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TRSS is a small friendly Society concentrating on the recreational riding sector in Scotland, which includes riding centres offering riding lessons and student training plus livery yards offering livery in stunning countryside.

This site features approved riding centres offering a wide range of trekking and riding holidays and whether you are a complete novice keen to sample your first trek on a quiet beach or an experienced rider looking for a trail ride adventure on horseback, you won´t be disappointed.

Blair Castle Ponies

News Posted on Sun, March 24, 2019 17:27:31

The best way to enjoy the Blair Castle grounds and see the sights. They will be a sad loss.

Closure of Blair Castle Trekking Centre

News Posted on Sun, March 24, 2019 17:21:42

Sadly, Blair Castle Trekking Centre has closed and public riding will not longer be available. Blair Castle was one of the early pioneers of pony trekking and the Blair Castle Highland ponies were well known through their trekking and deer stalking activities. Blair was one of the centres who operated on a seasonal basis, opening in late March and operating until the ponies were required for stalking duties. This only gave four clear months where they could earn money and with the ever increasing costs and requirements associated with running a centre for such a short time, it was no longer viable. It is a sad time for Debbie who has worked for half her life with the Blair Castle Highland ponies and for many riders who annually made the trip to Blair Atholl to ride in the wonderful setting of Blair Castle.
Blair Castle Highland Ponies enjoying the view

Equine Flu

News Posted on Thu, March 07, 2019 11:56:52

Equine flu continues to be a concern in Scotland with more cases in Central and North-Eastern areas. The strain of Florida Clade 1 is reported to be the current problem which both ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza vaccines cover. The vaccine used can be checked on equine passports. If equines in risk areas have not been vaccinated over the last six months, a booster has been advised.
With the busy season for riding centres fast approaching, it’s important to weight up the risks of movement between riders and horses. Unfortunately it is an impossible task to prevent someone from bringing the virus in with them if they have had contact with horses who have the virus as they may not know they have been in contact. It will be worrying time for businesses who rely in bringing in money during the busy periods to keep the business running.

Closure of Carr-Bridge Trekking Centre

News Posted on Thu, March 07, 2019 11:06:28

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.

Death of Ian McInnes of Carr-Bridge Trekking Centre

News Posted on Thu, December 20, 2018 10:33:48

Ian McInnes of Carr-Bridge Trekking Centre, one of the long standing TRSS member centres, died suddenly at home on Sunday 16th December. His funeral will be held at Carr-Bridge Parish Church at 12 noon on Friday 21st December, followed by burial at Carr-Bridge Cemetery. One of the old school, Ian, who was a very experienced horseman, opened the trekking centre with his late wife when trekking was becoming popular. As trekking and the tourism industry began to change with health and safety and legislation becoming more and more involved, Ian had to adapt to stay in business. Despite having to remain indoors for the last couple of years on oxygen, Ian still ran the business from his kitchen with the help of Gillian Sutherland, a loyal and competent staff member who has been with Ian for many years. He still kept an eye on what was happening in the yard and was determined to keep the trekking running. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time and we hope his grandson will be taking up the reins and continuing the trekking tradition from Ellan House.

Saddles for Sale

News Posted on Wed, November 21, 2018 11:33:04

Danielle at Eat Sleep Ride in Eyemouth, TD14 5TN, phone 07516 360235 email: has seven saddles for sale. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact Danielle for more information and photographs of the saddles. The Sandringham saddle is pictured.

Wintec 500 GP Saddle. Very good condition. 17″ seat. Brown with CAIR Cushion System and Easy Change Fit Solution with a 5″ gullet.(Red). £300 ono.

Wintec 500 Wide GP Saddle. Very good condition. 161/2″ seat. Brown with CAIR Cushion System and Easy Change Fit Solution with a 41/2″ gullet.(White). £300 ono

Kieffer Black Dressage Saddle. Very good condition. 18″ seat, gullet 5″. £300 ono

Wintec 500 Wide GP Saddle. Very good condition. Brown with 16″ seat, CAIR Cushion System, Easy Change Fit Solution with a 5″ gullet.(Purple) £300 ono

General Purpose Black Leather Saddle, in good condition with a 17″ seat. Size stated as 17″XW. Gullet 6″. £300 ono

General Purpose Black Leather Sandringham Saddle. 17″ seat with a gullet of 5″. Good condition.300 ono

Lightweight Inky Dinky Saddle. Black leather approx 15″ seat and gullet of 4″. Designed to help young riders balance and gain confidence. £150 ono

Welcome to Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC

News Posted on Sun, September 23, 2018 20:21:19

Welcome to our new member Danielle McKinnon, who runs her business called Eat, Sleep, Ride, CIC. The centre is a diverse, educational and friendly riding school/trekking centre, nestled on the East Coast of the beautiful Scottish Borders.
For more information, please look at Danielle’s page on our website. Danielle has achieved a lot in a short time and is passionate about her horses.

Welcome to Silver Sands Trekking Centre

News Posted on Sun, August 19, 2018 17:24:39

Silver Sands Trekking Centre based at Glenrowan Farm on the outskirts of the picturesque Morar village, is now an approved member of the Society. This family run centre is in the process of developing their business but can offer beach rides, treks and hacks in the local countryside including a 2 hr ride to view the Morar waterfalls. Booking essential on 01687 450627. We look forward to seeing how the business develops in the coming years.

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