Congratulations to the Tower Farm Exam Candidates

NewsPosted by Susan Fri, April 27, 2018 18:51:44
Congratulations to Gemma McGinley, Chloe Currie, Kathryn Whitfield and Abbie McDowall who travelled up from Tower Farm in Edinburgh to sit their Ride Leader examination. All four were successful and passed their exam to a high standard. Well done girls.

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Spring Exam Dates

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, March 22, 2018 20:36:02
Ride Leader/Senior Ride Leader examinations have been arranged for the following dates subject to numbers forward.

Thursday 26th April Crieff Hydro
Thursday 10th May Crieff Hydro

Bolt on basic teaching assessment:

Wednesday 25th April and Wednesday 9th May.

Only candidates already holding the Ride Leader examination with up to date First Aid can do the bolt on. Half day training will be carried out in the morning with the assessment in the afternoon. Venues to be arranged.

If interested in any of the above, please contact the office.

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Spring 2018 Examinations

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, March 15, 2018 13:13:55
Due to the wintry weather we have been experiencing, we have not set dates for the spring TRSS exams during March. We are now hoping for a better April and will be discussing possible dates following the Easter school holidays when hopefully the weather will be more settled.
If you have not already done so, can you please contact the office if you think you will have candidates ready to do an exam to allow us to pick an appropriate venue.

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Final, Final Ride Leader exam at Glen Tanar

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, November 16, 2017 18:13:42
When we set the date for the final exam of the season, we did not realise how many candidates we had to cater for. As a result, we will be holding a further examination for Ride Leader/Senior Ride Leader depending on candidates forward, at Glen Tanar in Aboyne towards the end of the year, weather permitting.
If anyone wishes to join the remaining candidates at Aboyne, please let me know through the messaging system on the website or through the TRSS email. We have places available at the moment.You might have to be prepared to ride in the snow but as the group on Arran show, anything is possible.

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Successful Ride Leader Examination at Crieff Hydro on the 14th November

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, November 16, 2017 18:05:06
Examiners Dilla Patrick and Sarah Basford had a long day when 10 candidates came forward to sit their Ride Leader examination. In addition, Marissa Connelly completed the units she needed to add to her stage 2 examination to gain her Ride Leader and is going to work part time at Crieff when required.
Candidates travelled from the island of Tiree, Tain, Kincraig, Morar and Argyll to join local candidates who did not have to get out of bed so early. We were delighted when all candidates passed their exams which is a record as we always have one or two who have to resit. Well done everyone and thank you to our examiners who worked their socks off to complete the timetable before darkness fell.
The last group stretch their legs before dismounting at the end of a very long day.

Congratulations to the following candidates:
Janis MacArthur and Julie MacInnes from the Tiree Trekking Centre who had to endure a ferry trip and a long drive to reach Crieff. Sitting exams from the Islands is not easy and it takes a lot of organising and determination to carry it off, not to mention the overnights and arranging cover at home.
Shelagh Sharman and Kathleen Opdeweegh from Silver Sands Trekking Centre up in Morar. Another long drive and overnight as the exams start at 8.30am
Aimee Patience from Highlands Unbridled in Tain. She could probably sleep on the long road home as she was not driving but it makes it a very long day when you finish so late.
Eilidh Cadden from Alvie Stables in Kingcraig. Eilidh had expected to sit her exam earlier in the year but unfortunately we had to cancel due to the dates being unsuitable for most candidates. She was very happy to receive her certificate and was going off to work as an Elf over the Christmas season as the centre has wound down for winter.
Aime Latona is going to join Wilder Ways for the 2018 season and is looking forward to a summer of adventure riding in some of the most scenic areas in Scotland. Enjoy.
Alice MacLennan from Crieff Hydro Stables. Alice is the newest member of the Hydro stable staff and is glad to have her first exam under her belt.
Emma Finander and Abby Peters are both volunteers from Crieff Hydro stables and wanted to sit their exam to enable them to be more useful round the yard. Well done girls on coming forward and passing your exams.

Not all candidates appear on the group photograph as some had gone off to see to horses.

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Senior Ride Leader Pass

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, November 16, 2017 17:27:04
Congratulations to Jessica Ross from Argyll Adventure in gaining her Senior Ride Leader qualification. Jessica is the head girl at Argyll Adventure and has an all round knowledge of the running of a successful riding centre.
Jessica is in the back row on the right in the group photograph taken at Crieff Hydro at the end of the exams in the previous post.,

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New Centre Operators

NewsPosted by Susan Thu, November 16, 2017 17:23:49
At the Centre Operator Exam taken by chief examiner for the Society, Liz Simpson, four candidates were successful. The numbers taking this examination is very small compared to the other examinations as candidates need a good business brain, be experienced in employment laws and experience of running a riding centre over a period of time. Some years we do not hold an exam and this year having four candidates sitting it at the same time and passing was very unusual.
Our first two successful candidates come from Strachur and they run Wilder Ways. Nikki Dayton and Cara Gelati both enjoyed adventure riding with their own horses and started the business as a guiding service for people with their own horses. This soon progressed into providing mounts for riders and having a very quick baptism of fire regarding legislation and the problems associated with running a riding centre. The business has had a very busy season and they have increased the number of horses and also employed Amie Latona who sat her Ride Leader with Sarah Basford on the same day. The centre was approved in early 2017 and both Nikki and Cara have worked extremely hard to complete their exams in between everything else they have been doing.
Winter may be coming in fast but this picture of one of their rides shows Scotland at her best and we wish them many days like this to come. Our other two candidates travelled down from Highlands Unbridled up in Tain. The centre has been going through a rough patch lately and updating their qualifications to Centre Operator has been the end of a long struggle to get back on track. Congratulations to Jan O'Neil and her business partner Katie Shepherd on passing their examination. Photograph to follow.

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Centre Operator Exam

NewsPosted by Susan Fri, October 13, 2017 17:06:17
A Centre Operator Examination will take place at Crieff Hydro Stables on Tuesday 14th November. This is a managers exam and candidates must hold a Senior Ride Leader qualification, full First Aid Certificate and have experience in running a business. In addition, candidates must have attended a Safeguarding workshop, be a member of the PVG scheme and show knowledge in all aspects of starting up and running a successful business.
Candidates will be carefully vetted and must contact the office to obtain an application form and training material. This is a non riding qualification and candidates will not be required to ride.

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