News from the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre

BS Pony Show Sunday 1st Feb


The view from the Indoor School looking towards iconic Borders land mark Ruberslaw

On Sunday 1st February 2015, we held our first British Showjumping Junior Show. The weather in the run up to the competition had been fairly testing with snow falling and temperature’s well below freezing throughout the week. With snow forecast for the Saturday night the team had a sleepless night, however luckily it never fell which allowed for a great days competition. Once the car park areas were gritted, and the school’s harrowed several times, over 150 rounds of show jumping were completed round Neil Foster’s inviting course. Riders travelled from all areas including Alnwick, Dumfries, Cumbria and the Edinburgh areas.

The first two classes were dominated by local riders, with ISEC regular Samantha Gardner and Gelynos Rosie taking the honours in class 1, and Tabitha Scott and Downderry Goldust taking the 2nd class.

The British Novice went to Katy McFadyen and Bounty II just beating her brother Duncan on Milaege for Mile. Katy won the ISEC Unaffiliated  Pony Summer Show Jumping Series in 2014. The Open section of the British Novice went to Gabby Purves on Crystal Magic.


Katy and Duncan McFadyen

First and Second place in the Discovery, and second place in the Newcomers went to Xander Stormonth, who made the journey from Carnwath worthwhile. Cameron Rogan riding AG Dynamo who is owned by William  Stewart, took the Newcomers and Foxhunters in impressive style.

The ISEC team were delighted with the attendance at this first BS Junior Show, and look forwards to hosting more later in the year.


Louise Hebdon

The Spring fixture list is almost complete with competitions most weekends, lots of new exciting things to look forwards to such as the Blair Arena Event Qualifier on the 22nd March, lots of BS and BD and we are also holding more NSEA (Schools) Qualifiers both in March and later in September.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email and in the meantime, lets hope the snow thaws so we can crack on and get horses fit for summer campaigns.

Photos Courtesy of Melanie Horne –