NewsPosted by Susan Wed, May 31, 2017 17:16:18
Kirstin McGregor of Kirkcaldy is the George Tait Memorial Award winner for 2017. The George Tait Memorial Award was piloted in 2015 as a fitting tribute to George who was passionate about young people gaining experience and training to enable them to work in the industry and gain qualifications. The award is a joint venture between The Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland and Horsescotland through their member body development programme. Kirstin who holds a BHS stage 1, HNC in Equine Studies, a UKCC Level 1, a TRSS Ride Leader certificate and recently achieved her TRSS Senior Ride Leader at Crieff Hydro is keen to add a coaching or teaching qualification to her list and will use the fund money to develop her riding and fund CPD opportunities to allow her to achieve her goal. Barbarafield is hoping to construct an outdoor arena at the farm to expand on what the centre can offer and Kirstin is keen to be able to develop other riders and provide a mix of activities for riders at the centre. We wish her well for the future.
NewsPosted by Susan Wed, May 31, 2017 16:58:59
Caroline Buckle, owner of Tower Farm Stables, receives the runner up certificates from Allan Lundmark and Fiona Rawson. Sarah Armstrong and Erin Reynolds from Tower Farm were highly recommended but just piped at the post by Kirstin.
NewsPosted by Susan Wed, May 31, 2017 16:54:29
At the recent Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland AGM and members day held at Auchterarder, Allun Lundmark, Chairman of the Society and Fiona Rawson Education and Development Officer for Horsescotland, had great pleasure in presenting the George Tait Memorial Award to Kirstin McGregor of Kirkcaldy. Kirstin was nominated by her employer Wendy Berwick of Barbarafield Riding School in Cupar, one of the TRSS member centres.
NewsPosted by Susan Tue, February 14, 2017 20:30:04
Following the successful pilot run in 2015 and later than anticipated, The Trekking and Riding Society has great pleasure in announcing the support of Horsescotland to match fund the training grant to encourage and develop a staff member from one of our approved member centres. George Tait spent many years as a stalwart of the TRSS and was passionate about staff members being properly trained for the job. These days it is more important than ever to train and qualify staff working in riding centres to safeguard clients and the business.
The fund money of £200 will be awarded to a staff member fitting the criteria to enable them to develop their skills and seek further training with a suitably qualified coach or tutor. It is ideally aimed at someone who has started on the qualification route and would benefit from quality coaching to enable them to progress in the industry and sit further examinations. The staff member must have worked in the yard for a period of at least a year and should intend to remain in the industry.
Current TRSS approved paid up members can nominate staff members employed in the business by submitting 200 words describing why they feel their staff member deserves to receive the award. As shortlist will be put together from the nominated staff members and candidates will be asked to answer a few questions to enable the panel members to choose a worthy recipient. Certificates will be presented to both the winner and runners up with a small engraved plaque being presented to the winner at the TRSS Annual Members Meeting held at Auchterarder in May.
Information and criteria will be sent out to all member centres shortly.
2015 Winner Eve Carlin with Susan Howard (TRSS) and Fiona Rawson (Horsescotland)
NewsPosted by Susan Sun, December 04, 2016 21:44:44
All examination results and news will be on the examinations page. Please click on the examination button for the latest news.
NewsPosted by Susan Tue, July 05, 2016 17:56:25
May and June have been extremely busy months for our examiners with five examinations taking place at different venues in Scotland.
The first venue was Tower Farm Stables in Edinburgh where Eva Korotkich successfully upgraded to Senior Ride Leader. Elisha Murray, Erin Reynolds, Sarah Armstrong, Rebecca Webster, Mia Andrews-McGlynn, Alexander Duffy and Ross Young successfully passed their Ride Leader qualification keeping Liz Simpson our Chief Examiner and Examiner Kirsten Kennedy busy. All the candidates found it a positive experience and enjoyed their day.
Crieff Hydro stables was the next venue with candidates travelling from Morar, Kingussie and Tain to sit their exams. Hannah Accorsini and Rebecca Cameron passed their Senior Ride Leader and Emily Brown, Lee-Anne Menzies, Hannah MacKinnon, Yvonne Shepherd and Katie Shepherd all passed their Ride Leader examination. Liz Simpson and Kirsten Kennedy again examined.
Liz Simpson then travelled over to the Uist Community Riding School to exam two Senior Ride Leaders, Nina Wren and Jennifer Ross who both passed and Ride Leaders Jennifer MacVicar and Hannah MacDonald who also passed. It's difficult for candidates on the Islands to find appropriate exams and it was easier to send an examiner in, rather than the candidates travel out.
The next examination venue was Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre up in Aboyne. This was a big examination and kept Liz Simpson and Sarah Basford busy. It was a very successful exam with all candidates passing. The furthest travelled from Argyll Adventure Hollie MacPhee and Isla McClean passed their Ride Leader as did two from Teen Ranch in Inchture Hannah Drew and Grace Mhairi Millivard. Also passing Ride Leader closer to home, Kathryn Harle, Rosie Glass, Isla McLean, Margaret Seaward and Alison Korzinek. Alicia Davis and Carol Bisset who passed their Ride Leader examination the previous year upgraded to Senior Ride Leader. The highlight of the night when the exam had finished was the bottle of champagne produced by Margaret Seaward to mark the occasion. It finished off what had been a very busy but successful day.
The final examination of June was held up at Broomhill Riding Centre at Fortrose. Liz Simpson was again Chief Examiner assisted by Lorna Clark. Anna Waters, Kirsty Pedden, Abbie MacAllister, Megan Nicholls, Siobhan Burford and Orianne Chausse all passed their Ride Leader qualification.
Well done to all the successful candidates and to those who were not yet ready, work on the areas you were weak in and have another try. Having gone through the exam you will be much better prepared next time round.
Thank you to our hard working examiners, Liz Simpson our chief examiner and her team of Kirsten Kennedy, Sarah Basford and Lorna Clark. All examiners are qualified assessors and have gone through the exam system themselves. They know the levels the qualification is set at and have all been training candidates prior to becoming examiners.
We have already candidates on our waiting list for exams later in the year and will be finding suitable venues shortly. In the meantime if anyone would like further details on the syllabus please contact us through the enquiry form.
NewsPosted by Susan Wed, May 25, 2016 21:55:43
The Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland is pleased to announce Allan Lundmark has taken over as Chairman of the Society. We thank Allison Fellows who was chair for the last two years for all her hard work on our behalf and wish her well with her house move across to the East.
Allan brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and we look forward to working with him to improve the running of the Society.
Allan was previously a director with SEA prior to the re-branding to Horsescotland and we are delighted he is willing to give us his time and expertise now that he is retired.