So the BHS membership has broken the 103,000 mark, with more than 7300 of these in Scotland – no wonder we have upwards of literally hundreds of events for members each year.

Our membership is so varied – from horse lovers who never ride to professional competitors, and everything in between – so at the moment there is a lot of work going on to make sure we cater for our whole spectrum.

Events like our recent racing yard open day, straddle demand for education and spectacle while enabling everyone to get up close and personal with the wholesome world of the horse. We are always open to suggestion and prepared to turn our hands to most things so please let us know if you have an equestrian themed event you would like to see.

But, never underestimate the 'Arthur' factor if you are planning an encounter with Lucinda Russell’s Grand National winning Arlary House Stables, Scotland’s leading National Hunt yard. Then again never underestimate the 'Lucinda' factor in the same case!

Well our luck was in because that indomitable duo was the icing on the cake at a superb yard visit in early September where funds raised were divided between the BHS and the Injured Jockeys Fund. It was lovely to also share the occasion with Tayside Chasers and the British Racing Club too.

Lucinda has been the premier National Hunt trainer in Scotland since 2009/10, training more than 600 winners, including nine graded winners and winners at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.

In 2013/14, the yard sent out more winners in a season than any other Scottish National Hunt yard and in 2017 they won the Aintree Grand National with One For Arthur. In 2018, Lucinda was awarded an OBE for services to horseracing.

Nearly 200 people took the chance to meet Scotland’s most famous horse, learn about life at a racing stable and enjoy a super parade with great insider commentary from Lucinda – where most of the 27 in training were trotted up eventing style. The September sun shone and everyone enjoyed their day seeing a yard in action with the courteous staff and Scotland’s most famous horse.

He is a national treasure! Fame can be a fickle friend but it does not seem to have gone to Arthurs head, we wish him and Arlary House Stables all the best for the forthcoming season! And it’s a new season for BHS competitions, too, as we start our qualifying rounds for Blair 2019.

Our BHS 'On The Move' lorry was a super success at the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials where it was parked next to the first fence in the heart of river haugh that most of the cross country meanders. It was the most majestic setting for a fine lorry and its role was fulfilled by the many visitors who called in and enjoyed our hospitality.

We had a fun volunteers reception on the Thursday evening where the lorry was fair rocking with high spirits and camaraderie as BHS volunteers from all over Scotland came together to enjoy each other’s company.

BHS On the Move will be in action again later this month at the Scottish BRC Saddle Up Championships, at Auchlishie, September 20 and 30, so please visit us then.

September is a golden month for riding and also for BHS offerings, next in Scotland we are rolling out our educational opportunities, talking about our 'Changing lives with horses' programme and holding our first ever Scottish health clinic.

We also have a glorious Barskimming ride this weekend in the parks and woods alongside the River Ayr. So, it’s time to kick on across those lovely stubble fields!