Kilgraston Open Day
Saturday 2 February 2019
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Kilgraston is the only school in Scotland with equestrian facilities on campus, giving girls the unique ability to ride regularly, on-site, as an extra-curricular activity.
Several Kilgraston girls took part in the Pony Club ‘Sprot Cup’ at Howe on Sunday with some good results.
Ava Miles had great success on her new pony Jake, she came 1st in the 90cm and obtained a Dengie qualification after a nail biting jump off (only 2 going clear in the jump off).
Charlotte Jeffrey came 6th in the 80cm and Issie Jeffrey came 4th in the 1m and 3rd in 1.05m.
Lessons take place daily after school and at weekends in our 60 x 40m floodlit arena. Whether aspiring to ride for the school team or having never ridden before there is something for everyone. All levels are catered for from beginners to competitive riders and sessions are tailored according to the abilities of each rider. The emphasis is on progression, variety and fun.
Lesson numbers are restricted to ensure a high level of tuition and our riding school horses and ponies are hand picked for their excellent temperaments. Our teaching staff posses a wealth of experience and are all fully qualified. We have 3 full time members of staff on the yard, Rachael MacLean is our equestrian manager and our first port of call for booking lessons. Rachael is a BHS registered instructor, UKCC level 2 equestrian coach and has been teaching riding for 13 years. Ruth Elliot is our Instructor/Yard supervisor who is also a BHSAI registered instructor and Lauren Watt is our Groom/Trainee Instructor who is currently working through her BHS exams. All of the equestrian staff love working with the girls and ponies, aiming to boost confidence in the more nervous riders and pushing the more experienced riders to progress and develop further. We offer training for BHS Exams up to BHSAI level and progressive riding tests. BHS Exams are globally recognised across all aspects of the equestrian industry and training is provided by our three in-house BHS Accredited Professional Coaches. Training is on offer to members of the senior school.
Kilgraston is at the heart of schools equestrian events in Scotland. We host the annual Kilgraston Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships. This combined training, team event is always very highly contested, with up to 25 schools vying for the prestigious championships in each of the three age groups.
To book a lesson, taster session or for further information please email:
Rachael MacLean, Equestrian Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kilgraston’s Equestrian Centre recently featured in the Independent Education Today magazine.
Kilgraston is now the centre for the Glenfarg Riding for the Disabled group.
Daisy and Millie L have had a great summer (apart from Daisy breaking her jaw!). They both competed in the PC80 regional qualifiers at Auchlishie in showjumping and eventing for Strathearn Pony Club – Daisy won her section and Millie was sixth in her section. This qualified them both for the Regional Championships at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre in Selkirk. Here, they both did brilliantly, both going clear XC in the eventing section. In the showjumping, Millie and Bacardi were unplaced but did brilliantly, jumping one of only 17 double clears out of 130 competitors.
Issie J and her horse Joey had a great day at PC National Champs, (they qualified as part of a team for the 100 eventing, having won the ODE at Areas) – although unfortunately the rest of the team had a few problems with the XC, which was a challenging course. She and Joey had a dressage of 34 in their first ever long arena, and a double clear, but with time faults XC. Issie and Joey also went to Hopetoun to do their second BE100 in July and came eighth with a double clear and a few time faults XC.
Charlotte Jand her pony Hazel were selected for areas, and qualified as individuals for the dressage in the regional champs ( she and Hazel came 2nd at Areas ) and as part of the team for the 80 jumping (they won). It was her first time at the Regional Champs and she came 4th in her section at dressage and although the team weren’t placed in the SJ, she jumped her biggest round yet at 90 with just one pole down.
Mischa Sand Charlotte J both competed in the showjumping at Perth Show with Mischa winning the 80cm and Charlotte coming second.
Sasha N and her horse Bailey have also both had a busy summer. Sasha qualified for PC Champs with an Individual first at the Area Eventing competition for the third year running and first with her Team and came first with the same team at the dressage qualifier. Sasha was also first Individually and first with her Team in the Novice Eventing Pony Club Championships.
“Well done girls. I’m very proud of you all,” said Kilgraston’s Equestrian Manager, Rachael MacLean