Sadly, following the death of Ian McInnes earlier in the year, the decision has been taken to close down the pony trekking. The centre was one of the longest standing members of the Society and was operational from 1976 when Ian and his wife Isobel started the business. It was one of the last pure trekking centres left as many had moved into lessons or other activities.
Over the last few years, the ponies changed from english saddles to lightweight western saddles which helped the riders to keep their balance and be stable in the saddle. The ponies found this system to work well and it decreased the chance of having a fall. It’s sad to see it go but running a riding centre of any kind has so many financial and legislative burdens, it is no longer viable in many cases.