Two new horses have joined the stable at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) thanks to a generous donation to mark the accession of Her Majesty the Queen Consort.

Julia and Hans Rausing donated £10,000 to the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC), based at SRUC’s Oatridge campus in West Lothian, to mark the accession of the Queen Consort. Her Majesty was a patron of SNEC in her former role as Duchess of Rothesay .

The horses will support the teaching of a range of Horse Care and Equine Studies courses offered at Oatridge – including a new degree course in Equine Science and Management.

At 13.2 hands, 13-year-old cob gelding Conrad is the smallest horse at the yard but has adapted well to his new life being used for practical tasks and ridden work, while Millie, a 14.2 hands, seven-year-old cob mare, was a much loved, privately-owned, child’s pony, who is very easy to handle.

In September, Conrad and Millie will start their work with students, as well as taking part in British Horse Society-accredited exams.

“We are extremely happy to have these two new additions to our team,” said Rachael Robertson, Equestrian Facilities Manager at SRUC Oatridge. “Millie has impressed us with her jumping and Conrad has an very attractive moustache he is immensely proud of, as well as beautiful fluffy ‘feathered’ feet.

“Both horses have a fantastic nature and I’m sure the students will enjoy working with them.”

Lead image of Equestrian Facilities Manager Rachael Robertson (left) and Yard Manager Emily Stewart (right) with Millie and Conrad

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