BSc Animal Science

Campus: SRUC King's Building, Edinburgh
Class of 2005

"It is not always easy to juggle horses and higher education but it is worth making it work, I loved every minute of my time at SRUC and am so pleased I made the effort to do both."

Rose Macpherson works with horses full time, training and competing as well as teaching and caring for all the horses on the yard. “I have evented up to 3*** (Advanced) level and represented Scotland in eventing and dressage. I also breed highland ponies and have competed them successfully at Horse of the Year Show and Olympia as well as in Scotland.

"I am currently focussing on building a team of young event horses aiming to compete at Advanced level again now that my top horses are retired. “We are very fortunate to have such fabulous events in Scotland and it is always great to have horses to run at them!”

When asked about her proudest moment with eventing competition, Rose explains that she feels very fortunate to have had many wonderful moments with the horses: “My proudest would have to be completing Blair Castle 3*** clear on my first attempt with my truly amazing mare Golden Needle as a member of the Scottish team. I'll never forget that feeling!”

Rose has advice to students who are aspiring to compete at a high level:
“Enjoy the special moments! Horses are great levellers and things can go drastically wrong in an instant, totally out of your control. Make the most of the good days and support your friends as you go. Always put your horse first, good horses are very hard to find and easy to lose!”

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