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Liz has been a member of Glenbrae Riding Club since the club was formed. She got into horse riding after seeing the fun that her children had at pony club. She loved all riding club activities and particularly enjoyed jumping and xc. Although not riding any more she still really enjoys helping out at Glenbrae activities.
Liz has been our Chairperson for many years now, and in addition to her many other talents is a wonderful cake maker and she has made our refreshments the envy of other riding clubs around!
I have been involved with horses since the age of six, I have owned my current horse for the last 10 years and we compete at the members nights and local shows. I currently work for NAF so if you are worried about your horses diet or confused about supplements I will more than happily answer your questions.
I have always loved horses for as long as I can remember. As a child I had lessons at a local riding school but I never managed to persuade my parents that a pony/horse would be a great addition to our family. That had to wait for a few years longer than I had hoped - until I was 30 to be exact!!
My first horse was fast and fun loving Inca, a 7/8 thoroughbred chestnut mare who loved show jumping and x country but not dressage - no time!! Sadly she had to be put to sleep a couple of years ago at the age of 24 after a partnership of 14 years.
I had purchased a new horse - Summer Breeze in 2008, a 16.2hh skewbald thoroughbred/warmblood cross. Summer came into our lives with a bang throwing lots of tantrums and challenges at us. But pleased to say we are finally coming together, 2011 saw us doing well in a few hunter trials, and even managed to win Craigie!
Attending events run by GRC has helped us, as they aim to do, by encouraging all levels of riders in a fun learning environment.
As well as normal life duties such as wife, mother and full time nurse, I have been a member of Glenbrae for approximately 14 years and a committee member for nearly 10 of these and for the last 2 years General Secretary - scary responsibilities!! I look forward to seeing old and new members at our club's training sessions, competitions or fun social events.
My first horse was a TB 5yo gelding, who was with me for 10 years until I gave him to an old friend who rode him for several years. Asb-e-Behest stud started 40 years ago with the purchase of the Arab stallion Tobias who sired many lovely horses with his fabulous nature.
I am currently showing his grandaughter Behest Luz Y Amor, a 3yr old by B.Ahuramayda out of a pure Spanish mare. I bred Anglos for many years , hunted with the L+S, drove, showed, evented, long distance and some western riding. My main interests now are showing and hacking out.
I have ridden all my adult life. My passion is hunting. When I was no longer a pony club mum I started to compete myself. In early days this was mainly cross country and jumping, as the years have passed I have moved onto dressage.
Both of my mares are presently in foal so my herd will shortly be expanded by another two. Fortunately for me horses are a family passion!
I mostly compete in affiliated showjumping but over the years have been successful in dressage, showing and working hunter. I have also spent many hours judging and volunteering over the years. Glenbrae is a great club to be involved with as it offers something for all levels and also social occasions for non riding members.
I'm a relatively late developer in the equine world having only started riding when I was 30 (clearly only yesterday!). It was as simple as picking up a routine staff newsletter, reading through the articles and thinking beginners horse lessons sounded fun. The lessons were relatively nearby so I enrolled, and off I innocently ventured, not knowing the life changing impact it would have. It didn't take long until I was hooked, but didn't take long until I was sore either! Hail, rain or shine, ever Saturday morning off I trotted, re-enrolling at the end of the 6-8 week block. It very soon became a weekend ritual, and simply the best part of the week (especially if I stayed on!). I stayed with this riding school having made some good friends. I was addicted to being there, so I found myself helping out over weekends in exchange for extra rides.
The following year, after much patience, I started looking for a horse of my own. Enter Benson! Through a combination of good friends and being in the right place at the right time, I got Benson from the riding school where it all began. I've had Benson for 8 years and he's simply a star. You may have seen us whizzing by at speed when there are jumps around, particularly cross county - his favourite. Benson and I have had fun and completed at BE, xc, sj and even dressage (yes, it is possible!) I've been a member of Glenbrae for 8 years, and a committee member for 3 of these.
I've been a member of Glenbrae Riding Club for many years since owning my first horse Alfie.
I've represented the club in the showjumping teams and also dabbled in dressage too. I've also been to my first ever RC camp and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I helped with both the fundraising for the showjumping team to travel to Lincoln championships and managed to secure many prizes for our last open show up at Blueridge Equestrian.
I hope to encourage new members to join and hope my journey inspires them a little too.
Looking forward to being involved in a great club which has made my horse riding achievements more than I could have imagined.
I first got into horses through the Riding for the Disabled organisation when I volunteered in 1993 and where I met a new friend who loaned me her really cheeky but talented Highland cross pony, Snoopy. I took lessons and enjoyed riding so much that I got hooked.
Next I loaned a gorgeous warmblood, ex brood mare, Eula, who taught me how to stay on when a horse spooks. After Eula came beautiful Bounce who loved to jump and was great fun to ride. Now I have my own horse, Ben. Ben came from a hunting stables so loves to gallop and jump. He wasn't used to riding in a school and our first couple of years have been an education for both of us.
I hope to really get going with him now on with jumping lessons and aim to get into Working Hunter and some TREC with him. Being a part of Glenbrae has let me experience all sorts of horse disciplines that I would never have had the chance to do otherwise.
I always loved horses from when I was young and started riding when I was 9 years old, then after years of pleading with my parents, I got my first pony, George, when I was 16 years old. I had George for nearly 17 years until he was 27.
I was lucky enough to have a part loan of a lovely mare called Abbie for a few years when George was older, during which time I joined Glenbrae, and started doing riding club activities and also some dressage competitions with Abbie.
After George died I bought my horse Blyth in June 2007, but then soon after had to give up riding Abbie. Blyth was only 4 years old when I got him and I soon realised that needed to put all time and focus on him!
Blyth and I enjoy taking part in the different lessons, activities and members nights through GRC.
For both of us, our very favourite thing is hacking. We have done a few pleasure rides in our time, and love to get in the trailer and go somewhere to explore different paths.
It all started with a riding lesson for my 8th birthday! from there it quickly progressed to owning my own pony at 10, DIY life and SJ competitions.
Since then I’ve owned or shared a number of horses all with their own little personalities, and focused on SJ with a small amount of dressage now and then. Then I found the world of eventing!
In 2014 I started looking for a 16.1hh horse that I could start at grassroots level with, and move up the ranks. What i found was a big cheeky, young fat field ornament who I fell in love with straight away.
In 2015 we did a few not pretty BE80s to get a feel of them and get some mileage under our belts. In 2016 we moved up to BE90’s and got placed in each outing (very proud mummy moments). For 2017 we're starting with BE90 with the aim of moving up to BE100 by the end of the session. Then in 2018 we may do our first novice depending if I have my brave pants on because I now know it will be me that stops us from moving further up the ranks!
I've ridden since I was 4 and owned horses for 15 years.
Bonnie is my 17 year old IDxTB mare. I've owned her for 8 years. Joining Glenbrae has given us the confidence to take part in all sorts of activities from camp to x-country to showjumping.
Bella is Bonnie's 2 year old daughter and my homebred star show horse. We regularly compete in coloured, sport horse and youngstock classes at local shows up to the highland.