New stables for therapy horses in South East London

Local disabled riding charity says ‘thank you’ to players of People’s Postcode Lottery

A riding group for disabled children and adults in Eltham, South East London is opening a brand new stable block for its horses and ponies thanks to a grant made possible by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The stables will be home to three lucky ponies from New Lodge Riding for the Disabled group, which helps between 60 and 100 riders every week.

sapphy in new stableThe new stables are not only good news for the group’s horses. The accessible building will be much better for clients and volunteers – with special door latches and level flooring to make the stables much easier to access and move around in.

“I would like to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for spurring us on to get this project done. The yard looks so much better, and the whole area is now more accessible. All the stable doors bolt so easily that any of our riders can access the stables. Thank you for making ithappen!”

One of the group’s riders, Mitchell Eddison started riding through a ride sponsored by Royal Borough of Greenwich. He was very keen from the start and quickly progressed from the Tuesday evening beginner class to the weekend more advanced session. He also started to volunteer and helps every Sunday leading round the younger children. This summer he progressed for the first time to a field ride without a leader and he was very proud of himself.

Mitchell has a diagnosis of Autism and struggles to cope at times but while at the stables he is always very well behaved and a real asset to the Centre. He was nominated for an award at the Citizen of the Year Awards through Greenwich Borough and he was runner up in his category.

Mitchel 2 6-1016Mitchell thinks the stables look fantastic and make a big improvement on the yard. He was very excited when he heard Sapphy was to go in one of the stables as she is one of the horses he rides, as well as other RDA favourite, Dillon.

New Lodge RDA is a member of Riding for the Disabled Association, a UK wide charity which helps around 28,000 disabled children and adults to enjoy the benefits of riding and carriage driving for therapy, achievement and fun. The grant to New Lodge was awarded by RDA UK thanks to the support it receives from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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