Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking celebrated their first year in business with an unusually sunny September and a whole host of ideas for new events and challenges for riders young and old.
The company approached their first anniversary with the news that they’ve been approved as a member of the Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS). That came on top of recognition from VisitScotland as a 4-star activity provider.
Business partner Leigh Minion said: “We have had an incredible first year and an incredible summer, with tourists from far and wide who have often said it was the highlight of their holiday or riding on a beach was always something they wanted to do.
“We have achieved a few awards and have a few more horses and ponies, as well as a new cross-country course and show-jumps for our arena. We also have employed two local girls from North Tolsta to help out on our busy days. The hope is that we can put them through training to continue on with us for the summer period when they go to college or university.”
Traigh Mhor is always looking for new ideas to match up with the ambitions of their customers, including a gymkhana, summer show and show-jumping day as well as very popular children's camps. Some of the more unusual ideas included horse yoga, dressage for beginners and own-a-pony days.
And there are plenty more to come as the autumn and winter season moves on with a programme including come-and-try jumping, saddle club and another gymkhana on Wednesday 23rd of October.
Not everything is targeted at young riders – every Wednesday there are two adult happy hours suitable for beginners, nervous riders or those returning to riding after a long break.
And Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking are already looking ahead to the festive season. Early booking is advised for the Christmas light switch on with dancing with horses and the Santa Trot between 16th and 21st December. Christmas gift vouchers for rides, treks, hacks and lessons are also available.