Lewis McLean is a Eventing Rider on the #horsescotland Performance Programme.
Occupation: Student (Pharmacology)
Based in: East Ayrshire
How did you become involved within equestrianism and how has your career developed?
As far back as I can think horses have been ever-present in my life, with my equestrian career spawning at the ripe age of 4 with my first pony. Growing up I participated heavily in various pony clubs, partaking in teams, camps, games and the like, moving on to various rides over this time. While I cannot exactly recall my first event, I do remember when the discipline of eventing began to cement itself as my defining path; through the opportunity I had to ride my mums established horse “Mach” round one of my first 100s at Dalkeith. From there I moved onto different horses
and subsequently up to higher levels. My riding proficiency and commitment grew with my involvement in the Scottish u18s, competing in the u18 championships at Frickley Park three years running; and it was through these experiences I was able to meet first class trainers and life long
friends. It is with my u18 horse “Lissyegan Mikie Lou”, whom I have ridden since I was 15 and persisted with all these years, that I am now competing with at 4* level. Today I also have the addition of a youngster who I will be aiming to develop and bring up the ranks in the coming
Who is your sporting hero? Why?
I find this question difficult, as there are many great riders whom I wish to match the achievements of, however I do not usually think of one specific person
that gives me a sense of awe. Really I suppose all top competitors do; as there is always something to be taken from them.
Complete a 5*
How will being part of the performance programme benefit you personally?
The opportunity to work with first class trainers in aid of refining my virtues and developing my weaknesses as a rider, all while representing the Scottish flag, will be the highlights of being part of the performance programme. More specifically, I wish to develop my dressage performance and further improve my accuracy in the showjumping ring.
8th Thoresby international - Advanced - 2023
8th and highest placed Scottish rider at Blair Atholl international - 3*L - 2019
GB young rider development squad selection 2019.
Won Charlotte Agnew training Bursary 2016.