Falkirk teenagers show real horse sense

Kendall and Brian with some young riders
Kendall and Brian with some young riders

Two teenagers have taken the reins of a new riding school which aims to provide fun lessons for all the family.

Riverside Riding Centre, in Riverside Stables, Dock Street, Carronshore, is the brainchild of former Larbert High School pupil Brian Mills (18) who worked at Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled Association before it closed in August.

Brian’s grandfather leased him his DIY Livery Yard, enabling him to realise his dreams of running his very own riding school.

Helping the ambitious teenager is friend Kendall Brown (17), a sixth year pupil at Larbert High School who also used to give her free time to Bannockburn RDA.

She said: “Brian has always been interested in horses. I help him and so does his cousin Erin and 10 volunteers who used to help out at Bannockburn RDA. But this is Brian’s riding school.

“He has always been around horses and after his time at Bannockburn he realised he wanted to start coaching his own riders.”

The Riverside Riding Centre can take anyone from age three upwards and is looking to offer instruction to full families – children, parents and even grandparents.

“We want to expand into lots of different things,” said Kendall. “We have five horses at the moment, but we’re looking to bring in some bigger horses and start getting into equestrian vaulting and carriage driving.”

Brian’s centre has lessened the impact of Bannockburn RDA’s closure by offering lessons to many of the people who used to ride there.

For more information, e-mail riversideridingcentre@yahoo.co.uk or search www.facebook.com for Riverside Stables Carronshore.