Douglas Academy equestrian team saddle up for success

Douglas Academy - the school's equestrian team'3rd April 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Douglas Academy - the school's equestrian team'3rd April 2014'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

An equestrian team from Douglas Academy - which has been going for less than a year - won a first and fourth placed rosette recently.

The team was one of the only state schools, along with Balfron High, who competed in the Scottish schools show jumping competition at Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre in Falkirk, which attracted some of the top show jumping talent from private schools across Scotland.

In total 12 schools took part and the full team from Douglas Academy was made up of Pamela Gray, Rebecca McInnes, Victoria Marshall, Heather Ralston, Megan Collins, Hazel Brimelow, Camille Lemoine, Judy Ralston, Laura Ralston, Aesha Katwan and Amy Lightfoot.

Against some stiff opposition, the girls had an extremely successful day, winning the 95cm jump class and achieving a fourth place in the 75cm jump class.

Val Marshall, Victoria’s mum, said: “This was a major achievement and the girls were delighted with their success. Although Victoria has been riding since she was four, the group has only been going since last May. And it is only in the last four months that they have been very active.”

In the lead up to the competition the girls have been using the riding facilities at Riding for the Disabled in Summerston to practice and this seems to have paid off.

Mrs Marshall added: “This is the second year they have competed at this event and all the girls have come such a long way. It is testimony to all the hard work put in.”

The equestrian team is now look forward to its next competition – the Schools Equestrian Extravaganza at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton on Sunday, May 4.

The team have been very busy training for these events as well as organising fundraising activities to help towards the cost of competing.

They have completed a bag- pack in Asda Bearsden and held a race night and tombola stall at the Fort Shopping Centre which raised £130.

They wished to thank Glenbrae Veterinary Clinic, Equistore and Scotmid as well as other Milngavie traders forsupporting them.