An Arbroath teenager was named junior Scottish showjumping champion at a star-studded ceremony earlier this week.
Hannah Laing, who is just 12 years old, was presented with the junior Scottish championship in the 70cm and 80cm classes at the British Showjumping Club awards evening in the Hilton NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday evening.
Understandably her mother Susan is very proud of her achievements. She said: “Hannah probably sat on her first horse when she wasn’t even walking and has had her first pony since she was eight.
“These British Showjumping Clubs are run all over Scotland so she was collecting the award for all of Scotland.”
This will be only the second year that Hannah has competed with the British Showjumping Club but for the last four years she has been competing through the Pony Club.
Also at the awards ceremony was Olympic gold medal-winning showjumper Ben Maher. Susan said: “She was mixing with the likes of Ben Maher.
“She’s got a picture taken with him, he was obviously one of the four in the team that won gold for Britain.
“She took her autograph book down with her and Horse & Hound magazine were there and one of their reporters took her round to get autographs.”
Hannah stables her pony ‘Kiltinane Andrew’, stable name ‘Rew’ at Carlogie Farm, just outside of Carnoustie.