Published: 11/07/2014 10:38 - Updated: 11/07/2014 10:58

Matilda's surprised to be waltzing off to Wales

A YOUNG Moray rider has been picked to represent Scotland in an international competition.

Matilda and Polo are heading for a home international event in Wales.
Matilda and Polo are heading for a home international event in Wales.

Matilda Haley (13), from Grange, near Keith will compete for her country in the British Young Rider Dressage Scheme home international event in Wales later this month.

She will be the youngest member of the British Dressage Scotland team taking part on July 29 and 30.

Matilda and her dressage pony Bernwode Duvalier – better known as ‘Rolo’ – were teamed up in February, and she is excited to be selected for a major tournament.

“It is a huge honour to be selected and we will go to Wales and do our very best,” she said. “I was so surprised to be selected as Rolo and I have only been together for five months.”

The competition is staged over two days in Crick, Monmouthshire, with Scotland competing against Welsh, English and Irish riders for the prizes.

The young rider scheme is run by British Dressage and is aimed at anyone aged between six and 25 who wishes to train, compete and specialise in dressage.

Matilda, a member of the Deveron Pony Club who attends the Gordon Schools in Huntly, will take part in the section for 12-16 year-olds riding a pony up to medium level.

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