Browsing through the internet I came upon the Grampian Branch of the
Scottish Endurance Riding Club's Web Site and I was interested to view the
My name is Bill Warrander and I was a member of the Club in the early days
along with my horse Dunskin and spent many happy times at rideouts and
It was interesting to see a few of the present members are still supporting
the Club, like Marlene Arthur, Mary and Leon Stelmach and Ruth Riddell to
name a few.
I still have my horses Dunskin and Roo but have not ridden them for about
ten years, other activities have taken over, so its just a case of feeding
and watering them and seeing to their needs.
I will be watching the Web Site more frequently and would like to wish the
Club and its members all the best for the next 20 years.
|Mary was forced to give up riding when she lost her sight.
However she remains very positive and is her usual bright and cheerful, and
very capable self. Her guide dog Cameron has just been awarded
a place in the finals of
the BBC Breakfast Guide Dog of the Year Awards to be held on 6th September
2007. There is an article about Mary and Cameron on the News &
|Lesley and her husband are now back in Banchory.
She and her daughter Debbie have been coming to some of our Grampian
Pleasure Rides and it's great to see her back. Hopefully she will
write something for the message board soon.
Are you Susan that sold me Joe? -
Lovely to hear from Bob Harper. Often wondered where he went. Carol
Bunting and I were the speakers at the Kintore Arms that night and
remember well the excitement and enthusiasm that was oozing from the
HI Stranger, long time no see
Susan Kilgour here I was also one of the original Committee Members along
with my mum Ann Kilgour. We had some great fun while on the committee and
its strange that I was just thinking what has happened to everyone and low
and behold I find this site and a letter from Bob and his wife. I spent
many a lovely day with them at their house and now I know what Bob has
been up to. Hope you are all keeping well and hopefully we can all catch
I still have horses but no longer do LDR due to a loss of my nerve, I can
still ride in a school but am terrified while out hacking. Do look back
on the days when we used to go off on our own for miles without a worry
and would love to be like that again, if anyone can offer suggestions
I currently live outside Ellon at my dream home, a 12 acre croft which my
partner which weI built ourselves. It has taken many years but we are
getting there. House was made wind and water tight then I gave up on the
house and started outside, completely re-fenced the place, put in a sand
school and the other half is currently rebuilding the stable block and
other outbuildings. In between all this I have also managed to have one
daughter who has just turned 10 and who is also horse daft just like her
mum. We have 4 horses and ponies at the moment ranging from a rising two
year old to a 35yr old retired pony who Jemma learned so much on.
I also trained to become a canine beautician and own my own grooming salon
in the village of Ellon, attached to the grooming salon I run a tack shop
called Essential Equine (tack shop has only been open 5mths but is doing
I look forward to reading what everyone has been up to and hopefully
catching up with a few old friends who I have lost touch with.
Bob Harper, our first Chairman
Thank you so much for your update.
I can still remember my first trip to the HLDRC as a
spectator and a few weeks later holding the meeting in the Kintore Arms at
Inverurie to gauge interest , expecting maybe 15 or 20 I think we had 50 or
60. From then on it was all systems go and a lot of hard work by a lot of
people. I never rode in many of the rides but have a scar on my wrist from a
broken caravan window as a permanent reminder. Congratulations to everyone
involved over the years.
Jenny and I are in Saudi Arabia where we have been for
the past 2 years following 7 years in Spain and 2 years in Holland where I
was a regular Western rider. We no longer have horses but who knows what
will happen when we eventually retire. We spent a great holiday two years
ago in Utah on a Ranch with all the riding we needed with some great people
with wonderful names like Shiloh and Jebediah who thought it was good fun
for us all to re-enact the Man from Snowy River ride down the cliff face. We
are still here to tell the tale.
We hope you all have a wonderful time at your
anniversary celebrations, We hope that Shuna Marden who taught Bob to ride
almost 30 years ago - thanks Shuna - will be present along with Helen Hogben
who was such a dedicated and hardworking member in the early days.
A lot of water under the bridge and changed lives for
many of us and for some of us creaking joints in the morning and pills for
this and that but some good times to look back on and God willing, forward
Have a great time be safe and Happy Trails.
Best wishes Bob and Jenny Harper.