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Training Bursary for Young Scottish Coaches

18 Feb 2019

It is the intention of the BHS Scottish Training Committee to present the Anne Balfour-Kinnear Training Legacy at the British Horse Society International Convention April 7 - 9 2019.

Please encourage young coaches aged 25 and under and who reside in Scotland to apply by 20 March 2019. This is a very prestigious award with a valuable bursary of £500! 

This award is generously sponsored by Aberdeen Riding Club.

Anne Balfour-Kinnear Training Legacy 2019

Miss Anne Balfour-Kinnear was a founding member of BHS Scotland and a staunch supporter of the BHS and The Pony Club.  Her life was dedicated to helping others get the most from horses, riding and their careers.

Anne became involved with the Berwickshire Pony Club when she moved from Edinburgh after the War.  She started as Assistant Secretary, then Instructor, then Secretary, to finally become a military and well-loved District Commissioner.  Anne was a brilliant organiser - when she made a plan it was carried out and her helpers willingly did what they were told! She regularly competed at the Horse Trials of the 1950’s – Aberuthven, Fenton, etc.  

Mrs Watherston, the very first Chairman of BHS Scotland, encouraged Anne to extend her training and become an Approved Professional Coach.  Anne ran Couch Courses all over Britain and it was she who first organised the BHS Bookshop in Scotland. Early minutes of BHS Scotland recount many a battle Anne had with boxes of books!  

Anne Balfour-Kinnear instilled in several generations the ‘right way’ to do things.  She was a skilled coach and many a young person passed tests and exams thanks to Anne’s thorough and good teaching.  If there ever was a problem, she was always kind in sorting things out.  Anne organised the inter-Pacific PC exchange visits and was awarded the BHS Medal of Honour in 1972.  

On her death she left a legacy from which an annual bursary is to be paid to further the training of young Scottish Coaches who are committed to helping others.  The purpose of the fund is to offer instructional facilities to young coaches, aged 25 years and under, who reside in Scotland.  Candidates are expected to be committed to equestrian training and show involvement with teaching others, gaining qualifications and helping riding or pony clubs.  One award is made annually.

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