Heather saddles up to take part in Special Olympics event

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A Bearsden girl has clinched a place in the West of Scotland Equine Squad that will take part in this summer’s Special Olympics.

Heather O’Leary (19) is one of only seven riders to represent the West of Scotland area.

She is a member at Riding for the Disabled (RDA) in Summerston.

Heather, who has learning disabilities and dyslexia, will be joined by two other riders from RDA - Erin Lee and Lucy Archer, both from Bishopbriggs - when they travel to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire for the week-long event starting on July 15.

The riders will compete in categories including dressage, stable management and working pony disciplines.

Heather’s proud mum, Deirdre, said: “They have been training hard with the help of RDA coaches Lynne Shovelin and Stephen Mackay. They have been great.

“Heather is delighted at being selected for the squad. She has worked really hard to achieve this.”

The West of Scotland squad members have been busy holding a number of fundraising events, including a race night, to help cover the cost of their trip to the Special Olympics.

If you would like to make a donation to help the squad compete at the Special Olympics over the summer, visit their just giving site at www.justgiving/westofscotlandspecialolympicequinesquad/

Heather is pictured during a recent training session at Riding for the Disabled, in Summerston.