Fyona’s Story

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Fyona joined ESR in November 2017, at just 12 years old and in her first year at Dunbar Grammar. Fyona began riding on a friend's horse at the age of 8, after a year she attended lessons for a few years. Fyona’s riding began to stagnate, she wasn’t moving forward as the riding school didn’t jump which is where she wanted to focus.

Dani took Fyona on as a volunteer at ESR. Dani started at the beginning with Fyona, teaching her properly for the first time, yes she was a capable rider but her previous 8 months had resulted in a loss of confidence. By January/February 2018 Fyona went on her first jumping outing with a small group and this is where she met Hamish and helped him settle in and begin his riding journey. As part of her development, Fyona showcased her talents through a range of events throughout Scotland including cross-country, endurance and dressage.

Fyona has experienced first-hand the loss, grief and absolute joy that horses and ponies can give and bring to us as humans. She has excelled in her learning with Dani, with a work ethic that would put a lot of adults to shame. She has plans for the future, aiming for a career as an equine vet. Dani’s work has made it possible for Fyona to assist and be with several different professionals who attend the yard, such as farriers, dentists, physios, and saddle fitters and also was able to attend a horse being gelded with the vet.

“I am so glad that we met Dani, as she does not shy away from helping others. She wants to see people excel in all that they do. She has developed Fyona into an amazing rider and grafter who doesn’t shy away from hard work. Dani’s vision is all about experiences and getting the children out there to experience all aspects of the horsey world and not to be confined to one horse or one place. We can’t wait to see where else Fyona’s journey will take her with lots already planned for this year including her ride safe test next month and beginning her BHS level one programme during the summer of 2020” said mum Gayle.