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Melanie Scott signs up to the Guild

Published on 29th April 2014

New member Melanie Scott has joined the Guild after many years' involvement with agri journalism.

“I grew up on my family’s sheep farm in Ayrshire, where I was immersed in farm life and ponies from a young age,” she says. “Even today farming comes first when stables are commandeered for use as extra sheep pens during lambing!”

Melanie’s working career has stayed close to her rural roots; she joined The Scottish Farmer in 2000, working across all sectors of the magazine, with a particular focus on the equestrian news section, building the weekly section up to a monthly pullout magazine.

After 14 years she was made redundant, but since then has been involved in a wide variety of projects, from feature writing, media relations, corporate events, customer relations and communications.

Melanie’s writing skills were recognised by the British Horse Society, being presented with the Elwyn Hartley-Edwards equestrian writer of the year award.

She is currently writing for a number of equestrian and farming publications including Horse & Hound, Farmingscotland.com, Farming Scotland magazine, Showing World, The Showing Journal, and has expanded her portfolio to include the general regional press and lifestyle magazines.

A keen horse rider Melanie holds the distinction of winning four world championships – one team and three individual – at senior level of mounted games.

In addition Melanie held two voluntary director roles - the communications and promotions director for three years and the administration and finance director for 18 months - in the International Mounted Games Association, an international youth association club with more than 20 member countries.

She lives in Ayrshire her four horses and three dogs and much of her time is involved with the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt.

Through hunting she has stayed close to the farmers and landowners in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire and helps to organise the legendary farmers party and annual point-to-point meeting. If there is any spare time it is taken up with cycling, hill walking and enjoying rural activities.

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