Willie makes his publishing debut at the age of 88

Willie Sheret
Willie Sheret

A Kintore pensioner has written his debut book at the age of 88.

Willie Sheret, who has over 25,000 followers on his Facebook pages, decided in 2014 that he wanted to share his knowledge with as many aspiring show jumpers as possible and refused to let age be a barrier.

The book ‘Keep Going Clear! A Guide to Better Showjumping’ is a collection of Willie’s show jumping philosophies, experiences and principles with the foreword written by double Olympic show jumper Geoff Billington.

Willie said: “I’ve been involved with horses and showjumping for almost 80 years and teaching is my passion.

“I love working with people who are keen to learn and I still teach all over the UK.

“It’s fantastic to see them develop and I get more satisfaction from that than anything else.“

Willie received an MBE for Services to Showjumping in Scotland from The Queen in 2005.

He added: “Writing the book means I can hopefully help more people and that’s the most exciting aspect for me.

“I also like the fact it shows that just because you’re a pensioner you don’t have to stop achieving new goals.”

Willie will be hosting a book launch event at The Cabin Equestrian Centre near Inverurie on Saturday, October 29, at 7pm.

Entry is free and Willie will be there to talk about his career and will also be available to sign copies of his new book.