Equestrian club gallops to success

Linlithgow Academy equestrian team
Linlithgow Academy equestrian team

Linlithgow Academy has many and varied school clubs , but the latest - an equestrian team - is certainly a change from the norm.

The group, which grew out of a chat between parents at the school gates with like-minded ideas, was formed in March, and has already seen success in its first competition.

The team, which comprised Izzie Barton, Katie McGregor, Caitlin Black and Erika Parkinson took third place at their first outing as a team at the Ingliston Country Club’s Scottish Schools event in Bishopton on May 5. Team member Lucy Wood had to withdraw due to her horse being unwell.

All the team members also belong to the Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Pony Club, which allows them access to regional and national events, training and competitions.

Team member Caitlin Black’s mother, Nicole Black, is also the district commissioner for the Pony Club.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Academy now has an equestrian team, and, to learn of its amazing success on the first outing was remarkable.

“I sense that the team is simply going to go on to bigger and better things.

“As district commissioner my role is to encourage and support local children into the sport of equestrianism and promote sportmanship between them.

“I wish them well for the future.”

David MacKenzie, headteacher at the Academy, said: “I am delighted that the girls did so well in this recent event.

“Not every school is able to get involved in sports like this. It was a great opportunity for the girls to show their skills, not just in show jumping but in horse care and turnout.

“I’m absolutely delighted that they finished so high in this national competition.”

The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for young people interested in ponies and riding. There are around 345 branches and 600 centres in the UK. The Pony Club has been the starting point for a large majority of equestrian team members and medal winners.

The Pony Club is represented in no less than 27 countries worldwide .