Carmen wins top horse-riding award

A school girl from Maryculter has won a national award for horse-riding, consolidating her position as the top amateur rider in the UK.

Carmen Gammie, a pupil at St Margaret’s School for Girls, was awarded her prize as the highest overall scoring amateur competitor at the Petplan Finals. This is one of many triumphs in what has been a successful year for the 14-year-old and her pony, Champagne Bubbles.

Earlier in the year, Carmen won her first national title at the British Dressage Winter Championships when she placed 1st in the Open Medium Petplan Winter Championships. She was also the highest placed amateur rider at her level at the Summer British Dressage National Championships. These successes have secured her position as an internationally acclaimed rider, frequently competing against world-class adults.

Carmen started riding when she was two and went on to represent Scotland in the show ring for the first time when she was just five years old. At age 10 she was picked for the Scottish dressage team and has represented Scotland every year since.

Carmen and Champagne Bubbles have progressed to selection for the Great Britain team on four occasions in the last two years.

Carmen said: “This year has been really exciting because I have gone to a lot of competitions all over the country and Europe. I’ll definitely be watching the Olympics next summer, but it would be nice to think that someday I might actually get to compete in them. That would be a dream come true.”