Young Lockerbie rider wins masterclass with Olympic hero

Young Lockerbie rider wins masterclass with Olympic hero

Wallacehall schoolboy, Duncan Sloan, won a masterclass from Olympic show jumper Ben Maher, the lesson was part of 14-year-old’s prize for winning the Land Rover Pony Club Northern Regional Championships, Land Rover has worked with The Pony Club this year for the first time, with a competition for grassroots riders

Whitley, UK, Tuesday 6 December 2016: Christmas came early last Sunday for Nithsdale Pony Club member – Duncan Sloan – when long-term equestrian sponsor, Land Rover, gave him to have a riding lesson with Olympic gold-medal winning show jumper Ben Maher.
Duncan, 14, from Lockerbie and his pony ‘Dinky’ won the individual show jumping title at the Land Rover Pony Club Northern Regional Championships at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre in Selkirk in August. As part of his prize, title sponsors, Land Rover arranged for him to have a show jumping lesson with the London 2012 Olympic Gold medalist at his training base.

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Above: Duncan Sloan and Dinky enjoying their lesson.

After the lesson, Duncan said: “This was an experience of a lifetime – it was amazing and unforgettable! I’m so glad Dinky and I got this opportunity. Massive thank you to Ben and all the team for making our day so special.”

The Land Rover Pony Club Regional Championships is aimed at grassroots riders with the intention of introducing new talent into a competitive structure. In its inaugural year, there were five championships events across the UK in the summer school holidays. Each individual winner was offered the opportunity to have a lesson from Land Rover ambassador – Ben Maher.

Ben added: “I started riding when I was eight-years-old and was a member of my local Pony Club. It is the biggest youth equestrian organisation in the world and it provides a brilliant platform for young people to learn about caring for horses.”

Ben, who competed for Team GB at Rio 2016, said: “The Land Rover Pony Club Regional Championships is a brilliant initiative that gives young riders a chance to experience a competition environment for the first time. It’s a great prize that Land Rover has arranged for the winning riders. I hope Duncan learnt something today and essentially had some fun at the same time.”

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Above: Duncan and Dinky thoroughly enjoyed their day with Ben.

The 33-year-old added: “I started riding when I was eight-years-old and was a member of my local Pony Club. It is the biggest youth equestrian organisation in the world and it provides a brilliant platform for young people to learn about caring for horses.”

Land Rover has more than 30 years heritage in the equestrian sport and is a long-term supporter of several major equestrian events, including Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. To find out more about Land Rover’s long-term commitment to equestrian sport, visit www.landrover.co.uk/equestrian

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