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Traigh Mhor pony trekking are marking their second anniversary in business by celebrating the contribution of a young team ready for new work challenges.

Company manager Leigh Minion describes her six young employees as ‘pretty much the best team in the world’ and is proud to reveal that the company now has seven on its payroll.

They include Leigh’s two daughters Kirsty Hart (20) – who already has her Trekking and Riding Society of Scotland (TRSS) ride leader qualification and Sarah Hart (17).

Part-time employees are 17-year-olds Minnie Kingston-Miles and Ruth Morrison from North Tolsta, both of whom are hoping to complete their ride leader qualification after the Covid pause that’s been put on their training.

Also part-time are 15-year-olds Abbie Macritchie from North Tolsta and Keira Pearson from Back.

Leigh said: “All of the girls are working part-time, doing paid work experience on Saturdays and during holidays. Even on school days they will come down and help put the horses to bed, feeding up to nine horses.

“We’ve been successful enough to be able to employ people even during tough times. Because riding is an outdoor activity we were able to open up as soon as lockdown finished and there were a few visitors as well as local people dying to get out on horseback as soon as it was possible.

“We did everything safely, following our regulatory advice from Sport Scotland, so we were able to keep on plodding on.

“But we really couldn’t have managed without this dedicated team, and we’re so pleased that our business has been able to put something back into the local community by providing work for young people.”

The Christmas and New Year programme of rides and events at Traigh Mhor Trekking is due to be announced shortly at