b'THE CARNEGIE CLUBW\x1d ith its alluring Highland landscape andLeft: Skibos stable yard has been an abundance of rare wildlife species torebuilt with the original 1877 stone discover, there are few locations in thepillars repositioned and restored. Below: there are 12 horses on the UK where one can feel more of an affinity withyard available for guests to ride nature than on Skibos 8,000-acre estate. Covering an astonishingly varied terrain, an exciting range of horse riding opportunities are available for members keen to experience the stunning beauty of the castles surroundings from a different perspective, championed by Skibos newly renovated stable complex.The Carnegie Clubs British Horse Society-qualified equestrian manager Amanda Waugh joined the Skibo team in 1999, and has overseen the recent development of the stables to ensure the equestrian facilities are now state-of-the-art. Completed by Monarch Equestrian, the rebuilding of the stables included a number ofsuitable for all levels of experience, from absolute structural improvements such as the careful removalbeginners to very advanced riders. Taking the youngest and repositioning of the original stone pillars, whichmembers on pony rides around the castles fairy gardens, date back to 1877. Ballachulish slate has been reinstatedeight-year-old Shetland pony Alfie may be the smallest on on the roof, and cobbles have been laid along the fullthe yard but he certainly has the biggest character, and he length of the stables to finish the prestigious yard.loves attention from both adults and children alike. Irish The upgraded members reception and tack roomSport horse Angus is another well-known facethe provides guests with a relaxing and tranquil area to enjoy11-year-old, 15hh, dark bay gelding has been ridden by pre- and post-ride refreshments, with energy-boostingexperienced members at Skibo for the past six years, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cereal bars and chocolate treatsand has competed in British Eventing and Badminton on hand, while the immaculately arranged saddles andGrassroots championships on three separate occasions.bridles hanging on the wall fill the air with a pleasantIn line with the exclusive benefits that members of 6 5 scent of leather. Ariat riding boots and Charles OwenThe Carnegie Club enjoy, bespoke riding experiences can riding hats are also available for members to make use of.be tailored to meet the individual aims and preferences There are currently 12 horses on the yardincludingof members, from group or private riding lessons focusing three ponies under 13hh (hands high) for children on dressage, cross-country or show jumping, to treks around the estate and off-site rides on Dornoch beach during the autumn and winter months. Rides around the estate are a wonderful way to see wildlife, says Amanda. In the woodland you can see deer and badgers, which are less intimidated when youre on horseback, and there are lots of different birds you can get close to, such as ospreys, sea eagles and herons. We are lucky to be able to offer members incredible views of the estate and neighbouring farmland all year round. Pony rides around the gardens offer young children a safe and fun introduction to horses, helping them build confidence and learn basic equestrian skills, while for riders who wish to challenge themselves to a training clinic with a professional, the Clubs Focus on Equestrian events see special guest instructors, such as Olympic silver medal-winning three-day-event rider Karen Dixon and renowned dressage and Australian Paralympic coach Erik Mackechnie, take up residence at Skibos stables for four days of private and group coaching sessions that can be customised to each individual or group. No matter if you are a novice or a seasoned equestrian, all members are invited to saddle up for a uniquely memorable horse riding adventure at Skibo. '