Results from competitions at the Equestrian Centre

Princess Royal opens Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (ISEC)

Today (Wednesday 24th September 2014) the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (ISEC) was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. The Princess arrived on the evening of 23rd September and enjoyed supper with Ian, Jenny and a small group of friends and family.

On the morning of the opening Ian and the Princess took in the views from Greenhill Farm on horseback before distinguished guests which included Selkirk Provost David Anderson and Councillor Graham Garvie were presented to the Princess at 10am by Lord Lieutenant Maitland-Carew.

The Princess was then introduced to a number of the Centre’s Founder and Annual Members and Sponsors. These guests included Mark Gilbert of Glenmayne, the Vice Chairman of the Duke of Buccleuch Hunt, Francis and Felicity Peto of Cowdenknowes Estate and Mrs Cindy Onslow of Borthwickshiels, Joint Organiser of Floors Castle Horse Trials.

After a short speech in which she thanked Ian and Jenny Stark for their hard work and investment in creating a much needed equestrian facility for the Scottish Borders, the Princess then cut the ribbon and announced the centre officially open.

Members of the Ettrickbridge and Dryden RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) which is celebrating its 50th birthday – making it 5 years older than the RDA itself – then demonstrated their skills in a short display which was watched by the Princess and guests of ISEC.

The Princess was then invited to cut the birthday cake and make special presentations to long serving and notable volunteers including Marjory White and Caryl Thompson, who have dedicated 50 and 35 years respectively to the association, and Christopher Jannetta, who was named Edinburgh and Borders Regional Volunteer of the Year.