A Mintlaw-based entrepreneur has won a top award for her bespoke show horse bridles.
Silverburn Browbands, founded by former interior designer Rosie Stewart in 2010, won the Equestrian Service Provider of the Year award at the Royal Highland show in June. The award is one of several given out at the annual Agricultural Supplier Awards dinner.
Mrs Stewart beat off competition from Ballachbroe Farm Stables, established Ayrshire equestrian retailers First Saddlery and Equine Recovery Services, who deal with the humane destruction and cremation of horses.
Mrs Stewart, who was runner-up for the prestigious award in 2011, said: “It’s a really amazing accolade to receive for a business only three and a half years old, particularly in such a huge industry.
“Just being shortlisted was a big enough prize for me. I had no inclinations I would win. ”
Mrs Stewart started her business, which she runs out of her home, following the birth of her child. She gave up her Aberdeen based career.
“I didn’t want to be a stay at home mum – I wanted something to focus on. I’m of the opinion that if you can’t find a job, make a job.”
Leather bridles are teamed with clear and coloured crystals to make browbands described as ‘the ultimate fashion statement for horses’ at the award ceremony.
Mrs Stewart was commissioned to design one for The Queen’s Jubilee last year and incorporated diamonds and elements of olympic medals.