Wednesday September 18, 2019
Eilidh Roberts at Royal Windsor Blog

Introduction:

My name is Eilidh Roberts and I am 16 years old.  I have been a member of Berwickshire Hunt Pony Club since I was 5 years old.  During this time I have been lucky enough to be involved in many different disciplines with various ponies.  Along with a fantastic team of friends, and my first pony, Chloe, we all put our hearts and souls into pony club games managing to secure our place at the Scottish Horse of the Year Show and the Royal Highland Show where we were one of the only junior teams to perform at the event.  My pony of a lifetime, Zeta, took me to pony club area show jumping and eventing year upon year until I sadly outgrew her and had to pass her to my little brother to enjoy.   

My equestrian love is now dressage with my horse Flashy Rocko.  I bought Rocko 4 years ago and quickly realised jumping was not his thing.  I started dressage training with Jane Rutherford and she saw his potential straight away.  It took us months to teach Rocko how to get right lead canter but once we cracked that we were on the way up! For the last 2 years I have been a member of British Dressage and have competed at regional championships as well as riding for Team Scotland at the Sheepgate Under 25 years Championships.  I even made it to the National Championships at Hartpury this year! 

Pony Club has been an amazing experience for me and I still have the same friends I met at my first ever camp all those years ago.  It is great to keep in touch with everyone as we have all gone in different directions with our horses but we all still love riding. 

People think dressage is boring – let me assure you it is anything but boring.  Teaching your horse how to dance is the most amazing achievement ever.  It is a lot of hard work but worth every minute of training. 

When I received the telephone call to say I had been selected to ride for Scotland at the Royal Windsor Horse Show I felt like my childhood dream had finally come true.  Who doesn’t want to represent their country at such a prestigious event? I am so excited and can’t wait to get there.  I will be keeping a diary of my training and what is happening in the run up to the event but my horse is very quirky and likes to keep things exciting for me so I am sure it will not be an easy ride!

BD Youth Competition at Rockrose

PC Championships at Cheshire

PC Championships at Cheshire

A very excited/naughty Rocko at BD National Championships at Hartpury

Rocko at Hartpury – the good bit!

PC Area 19 Competition at Morris Equestrian