Isabel Forsyth


Despite a lifelong love affair with horses, I only seriously took up riding in my very late twenties and bought my first horse shortly after my 30th birthday. I have been riding for 20+ years and still love the buzz of learning something new. Last year I acquired a lovely horse from a friend – Roxane Du Talus or Frenchie to her friends and afectionately known as big bird as she’s 17.2. My ultimate ambitions are to jump a foxhunter (have mastered(ish) 1m – so just the other 20cm to perfect) or to appear at the Royal Highland Show – we can all dream. I joined the committee five years ago and previously held posts of secretary and membership secretary. Please get in touch if if you have any queries regarding the club or our activities.

I have been riding since I was little and have taken part in many shows from working hunter to showjumping. I have been part of Ayr riding club for nearly two years now. Milo is my up and coming youngster. I have done many different things with him since he was broken as a 3yo. He has done everything from hunting to dressage and is now part of BD and loving work no matter what it is!

Eilidh Burrow

Vice Chair

Joanne Petty


Brought up on a farm in Yorkshire I got my first pony at six years old. Trigger was an ex-rag and bone pony – very mindful and insisted on walking in the middle of the road (probably good training for riding down the centre line all these years later!). What can I say, he was very much loved and cemented my love of horses at an early age. After moving to Scotland in my twenties and being horseless for a number of years, I then met Vandal and decided it was time to pick up the reins once more. I joined ARC to give us the incentive to get out and about and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting some great friends through their competitions and training.

I started riding when I was about 10 at the local riding school and, after 30 years away from riding took it up again when I lived near Glasgow. When we moved to Ayrshire nine years ago I bought Scooby, 14’1’’ Connemara, and since then life has changed completely. We have a go at most things at low level and I am challenging myself to jump higher and do more XC. I joined Ayr RC 18 months ago and have enjoyed both the training and the competitions.

Helen Green


Julie Hanna

Team Manager

I joined Ayr Riding Club to take part in the dressage and combined training competitions and have been on the committee for a year. Many of you may know me from my involvement with the BHS. Following breaking my shoulder in April 2015 (following a horse related accident) and not being able to ride for numerous months, I became involved in organising our dressage and show jumping teams. I am normally out competing at dressage at prelim/novice level on Merlin, a black fell who I ride for a friend. I also organise our annual Xmas beach ride and Xmas night out and help organise joint events with the BHS.

I have been riding since I was little, and have taken part in most riding club activities, have BHS evented, competed in Western riding events successfully and also at dressage up to Elementary level.

Circumstances rather than career choice led me to become a yard manager where I established a busy riding school and livery yard, following which I spent some time working with and driving the heavy horses of Glasgow City Council.

I gave up owning my own horse many years ago, and for well over 10 years did very little riding, until I moved back to Ayrshire and Julie Hanna found me! I now regularly ride out with my neighbours Danny and Maddie Moriarty and occasionally turn up at a Riding Club event on one of their fabulous horses.

Alison Drummond

Membership Secretary

Karen Thomson

Volunteer Coordinator

After many riding lessons and a couple of loan horses, I bought my first horse for my 30th birthday. I bought Olly as a very green 4-year-old and have had a very steep learning curve.  We have tried our hand at most elements of the equestrian world; however, are still to conquer any.  This is my third year as a member of Ayr Riding Club and my first year on the committee.

Started late at this riding malarkey. Firstly with my wonderful big warmblood Leo who took charge most of the time and I’ve learnt that it was probably just as well. Leo is now in his 20s, has had a stroke and goes everywhere sideways with great zest and enthusiasm in his retirement. Alfie and Eric now take me jumping. Alfie, also a warmblood has the same style as Leo – in charge most of the time as he probably knows best; Eric being more of a feisty thoroughbred is a different story and I’m still working out the controls to see if I can have more of a say!

Caroline Vance

Committee Member

Jackie Thoms

Committee Member

I started riding in 1976 at Muirmill Equestrian Centre and 41 years later I have my horse Odin stabled there, it has changed a bit since 1976! I have had Odin for nearly 8 years and there have been plenty of ups and downs. After he had a severe accident a number of years ago resulting in a fractured cannon bone and most of his leg missing I never thought I would to ride him again never mind compete. Last year we went on to be placed in the Equiads Dressage finals in Novice and Elementary and be part of the mounted prize giving, just shows we should never give up on our dreams! I have also trained and qualified in Equine Reiki which has introduced me to some amazing horses that i have been lucky enough to work on. I joined ARC to take part in the training events and help us improve when competing.

I first started riding at Fergushill Riding School when I was 10 years old and I struck gold 2 years later when I responded to a rider advertisement in the local newspaper. This advert was the start of my wonderful 10 year journey with Phantom – a Connemara pony and Suchi – an ISH. We successfully competed at unaffiliated level in all disciplines with one of my highlights being a member of the Pony Club Show JumpingTeam.

After graduating from University in 2014, I finally bought my very own horse, Zac – a grey ISH.

Our ultimate goal is to master the world of eventing! He is a cross country machine and has great potential over the show jumps  however; the dressage phase is very much a work in progress!

Zac lives with my grey Section A pony, Storm. Storm’s life’s work has been wholly focused on taking great care of the little people on his back and taking full advantage of his irresistible cuteness at local shows!
This is my first year on the committee and I am looking forward to being more involved in this great club and meeting more of our members!

Hayley Nelson

Committee Member

Susan Stuart

Committee member

I rode as a child in Ireland, mostly whizzing about over and under things. Then career and being married to a ‘townie’ put riding out of mind for about twenty years! In 2007 I made a break for the countryside and started to ride a friend’s horses, both of whom, the horses not the friends, were happy to let me build up my confidence and leg muscles, and then, in 2010 I bought Alfie  – the handsome and rascally chap in the photograph. I thought fun and success were just around the corner … but Alfie had other ideas, all of which had us whizzing about in all directions, over, under and sometimes around things, and rarely with the kind of planning or forethought that would have led to rosettes, or as my good friend says, medals. However, over the last three years, with lots of help, encouragement, and the great training events run by the ARC, Alfie and I are finally beginning to work together … I think …

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