Inverurie Academy pupil, Lauren Watson (15) has had an extraordinary season with her horse Fair Signet aka Siggy.
Lauren has been riding since she was three, and when she was younger, she raced in the famous ‘Sheltie Stakes’ all over the UK. She has had ponies all her life, and Siggy, purchased just five months ago, is her first horse.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing at first. Lauren said: “Siggy is an ex-race horse and is slightly cold backed. I hit the floor a lot at first but I’ve got to know him now, and he has got to know me too.
“I took him to our first British Dressage One Day Event at Corrachree and he won it. I knew he was talented, but after Corrachree it was obvious. He went well at Scotsburn as well and also at the show jumping Sunshine Tour at The Cabin, and then he qualified at Pony Club Interbranch.”
Driving back with her family after competing in the Pony Club Interbranch Dressage Finals in Chester recently, they stopped off at Blair Horse Trials where she won the Ex-Racehorse Ridden Scottish Champion Final the next day. The pair also took second place in the Tattersall’s ROR Thoroughbred Scottish Ridden Show Class which was a qualifier for the 2013 Highland Show.
Lauren is over the moon with her horse. She said: “He means the world to me and he fills my day.”