Highland Pony Society News

2.10.2018 14:05 Age: 234 days

Full Study Day Programme Released!

Category: General

Scottish National Equestrian Centre

The Highland Pony Study Day

Saturday 3 November 2018 – 100hrs to 1600hrs

Scottish National Equestrian Centre, Ecclesmachan,

Broxburn EH52 6NH (five miles from Edinburgh Airport)


All Members and Friends very welcome!

The Council of the Highland Pony Society has now completed the programme for the imminent Members’ Study Day. Please remember to bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and soft drinks with baking will be supplied by members of Council.

There will be three main speakers and three ‘breakout groups’ designed to help all those involved in the Highland breed whether in the show ring, in one of the many disciplines which Highlands enjoy or simply in the field. We are privileged that these speakers have agreed to give presentations us.

We are delighted that Erik Mackechnie Guire will be addressing a host of issues relating to showing – both In Hand and Ridden. Erik is an engaging speaker not afraid to air the things which many reserve for social media! He will share anecdotes with the aim of improving your showing experience within the ring.

Justine Kane-Smyth is a European vet whose day job involves equine surgery chiefly on heads and also lecturing to post graduates at the University of Liverpool. Justine will be looking at issues relating to stress in Highland ponies and the multitude of diagnoses which come along with the symptoms of colic.

Audrey Barron, an experienced breeder, one of our current Councillors and a past President of the Society, is looking at the issues involved in ensuring that youngstock take easily to the saddle and she will incorporate a long reining demonstration.

The Breakout groups will be covering Condition Scoring (Gilean Docherty), Highland feet and farriery and the influences on hoof growth (Jason Cunningham and Shona Halford) and Debbie Dow of SAOS will address how data works for the equine industry including the development of the ScotEquine Pilot, what it means to horse owners and to the equestrian community.

In order that numbers can be catered for, please phone (01764 664000) or email Susie Robertson (info@highlandponysociety.com) to confirm that you will be attending.