Riding for the Disabled

Here at the centre we offer many opportunities for people of all ages with a variety of disabilities to get involved with horse riding. We have 6 RDA groups that are based at the centre and meet on a weekly basis during term time. We also run 4 special needs sessions a week, 3 for adults and 1 for children to allow people to access our services on a private basis without needing to be affiliated to a group. The centre was awarded its Riding for the Disabled Accessibility Mark in 2014.

Riding for the Disabled Accessibility Mark in 2014.

What is the Accessibilty Mark?

In conjunction with the British Equestrian Federation the RDA launched a project to work with commercial equestrian centres that already support people with disabilities or those that would like to do so. The project is being developed and launched by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) legacy programme and funded by Sport England. By applying for Accessibility Mark, the centre gains training and advice from RDA and once RDA are satisfied that the standards are met, the centre is awarded their endorsement and becomes a centre with an Accessibility Mark. We therefore can consider the centre to be ‘Accessible’ to people with disabilities.

What we offer

For our groups and our private clients this mark means you can have confidence that the appropriate training has been given and that you can expect a high standard of service. Each and every one of our groups and clients is different. We pride ourselves on being able to provide exceptional horses to facilitate everyone to enjoy the sport at a level that is appropriate to them. For some that might be sitting on and enjoying a therapy session and for others we progress to walk, trot, canter and even jump. We place a real emphasis on what our clients of all abilities can achieve, not what their disability prevents them from doing.

Many of our clients ride on a private basis. Our adult groups meet at 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and costs £23.00. Our children’s group meet at 1.30pm on Saturdays.

Our Groups

The following groups meet at the centre on a weekly basis during term time

Monday- The Franche Riding RDA Group 1.30- 2.30

The Durrance RDA Group 12.30- 1.30

Tuesday- Rising Bridge RDA Group 10.30- 11.30

Hunts Farm RDA Group 11.45- 12.45

Wednesday- The High Riders RDA Group 12.30- 2.30

Thursday- The Wyre Forest RDA Group 1.00- 2.30

Not only do the these groups provide wonderful opportunities to the riders they work with but also fantastic volunteering opportunities.

Volunteers and Funding

All of our groups rely heavily on volunteers. These are made up of horsey volunteers, people who have never touched a horse but would like to work with the children and everyone in between. So if you do feel you have time to help our groups in anyway including fundraising or administration roles then do come along and see how you can get involved. Our groups work with local children with a variety of special needs and so many people gain so much from being involved in a group, the work they do really is very special. Many of the groups rely on funds raised by their volunteers through cake sales, quiz nights and many other events as well as donations. If you feel you would like to help or support, donate or find out more about the work done by these groups then do please get in touch.

Special Schools

We also work directly with a number of local special schools. These sessions tend to be booked as a course of sessions and are particularly popular with autistic groups. We have had some amazing results with these sessions with improvements in speech, communication, confidence and self-esteem. If you have a school or group who you feel may benefit then do please get in touch. Our existing clients will be happy to provide testimonials to you. See also Options for group visits to see what we offer.

Accreditations and Associations

  • Assosication of British Riding Schools Approved Riding Establishment
  • Riding for the Disabled Accessibility Mark
  • Hoof
  • Sport England