Eilidh Burrows

Chairperson

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!

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

Vice Chair

Helen Green

Treasurer

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.

I started riding when I was 5 years old in Argyll, where I grew up, and have been hooked ever since! I moved to Glasgow for University and have remained in the city to date. In September 2017 I bought my first horse, Corri, an ISH who is teaching me lots! Our first year together has seen us out showing (she is now CHAPS registered), competing at British Dressage Prelim level, we attended the BHS camp at Lindores and took part in our first Cross Country and Trec fun event. I’m looking forward to the horsey adventures 2019 has in store. I joined Ayr Riding Club in September 2018 after moving Corri closer to home, as I wanted to take advantage of the super training and competitions offered.

Keira Finlayson

Secretary

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 looked after me as I learnt to ride. He is now in his mid 20s, has had a stroke and goes everywhere sideways with great zest and enthusiasm in his retirement.  Alfie, in the photo, is also a warmblood – I got him when he was just 5 and he is now at the ripe old age of 21 and still a great enthusiast for XC and SJ. Eric is a later arrival, is a feisty thoroughbred and much more of a challenge – he also loves to jump but we are doing quite a bit of dressage/flatwork as I’m still working out the controls to see if I can have more of a say when we leave the ground!

Caroline Vance

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 …

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

Louise Morgan

Committee member

After vowing 12 years ago that I would never venture into horse ownership again, I find myself the proud owner and totally besotted by Kenny, my Connemara pony.  I joined ARC while I was on a riding break just after a knee replacement, having told them I was interested in the team dressage opportunities.  Julie roped me into the committee and here I am still, a year later!  It’s been a great year though, and the high point has to have been qualifying with the dressage team for the National Championships last August.

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