HORSESCOTLAND AWARDS 2013
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 the horsescotland Awards 2013.
After much consideration and debate by the horsescotland Board, the following award winners were announced at the sparkling ceremony held at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld on Friday 1 November.
Coach of the Year:David Harland
Volunteer of the Year:Fiona Chisholm
Performer of the Year:Jock McFarlane
Club of the Year:Glenbrae Riding Club
Equine Breeder of the Year:Mary Turnbull
Equestrian Business of the Year:Robinson & Varini Farriers
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.
Ronnie Young MBE, Chair of horsescotland, summarised the awards ceremony when saying:
"The horsescotland awards 2013 was a fantastic opportunity for the equestrian community to come together and celebrate Scotland's substantial 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 sponsors AGL Wealth Management Limited, Equi-ads, Wades Print and our principal partner sportscotland - the national agency for sport.
horsescotland will continue to drive forward a number of exciting programmes and initiatives in the year ahead and will 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."
Billy Bell, Chief Operating Officer of horsescotland, added:
"Much of the success of our riders, drivers and vaulters is down to the quality of the coaches and the commitment of the thousands of volunteers whose efforts are invaluable. 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"
Images by kind permission of Pam Scott Equestrian Photography:
Coach of the Year David Harland (centre) with Alec Lochore (left) and Ronnie Young (right)
Volunteer of the Year Fiona Chisholm (centre) with Douglas Duffin (left) and Ronnie Young (right)
Performer of the Year Jock McFarlane (left) with Ronnie Young (right)
Club of the Year (Glenbrae Riding Club) Elizabeth Logan (centre) with Marjorie Norrie (left) and Ronnie Young (right)
Equine Breeder of the Year - Category sponsored by AGL Wealth Management Ltd.- Mary Turnbull (2nd from left) with Karin McMurray (left), Emma Horne (2nd from right) and Ronnie Young (right)
Equestrian Business of the Year (Robinson & Varini Farriers) Andrew Tennant (centre) with Stephen MacGregor (left) and Ronnie Young (right)
Jean Paterson (left) with Ronnie Young (right)
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
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