horsescotland would like to thank all who took part in the Equality in Sport Survey.
Who we are and what we do
horsescotland is the national organisation for all equestrian sports and activity in Scotland. The vision that we share with our members is:
To enable those in our sport and sector, by supporting their development,
to excel in what they do best…
The key outcomes for Scottish equestrianism are to:
- Increase the overall levels of participation and equestrian activity in Scotland
- Enable Scottish riders, drivers, vaulters and equines to excel on the world stage
- Support horsescotland member bodies to flourish by working collaboratively
horsescotland is a partner of sportscotland (the national sports agency) and seeks to enable equestrian sport and the equestrian sector in Scotland to develop and excel through the highest levels of participation in the sport and the highest levels of growth for the country's equestrian industry.
horsescotland represents Scotland's 23 member organisations and a growing number of individual and club members, providing high quality support, funding, training and coaching for all those with an interest in the horse.
horsescotland was formed in 1998 and has achieved the following:
- The establishment of a network of club competition coaches, enabling growth of participation and sporting success
- The development of the UK Coaching Certificate, providing our coaches with a nationally-recognised qualification
- Secured sportscotland funding of £943,000 for 2008-2011, plus capital funding of £450,000 for the construction of the Scottish National Equestrian Centre at Oatridge, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian
- Riding excellence through our athlete development programmes
- Raisied the standards for the provision of quality facilities and services, including health and safety, for riders, coaches, volunteers and many of those involved in the development of equestrian activity
- The equestrian sports industry contributes £228 million each year to the Scottish economy (not including the horse racing industry)
- Approximately 200,000 people ride, drive or vault on horses in Scotland every week
- Scottish riders have represented the UK at all levels from junior to senior, and been part of gold medal winning teams at Olympic, World and European level on five occasions in the last 3 years
- There are some 500 Scottish riding clubs and schools
- More than 27,500 Scots are members of equestrian organisations
- Around 3,500 people participate in equestrian competitions each week
- There are some 100,000 horses in Scotland
Scottish Sports is.....http://youtu.be/Es-PBpOwH8I
To celebrate the release of Disney•Pixar's Brave, HorseScotland have created this interactive map showing you where you can experience the magical landscape of Scotland on horseback, or watch one of the exciting equestrian events happening across the country this summer.
HORSESCOTLAND AWARDS 2012
The horsescotland Awards recognise and reward the contribution of Scotland's equestrian coaches, volunteers, performers, clubs, equine breeders and equestrian business community. The winners collected their awards in their respective categories at thehorsescotland Awards 2012 in association with Solar Power Scotland.
After much deliberation by the horsescotland Board, the following award winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony held at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld on Friday 2 November.
Coach of the Year: Gemma Hope, Equibuddy
Volunteer of the Year: George Tait, Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland
Performer of the Year: Scott Brash, British Showjumping
Club of the Year: Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled
Equine Breeder of the Year: Christine and Charlie Anderson
Equestrian Business of the Year: Shoesecure
The horsescotland Board chose the winners of each category based on a range of criteria, which included their contribution to the development of equestrian activity at a local, regional or national level.
With unprecedented success in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, there was a clear winner for the Performer of the Year - Scott Brash who won gold as part of the Team GB Showjumping Team. Unfortunately, Scott was unable to attend the event but offered the following words of acceptance.
"I am delighted and honoured to be awarded as winner of the horsescotland Performer of the Year. This has been a truly fantastic year for me personally and the equestrian sector as a whole.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank horsescotland for all their work over the last several years. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to all those involved at British Showjumping, the British Equestrian Federation and sportscotland."
Louise Martin CBE, Chairperson of sportscotland, went on to say,
"Much of the success of Team GB is down to the quality of the coaches and the commitment of the thousands of volunteers whose efforts more often than not go unnoticed. The horsescotland awards created the perfect stage to recognise and reward the contribution of Scotland's equestrian coaches, volunteers, performers, clubs, equine breeders and equestrian business community"
Stephen MacGregor, Chair of horsescotland, summarised the awards ceremony,
"The horsescotland awards 2012 was a fantastic opportunity for the equestrian community to come together and celebrate Scotland's unprecedented equestrian success over the last 12 months.I would like to thank everyone who came along and made it a real night to remember and offer my sincere thanks to our title sponsor Solar Power Scotland and the Coach of the Year sponsor - the Sports Academy of Scotland.
horsescotland will be driving forward an exciting programme of initiatives in the year ahead and will continue to work closely with its member bodies and key stakeholders to put in place a world-class system for Scottish equestrianism that ensures the welfare of the horse."
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Sara Smith and Carol Simpson (Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled) and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Amanda Saville (sports driving unlimited), Sara Smith (representing equi-buddy) and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Robyn Smith (British Dressage) and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Muriel Colquhoun - shoesecure and Sonja Cunningham - myrentalhorsebox.com and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Muriel Colquhoun - shoesecure and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Christine and Charlie Anderson (Scottish Equine Breeders Association) and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
Stephen MacGregor (horsescotland), Shona McNeil (Polnoon Riding Club), Zaidee Williamson (Scottish Equestrian Vaulting) and Stephen Fleming (Solar Power Scotland)
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