Hot off the hooves of the British equestrian team’s success at the Olympics, horse-riding stars of the future will be racing to Renfrewshire for a major four-day international competition this week.

Thousands of people from across the UK and Ireland will be galloping into Renfrewshire for the Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series being hosted at Ingliston Country Club, in Bishopton.

It will be the first time the major competition has been held in Renfrewshire where it will continue to be held for the next three years.

The competition will see potential Olympic riders of the future competing at Ingliston Country Club, which has been named the top equestrian venue in the UK for the last two years, is also part of the bid to bring the Youth Olympics to Glasgow in 2018.

Top junior show-jumpers from across the UK and Ireland will compete over four days, in six arenas, with more than 500 ponies and the event is expected to draw huge crowds over the weekend.

Paul Fraser, owner of Ingliston Country Club, said: “This event will see some of the very best young riders competing in one of the biggest equestrian competitions in the UK, some of whom without doubt will be big names in horse-riding in years to come. It’s a massive event and a real coup to have it coming to Renfrewshire not just this year but for the next three years.

“The event is completely free and open to everyone. You don’t have to know anything about horses to come along and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see the top young sportsmen and women in their field competing live.”

Ingliston Country Club is one of 84 local businesses to have signed up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest In Renfrewshire campaign to reduce youth unemployment and support the local business community. Local young people taken on by the country club as apprentices under the scheme will be among the large numbers of staff working throughout the weekend.

The event will be officially opened on Thursday 9 August by Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell.

He said: “This really is a major sporting event taking place right on our doorstep, bringing with it not only enormously talented riders from across the UK, but also a huge number of horse-riding fans and tourists which will be a major economic boost to the whole area. It’s also great to see young apprentices gaining valuable experience working at such a big competition. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and hope to see lots of local residents making the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

The Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series will take place at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton, from Thursday 9 August to Sunday 12 August.

Ingliston Country Club can be reached off junction 31 of the M8.

Thursday 26th 2012,
12 – 2pm ,
Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton


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Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the two week festival it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle , row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

As well encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Paisley District Scouts, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshielf Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, and Ingliston Country Club.

The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to

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Just want to wish the Paisley Saints all the very best for their Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers this weekend and I would love to see them emulate the success of 1987 helped by Captain Billy Abercromby.

The last St Mirren captain to lift the Scottish Cup launched his autobiography on Wednesday and hopes it could save others from suffering the way he has.

Billy Abercromby’s warts-and-all story reveals how he has been to hell and back.

In the book “Aber’s Gonnae Get Ye” he tells of his journey from being a Scottish Cup winner in 1987 to alcoholic, then battling back to sobriety and a new life. see the bbc website for more information