28thJuly 2019.
What’s the secret?
We will be meeting and interviewing some of the riders before the British Eventing Championships in July to hear directly from them how they qualified. We want to know how they made it and how they are feeling? What tips can they share for the rest of us training to be great?
There are 3 BE100 team reserves (in alphabetical order):
Gregor Walkingshaw – Craigmancie Symphony
Rebecca Scott – Dinozzo
Sasha Niven – Forrests Foxy Lady
Vicky Edgar – Ardagh Bobby
Equestrian Business of the Year 2019 at national horsescotland awards.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary, Lindores Equestrian is a first class training facility for riders and horses of all levels. Ideal for beginners right through to professional riders we have visiting instructors, kids, adults, holiday makers and camp hosts visiting to ride for pleasure or progression.
Lindores is award winning because it offers so much more than any other venue. We’ve simplified it into three key things which are Stay, Ride, Relax…
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At Lindores you can visit for an hour or your can stay for a week. There is accommodation to suit all budgets. Guests can stay in the luxury lodges which have private hot tubs, stunning views and interiors. The architecturally designed houses and gardens are purpose built so their accessible, dog friendly and kid friendly. If you’re keen for more affordable accommodation guests can stay in a bunkroom, pitch a tent in the campsite or hook-up their horse lorry for a comfortable night stay next to the famous Bothy.
The working farm has converted a cosy Bothy that is the heart of all the equestrian camp and clinic experiences. The Bothy has a kitchen, log burning stove, dining area, lounge seating with accompanying showers and toilets.
The training venue is ideal for kid and adult camps both residential and non-residential. Visiting hosts and instructors from all over the country hire the venue to create their own camp experiences.
There are limited spaces for hosting and riding in 2019 but do get in touch if you want to know more, they team will be happy to help CONTACT US
The backbone of the business is the famous Lindores Cross Country course. Spanning 85 acres with over 125 British Eventing standard fences there is a huge range for training.
4** Eventer Louisa Milne Home riding Future Plans at Lindores
Customers can also hire the brand new working hunter fences on grass. They can hire the Olympic show jumping sized outdoor arena all year. There are also grass paddocks for turnout and dressage.
The hacking at Lindores offers varying terrain off road and the views from the stunning farm in Fife are so famous that Red Bull filmed with their sponsored athletes and EQy magazine voted it the ‘No 1 Horse Holiday destination’ nationally.
Olympic Show Jumping sized Arena
Incredible Hacking and Stunning Views
Brand New Working Hunter Fences on Grass
The business has always been run by the very friendly Black family. They have created a very relaxed and welcoming environment. The business has grown off the back of listening and asking instructors and customers what they want. If the customers and horses are happy the Blacks are happy. Because of this openness camps and horse holidays at Lindores can include on foot activities such as: paint balling, full body massages, vet talks, pilates, personal training, confidence coaching, racing talks, inspirational speakers and more recently biking experiences.
Have Fun Building Confidence and Trust
Lindores Equestrian is proud to be the best in 2019 which is why it is the perfect fit sponsoring the British Eventing Scotland U18 team at the 2019 Champs.
After a super busy camp filled Spring and early summer at Lindores, Louise Gillings, joint founder of Equiteam Confidence camps finds time to blog. Louise has written this blog about why Lindores Equestrian is the perfect choice for hosting riding camps.
Equiteam Confidence Camps first came to Lindores in July 2014, which seems like a lifetime ago. Liz, my business partner, and I ran one camp to ‘see how it would work’. 45 camps and several experience days later and 2019 is going to be our busiest year so far!
Before the first camp even started, the Black family and everyone at Lindores were welcoming and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble and whatever feedback we give is taken on board to make sure the venue is the best it can be.
There aren’t many equestrian training facilities that offer a schooling area, onsite cross country course suitable for all levels from complete beginners upwards. Luxury holiday houses with hot tubs, bunk rooms, toilets, showers, stabling and a meeting room (the bothy) with a wood burner and the all-important kitchen (our campers are a hungry bunch!).
We wanted to create a three day residential ‘Pony Club Camp’ for adults, that was friendly, encouraging and where people feel relaxed. We wanted to create an experience where supportive like-minded people meet and dare to dream / achieve their goals.
The facilities are perfectly suited to our needs. The XC course has everything we could possibly need. From tiny horse jumps for people who didn’t think they wanted to leave the floor, to some more progressively challenging fences. And of course the feature fences that everyone wants to jump – Danny MacAskill, the stone cottage, boat and the Wobbleberry fences. These signature fences are often the ones that feature the most in people’s goals.
The new arena was a great addition in 2018. It means that even during the challenging weather conditions of last year we could still always ride and achieve the lesson plan.
If The Bothy Could Talk!
I believe the real centre of our camp life though, is the Bothy. It has seen tears (both happy and sad), lots of laughter, many units of alcohol, a bit of dancing and the odd confession that might leave you speechless. The Bothy is such a great place for campers to come together or even have a sneaky snooze between lessons, it really is that versatile.
It doesn’t get much better at the end of a busy camp day to look around the bothy to see happy smiling faces. New friends relaxing by the fire and sharing their achievements.
In addition we are very lucky that as our camps are residential we are able to offer a number of accommodation options to suit all budgets. The most popular is the onsite luxury self catering lodges – all of which have hot tubs (and believe me you will probably want a good soak). Alternatively there is hook up available for lorries, a camping area for your tent and we’ve even had more than a few campers staying in their trailers.
The recent addition of the bunk room offers a brilliant extra option for campers who don’t really want to ‘camp’ – there really is something for everyone.
I have heard people say that when they arrive at Lindores for camp it feels as though they are leaving their normal world and all of their worries behind and when they have to leave it’s as though they are re-entering the universe!
We love that Lindores Equestrian can offer the perfect venue to create our welcoming camp environment – a perfect place to have a holiday or weekend away with your horse. Roll on the rest of 2019… we can’t wait to be back.”
To find out more about Equiteam’s three day residential camps and experience days click here.
Local Star Lucas Set is Muse of Charity Sculpture Trail
Charity, World Horse Welfare, which helps horses both in the UK and across the globe is this year launching a series of horse sculpture trails around the country and local rescue horse, Lucas, is the inspiration behind the trail!
World Horse Welfare Lucas was rescued by the charity as a yearling from a freezing field in January 2013, where he was living with his mother – both of whom were fighting to survive the harsh winter weather. Lucas was nursed back to health and was soon ready to find a new home as a youngster with a bright future ahead of him.
Colleen Macrae wanted to take on a youngster and knew about World Horse Welfare as she’d fundraised for the charity in the past. She said: “To be honest, it was love at first sight! I was searching for a horse that would be a general allrounder and happy to compete across various disciplines. In order to do that, I wanted a youngster who seemed bright, curious and willing to learn. When I first went to visit Lucas at Hall Farm, we walked a little around the field together, getting to know one another. He was completely obsessed with my gloves, so I took one off and threw it about 20 metres away from me. Much to my surprise, he went trotting off to go and fetch it, and we repeated it several times as if he was a Labrador! After that, I knew he would fit into our family perfectly!
“Lucas’ real enthusiasm lies with his jumping! He’s a very confident ride both Showjumping and Cross Country, with an impressive amount of scope for such a little horse! I’ve always loved Showing and Dressage, so Eventing and Working Hunter has become our middle ground. Lucas and I take part in everything; he’s been very successful in the working hunter ring, always jumping fabulous clear rounds!”
Lucas was live sculpted for the horse trail by acclaimed sculptor, Judy Boyt (who crafted the famous Badminton Horse Trials trophy) in late 2018 and his 11hh sculpture has now been used to create the mould for production of the 40 fibreglass horse trail sculptures.
The 40 horses will be a combination of 11hh sculptures and miniature maquettes standing at around 35cm high, with each one designed and painted by a leading artist, equestrian personality or celebrity.
The World Horse Trail will be on display across the town of Windsor in April before moving on to the King’s Road in Chelsea, London. There will also be a travelling trail which will begin its journey at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May where World Horse Welfare is Charity of the Year and where Lucas will also be competing.
There will also be a miniature trail on display at World Horse Welfare’s Belwade Farm near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire and visitors can see this throughout the Summer months.
Find out more at: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/world-horse-trail
Watch Colleen and Lucas promo film here at Lindores Equestrian in March 2019 on social media:
Lindores Equestrian in Fife, Scotland has been awarded Equestrian Business of the Year 2019 at the horsescotland National Equestrian Awards 2019. The family run business, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, is steadfast in customer care, collaboration and re-investment.
Grant Turnbull, Chair of charity horsescotland said “Lindores Equestrian has supported not only the equestrian community but also Scottish tourism. They have listened to demands and needs and continually develop the business in response. Their focus on customer care is exemplary.”
What makes Lindores unique is that it has evolved by listening to customer feedback and it has kept the same friendly and welcoming family values throughout its 30-year life. Lindores Equestrian has grown and invested on what the domestic equestrian market and the international tourism market demand.
Frances Black who established the business in 1989 was the first person to set up a cross country training course in Central Scotland. Frances built up a strong Scottish customer base and recruited top trainers like Ian Stark OBE to coach local riders.
Now, the business is managed by Anna Black and offers customers all year training and horse holiday experiences for all budgets and standard of horse and rider.
Anna Black said ‘we’re so delighted and honoured that Lindores Equestrian has been recognised by the industry. We put our heart and soul into the business, always innovating and pushing to do better. We cried with delight when the award was announced!’
The business now collaborates with a large number of riding clubs, charities, and qualified instructors to provide safe and friendly kid and adult training camps or day experiences.
Lindores Equestrian has also collaborated with Wilder Ways Adventures to offer people who can ride but don’t have a horse a sporting experience. Riders can book to trek, show jump in the new Olympic sized arena or even experience the jumps in the famous cross country course which is the size of 80 football pitches and has 125 horse jumps. This collaboration has now attracted international guests fly to Scotland and experience Fife.
The appeal of Lindores was only heightened when in January 2019 the business released a clip of world famous mountain biker Danny MacAskill racing top British event rider Louisa Milne Home. The fun and entertaining bike v’s horse video was watched online worldwide and again put Lindores firmly on the map as a place to stay, ride and relax.