Olympic endeavours at SRUC!

Published Wednesday, 31st October 2012 in Oatridge Campus news

Erin and Heather

With the Olympic fever still burning throughout the country, two SRUC students based at Oatridge Campus, Erin Lee and Heather O’Leary, are about to put their riding skills to the test.

They hope to become part of the Special Olympics.

This opportunity came about when Lynne Shovlin, Yard Manager at Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Glasgow Group suggested that both Erin and Heather – who have learning disabilities – would be great candidates for the dressage discipline.

Erin says: “We are so excited to be training for this every Tuesday and we get a lot of encouragement from Lynne”.

Erin and Heather are both studying for Certificates in Land-based studies and Erin hopes to progress on the National Certificate in Horse Care next year. She has always wanted to work with horses and has been riding since the age of twelve. She now volunteers three days a week at the Glasgow group.

Heather is also a keen rider and has been riding since she was five. Despite recently having an operation on her hands which required a two month recovery period she was soon back on the horse and is now training regularly with Erin and the RDA group.

Heather said of her Olympian aspirations: “I’m just trying to be relaxed and hope to do well so I get to represent my country.”

On 19th November both students will ride in front of the judges in the first phase of the selection process. SRUC wishes them the very best of luck.

For information please contact Emilia Barrero at Oatridge Campus on 01506 864 800 or Emilia.Barrero@sruc.ac.uk. She can supply a picture of Erin and Heather.

For more information, visit the Special Olympics website.

Picture caption: Erin (left) and Heather.

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