The Club’s primary Objectives are as follows:-
- Maintain and manage a Centre of Excellence for Western Riding at Blackford Glen, Edinburgh.
- Maintain and promote high standards in Western riding, horsemanship and equine welfare and, through example, encourage others to aspire to those standards.
- Generate a sense of identity for Western riders within the wider equestrian community.
- Facilitate, for members, continuous development of riding skills directed at performance classes in WES and AQHA Shows.
- Facilitate, for members, continuous development of riding skills directed at safe and enjoyable trail riding.
- Maintain a youth programme to instruct young people in the Western ways of riding and horsemanship.
- Provide therapeutic programmes for upward mobility groups and others who might benefit from being around horses, perhaps those who may simply need a refuge from the pressures of their everyday life.
- Run a rewarding programme of events each year to benefit members of the Blackford Glen Western Riders Club, and their friends.
- Provide a venue for Western Equestrian Society Members’ events in Scotland.
Underpinning all of those endeavours is an attitude towards horses and their treatment best described in the Western Equestrian Society Rulebook, Rule 10, first paragraph which reads as follows:
“Every horse shall, at all times, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion. Rules established and enforced by the Western Equestrian Society demand that horse breeders, owners, trainers and exhibitors are continually responsible for the wellbeing and humane treatment of any animal entrusted to their care. Above all the horse’s welfare is paramount to other considerations and the continued development of procedures, which ensure humane treatment the animal and fair competition, supersedes all other concerns. The standard by which conduct or treatment will be measured is that which a reasonable person, informed and experienced in generally accepted equine training and exhibition procedures or veterinary standards, would determine to be cruel, abusive or inhumane.”