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Rose Macpherson

Course: BSc Animal Science
Campus: SRUC Edinburgh
Graduated: 2005

What are you up to now?

I am working 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 my top horses are retired. 

I have an exciting team of young horses for 2018.  Some of them will be eventing for the first time and some I have been producing this season I hope will be competitive again next season and move up to international competitions hopefully at Floors and Blair Castle. We are very fortunate to have such fabulous events in Scotland and it is always great to have horses to run at them!  

Rose Macpherson


What has been your proudest moment with eventing competition?

I feel 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!   

Do you have any words of advice to students 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 with 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!  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 SAC and am so pleased I made the effort to do both.

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