Marion has been married to Andy for 40 years and has 2 grown up children Suzanne & Sarah. She also has four beautiful grandchildren Zoé and Cairn, Sylvia and Robyn. Her German shepherd ‘Blaze’ and of course her lovely highland cob Murphy.
Her first experience of riding was on an end of term school trip riding Icelandic ponies on the Pentland hills where she was “hooked”. Taking up riding seriously in the late 70’s with a local riding school she soon became one of the group riding out over the hills of West Lothian and the Pentland Hills on a regular basis.
She became involved with the Riding for the Disabled in the early 90’s where she learned horsemanship and completed a certified 3 stage course on stable management. She then bought her first horse ‘Echo’ a 15.2hh Irish Draught who taught her to really love horses. At the same time she ‘inherited’ Murphy, a Highland Cob who came as a foal at foot with his mum who had been bought by the RDA. Nobody wanted a foal to bring up so Marion bought him from the RDA to bring on for her own children and grandchildren.
In 2003 she began her ‘Log Book’ for the RDA and began teaching clients and volunteers.
Marion enjoyed several riding holidays particularly in the Kielder Forrest with her friend Rhona and daughter Sarah. Unfortunately after a couple of serious accidents she decided to give up riding altogether but the “BUG” was too strong and deciding to give it ‘another go’
Deciding there must be a better way of enjoying riding she became interested in natural horsemanship and particularly Western Riding. She couldn’t believe her luck when she discovered Western Riding at Blackford Glen only 6 miles from her home.
Marion is now based at Blackford Glen with Murphy and enjoys all that brings to her Western experience.