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horsescotland welcomes BHS Scotland

AFTER a spell of seven years absence from horsescotland the British Horse Society (Scotland) has rejoined the organisation.

The BHS has joined as a full member of horsescotland, and is one of 23 member organisations.

Stephen MacGregor, horsescotland chair, said: "Reaching this point has been a long-term goal of horsescotland and I am delighted that after considerable work by previous boards and officers we are now in a position to warmly welcome the BHS on board. The BHS membership of horsescotland signals an important step in the development of the Scottish equestrian sector and demonstrates the spirit of collaboration that will move equestrian activity in Scotland forward."

Loraine Young, chairman BHS Scotland added: "We are all best served by equestrian organisations working together to achieve greater cohesion, and we look forward to the British Horse Society taking an active role in assisting horsescotland to thrive, develop and expand equestrianism."

Billy Bell, horsescotland chief operating officer, added: "Having the BHS as a full member is further recognition of the sterling work that is being carried out by the staff and volunteers of the BHS and horsescotland as we deliver on our joint commitment to increase the overall levels of participation and equestrian activity in Scotland. It is important that we now build on the standards, which have already been set and strive to continue to improve in the coming years."

Helene Mauchlen BHS Scottish development officer, said: "The aim of BHS is to improve the lives of Scotland's equines; with our safety, welfare, access and training work at the heart of an effective horsescotland we are all stronger. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with horsescotland and all the member bodies."

BHS Scotland honoured the Bard last week at their inaugural Burns Supper at the Huntingtower Hotel, Perth, in aid of BHS. It was a great event, followed by an energetic ceilidh. Speakers were Jamie Innes, Tom Gray, Ronnie Young, Willie Grieve and Susie Robertson and the piper was Angus Lindsay.