Our BEDMAX Sales Manager in Scotland, Liz Smith, is still smiling after finding out her home produced horse, 8 year old Toronto, along with rider Kirsty Aird, have been nominated to win a Scottish Equestrian Award at the ball in February.
Bought as a five year old, Toronto was originally intended for showjumping, however, when he failed to stop growing, Liz decided he needed a different job to give him time to “attach his feet to his brain.” Liz sent the young, 17.3hh horse down the road to Kirsty Aird to bring on as a Working Hunter.
In their first summer together, Kirsty and Toronto won the Open Working Hunter and the Championship at Ayr Show, as well as, the Working Hunter and the Heavyweight Hunter at the Puddledub Spring Show, which gave the pair two tickets to the Royal International Horse Show.
Amongst their successes, include; two HOYS Working Hunter qualifications; winning the Working Hunter at the Royal Highland Show two years running; and taking the Champion title at Blair.
Commenting on this nomination, Liz said: “He is a really lovely horse, and this success is a huge achievement. Kirsty is a fantastic rider, she really can ride anything in the show ring and deserves every credit for the way she has produced Toronto. I wish them both the best of luck at the awards ceremony.”
Toronto has now been sold to new owner Matt Cooper who hopes to continue Toronto’s success.
Winners will be announced at the Scottish Equestrian Awards Ball which takes place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the Village Hotel, Aberdeen.
Voting for the Scottish Equestrian Awards is now open, to vote for Kirsty and Toronto click here.