Results from competitions at the Equestrian Centre

Team McFadyen

Duncan (14), Katy (12) & Rory (9)

Team-McFadyen

Question 1)

Over the past 12 months, what improvements have you made to your horse and you’re riding and how has this been reflected in your results?

We are at very different stages in our riding consequently we all have different challenges and targets.

Rory has in the last year started competing in British Showjumping competitions. In that time he has gone from jumping 55cm to jumping double clear at 85cm. To do this he has had to become more confident and positive in his riding.
Katy is an all rounder and competes in games, tetrathlon and showjumping. She has been very consistent in 85cm classes and was in the Scottish Team that went to Weston Lawns to compete at that height. She has started doing 95cm classes and is having to ride more technical courses in a positive manner.

Duncan has aspirations to be a showjumper!! He got a young 148cm pony two years ago. Duncan has slowly brought him on including schooling, cross country and hunting and recently his perseverance has paid off. He qualified for the Dengie Final, jumped in the Scottish 95cm team, qualified for two finals at the National Championships where he was placed 5th & 6th and recently jumped clear in his first 1m10cm . To achieve this he has had to be patient and learn to be very quiet in his riding.

Question 2)

Over the past 12 months, what fixtures have you attended at ISEC and how do you feel the centre has helped you to achieve your goals?

Over the last 12 months we have attended numerous events at ISEC. These include BS competitions, specialist training sessions, NSEA qualifiers, unaffiliated show jumping, clear round jumping, arena eventing, pony club rallies, mounted games training and tetrathlon training.

The range of events and the different levels of competition available at ISEC have helped all three of us improve our riding and competition results and progress at a suitable pace to achieve our goals.

The clear round and unaffiliated showjumping have been great for Rory to gain confidence and become more positive over varying heights of courses and challenges such as water trays and scary fillers!

Katy has competed regularly but also taken advantage of the training opportunities to help her move up a level confidently. Katy was asked to ride a young mountain & moorland pony this summer. She had just been broken and Katy very successfully used ISEC initially for tiny clear rounds and culminated with being awarded Supreme Champion at the Summer Show!

Duncan has gained experience jumping at a higher level and has also used the very helpful staff at ISEC for advice as to how he develops his riding into the future and possibly as his chosen career.

Question 3)

Going forward what are your aims and how do you hope to use ISEC to help you achieve these?

Rory’s aim for the next year will be to consolidate what he has achieved this year. He will attend unaffiliated and BS Shows to become confident and successful in classes up to 85cm.
Katy has very recently returned from the NSEA Championships at Addington where her Morebattle Primary Team were crowned 75cm National Champions. They will be aiming to qualify for the Championships again next year and so will be attending qualifiers and other shows to gain experience for that and in general. Katy will also be slowly moving onto Duncan’s 14.2hh pony and so will need to get competition experience with him.

Duncan is currently looking to move onto a horse as he won’t stop growing! He will be looking for opportunities to develop his skills and techniques to make the move from ponies to horses as painless as possible.
He is also looking to his future and will be looking to attend clinics and training to help him achieve his ambition of working in the equestrian industry.

ISEC has been fantastic for all three of us as it hosts such a range of events which have helped us develop whilst we are supporting a new, innovative local enterprise.