Here are some profiles on our members, their horses and what they do together.
I am Ashley Sinclair, owner and rider of Freddie (Flyingbuck Quickstep). When 9 months pregnant I was searching on Internet for an eventer for Alex and came across a cute wee foal photo, aka Freddie. Locally bred at Falkland. Freddie forgot to stop growing, although I still call him my wee man. We are a laid back combo and have tried our hand at showing, SJ and XC. He happily hacks out with my children, even putting up with dragging a Shetland on the lead rein. He loves his jumping!! Champion WH Horse and also Champion Coloured at Inchcoonans Autumn Show 2015, only our second ridden show (haven’t shown since, too much horse to wash)!! Individual 5th in the 80HT was a great achievement, esp finishing on our dressage score. We won a SJ class at Perth Show and won the Top Score at Netherton, for a big boy he can do amazingly tight turns! He’s only eight and a true all round riding club horse. I love him to bits and hope to have many more achievements up our sleeve for the future.
I am Linda Morton, owner of Aura (Dunbog Aurora). I was looking for a horse, and by chance at a wedding I was sitting next to someone that was selling one. I visited his yard the following week. I wasn’t his average client – middle aged mother of two who’d been out the saddle for over 20 years and who’s background was PC games. Unfazed, he pulled it out the bag and teamed me up with the best horse I could have wished for! Her name is Dunbog Aurora, aka Aura. Bred by Frances Hay-Smith and produced by Wills Oakden. Aura had a great start in life and has gone on to take great care of me! I’ve owned her for 4 years and we have a very close bond. My house is opposite her stable and she’s my alarm clock. Aura doesn’t do sleeeping in. At 6.30am she starts with a gentle whinney. By 6.45am the stable door is banging. This girl wants her breakfast, now! Aura loves XC and I was delighted to have completed our first 110cm class this year. We came individual 2nd intermediate sj at Area 22 Brechin and a team 2nd at the RC Champs ODE (100) Auchlishie. She’s also been well placed at local HT’s this year. 1st at Strathearn Eventing and 2nd in the Open at Gleneagles qualifying for Eland Lodge. At home, Aura and I like to jump, race round the fields and hack. She’s a super horse to hack – ears forward and ready to go! I enjoy mid-week training with a variety of instructors doing xc and sj. I avoid dressage. My plan for this winter is not to avoid dressage!! Next year I would like to compete BE with Aura and attend some residential XC clinics/camps. Aura and I love riding club. The variety of instruction is good and it’s pushed us to compete at larger events.
I bought Falfield Pocket Rocket as a skinny, leggy, cheeky two-year-old basically because he was cheap and I thought a Connemara pony would be lower maintenance than the horses I’ve been used to. I did think he would grow to more than 14hh though! My husband reckoned his name was ridiculous and he should just be called “Bob” which stuck. He was a sweetheart to break but when it came to riding him I began to despair – he was so nervy and frightened of everything. It took a whole year to desensitise him hence I didn’t get out to do anything until he was five. He’s eight now, and still has his moments! This year he has really come into himself and latterly has been a wee superstar. He won a few novice M and M workers in 2015 and I attempted a couple of hunter trials with a lot of spooking both at and in between the jumps. It can be very embarrassing when you nearly fall off on the flat because he has spooked violently at a tuft of grass! Kirsty Aird helps me with my jumping and she took him on to do some open workers including the Highland, which nearly blew his brains! I manned up towards the end of the summer and did Perth show workers on him and came second which gave me confidence to do a bit more jumping and enter some hunter trials in the autumn. Craigie was our first and he totally shocked me by coming third. Persuaded by Ashley to give the Scottish RC Champs ODE a go, I insisted I ride as an individual so I wouldn’t let the team down, but as usual I ended up in the team and much to my surprise, and I think, the rest of the club who know him – he won! OMG 25 dressage, clear SJ and only 3.2 time penalties, even with that big hill at the start. Wee man, his legs were going like the clappers! He then finished his season going far too fast but clear at Gleneagles and coming third at Foresterseat. As you can probably tell, the hunter trials and ODE have been the hi-light of my year but he has represented the club brilliantly at dressage, style jumping and showjumping too. His dressage has improved beyond recognition thanks to Erik McKechnie and to him actually having the confidence to go near the sides of the arena and markers now! I am so proud of my wee pocket rocket, who is on holiday until after Christmas, after which he will no doubt promptly buck me off to show his displeasure at being left out in the rain and wind for two months and I can’t wait to have a go at a couple of BE 80’s with him in 2017 as well as hopefully representing the Club again as it is such good fun.
I got Ceri 6 years ago. She is IDX lusitano. She has more heart than any horse I’ve ever owned and she always does her best for me even when it’s the dreaded dressage! We have had a wonderful season at BE finishing by doing a BE90 at Burgie. Not bad for a pair of old birds. She is 20 and I am 45 so between us we make a pensioner. I was given her as she had been unsound for 2 years and was going crazy being stabled and not liking yard life. After going from a plod to her OMG! She absolutely loves cross country and as it’s my favorite discipline we suit each other. I am hoping to have another couple of seasons on her before she needs to calm down. She is assisting me with training her apprentice and she also helps out leading my granddaughters pony around the countryside. I have a 14.2 coloured mare lily that I hope to compete this coming season, bell who is Ceri’s apprentice and two ponies one of whom I will back and train for the coming season. Life is always hectic but I like it that way. Hope to represent the club again in 2017.
Hi I am Emma Wake, owner of Paddy (Paddy’s Boy). He is a 10yo 14.2hh connemara gelding by prince of thieves. Iv owned Paddy’s boy a year come April. Took him on as a wee project and we just clicked. He came at the perfect time as my horse (also called paddy) who i was producing to event had been diagnosed with navicular syndrome so paddy allowed me to continue to compete and discover the bond we have. We have achieved a massive amount in this short time including competing up to BE100 and currently working towards novice next season. Been place in top ten each BE outing. Competing at Blair and Scottish horse show at Ingilston. Taking part in the 100cm eventing team at riding club championships and coming 2nd. Really looking forward to the up and coming season with lots planned for him and my other 3 boys. Means so much to me to be chosen for the achievement award as me and Paddy Have worked so hard and my four legged friends are my world so means a lot when it is noticed.