Schoolgirl saddles up for world’s famous Horse of the Year Show

A YOUNG Dunbar Grammar School pupil is preparing to compete in the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham in October.

Brodie Beveridge (11), from Stenton, won one of only three qualifying tickets in Scotland for the world’s most famous horse show.

She took up riding at the age of two and started to compete at local shows and the pony club when she was just five years-old.

Brodie and her 138cm mare Golden Fortune, known as Fortune, were picked for the 10 and under Scottish team last year at the Scottish Home Ponies International, winning team gold.

She has progressed up the grades qualifying for the Royal Highland Show, The Scope Festival of Showjumping in Stafford this month, and the Jim and Jean Gillespie final at the Scottish Pony of the Year Show on Loughcutra Lad or Dennis, a 138 cm Connemara stallion.

Brodie competed with the 138cm Scottish team at the Welsh Home Ponies International, displaying a clear round.

She was again selected for the Scottish Home Ponies International this year, striking gold again - and was even asked to jump for the Welsh team which was a member short and, with another clear round, helped the riders achieve bronze.

She will compete in the 138cm final at the Horse of the Year Show, jumping in a class above where she should be for her age, against riders aged 14. She should be in the 128cm section in which the jumps are smaller and less technical but Brodie prefers larger ponies and fences.

She wants to continue her showjumping career when she leaves school and hopes to become a qualified riding instructor, running her own riding school at the family business, Belton Livery near Stenton.

Brodie is trained by Stephanie Babes and sponsored by Gordon Nicolson and his family from Nicolson Kilts, in Edinburgh, and Drew Ramsey Fencing at Stenton.

Further sponsors, who receive advertising on trucks, jackets, t-shirts and saddle clothes, can contact Brodie’s mum Marion on 07799 511 407 or e-mail beltonlivery@live.co.uk