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Project information

Improved facilities for Weekly Riding Therapy

The cost of updating and expanding this facility is estimated to be in the region of £100,000. So far we have raised £35,000. This work is urgently needed and we are therefore anxious to raise the balance in order to provide the verybest we can for the children involved as well as the volunteers.

Several months

Charity information: The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT)

The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT) logo
  • Need


    Very difficult and to a certain extent unhealthy conditions for the provision of vital Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy to young chilkdren with special needs in the Bournemouth and Southamnpton catchment areas. Over the years it has become evident that this particular branch of our work caters quite extensiveky to wheelchair users and to children who are dependent on cover in much UK weather and therefore a need for good ventilation. Also shortage of ponies for the numbers involved.


    1) By making the routes between car parks and riding school wheelchair friendly; therefore lessening the burden on the volunteers.
    2) By providing footing in the riding school that is easier for walkers (volunteers) and better for the ponies feet.
    3) By providing the necessary ventilation for health (particularly children with breathing difficulties)
    4) By erecting the right type of miorrors, thus enabling the physiotherapts to check their work and the children to self-correct positions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Resurfacing with tarmacadam and draining the driveways from car parks to indoor riding school..


    » have the work professionally planned.
    » Raise the funds through grants, fund raising activities and individual donastions.
    » Put the job out to tender.
    » Appoint the contractor.

    What success will look like

    Success will be evident in the response of volunteers who will find the work so much easier. Evidence will be collecteed from the personnel who bring the children in wheelchairs.

    Aim 2

    Modernise the indoor riding school at Wootton Hall Farm.


    » Remove the old surface.
    » Re-surface with 80 tonnes of softrack
    » Install modern ventilation.
    » Install three appropriate ridi school mirrors.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated in the chilkdren's extended concentration span and reports from volunteers who have previously found the conditions taxing.

    Aim 3

    Stable addition to include drainage works.


    » Design the required additional stabling and investigate drainage needs.
    » Put the job out to tender.
    » Raise the funds through grants, fund raising activities and individual donastions.
    » Appoint a contractor and complete the work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidenced by our ability to offer additional places to children in the scheme.

  • Impact


    The improvements we plan will enhance the whole ethos of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy where one of the facets of the training of residential students in their third year on The Further Education Through Horsemastership Course, is learning an added sense of responsibility through their work with the ponies provided at Wootton Hall Farm for the use of visiting children, on a weekly basis. The planned additions will enhance this area of training which contributes to students' independence.


    1. Inability to raise the funds. We will n ot start the work until we are assured the money will be available.
    2. Possibility of government cutbacks affecting the FCRT income. We are making cutbacks on day to day running costs wherever possible to guard against such a contingency.


    1) All donors are automatically included in a bi-annual mailout which includes a report on progress of any and all projects.
    1) All donors are invited to visit at any time.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £107,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,500 Driveway Resurfacing with tarmacadam and drainage.
      £16,000 Back access Re-surfacing with tarmacadam.
      £45,000 Stable addition Erection and drainage.
      £18,450 Indoor school Resurfaciing, ventilation and mirrors.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Already raised £35,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy is situated on three locations within the New Forest. Wootton Hall Farm is the residence for all first and second year students on the Further Education Through Horsemastership Course. It also hosts the facility offered to younger local children on a once a week basis to benefit from the advantages of Equine Facilitated Education and Therapy (EFET).


    Those who will benefit from this project are:
    The children enrolled on the weekly EFET project, their parents, teachers and families.
    The residential students on the FETH Course at FCRT (45)
    The staff at FCRT (120)
    The volunteers directly involved (57)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Fortune Centre of Riding Theraapy (FCRT) has been established for thirty five years. It is a full member of H.E.T.I. (Horses in Education and Therapy International) and is staffed by mullti qualified professionals in equine, educatioon and health fields. This poject involves work with two- twelve year old children and over the years numbers of these have progressed to the residential three year FETH Course enabling them to go on to train for a more independent life style on completion.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Rev. Paul Lipscomb FCA

    Mr Lipscomb is the Chairman of Trustees (voluntary position) and is overall responsible for the sanctioning of the project.

    Mrs Jennifer Dixon-Clegg, SRN.

    Mrs Dixon-Clegg is the Director of FCRT and is the person to contact for all information regarding operation and planning of the project.

    Mrs Alison Cording, Accountant.

    Mrs Cording is the Finace manager and Company Secretary and will work directly with the contractors for this project.

    Mrs Denise Thomnpson, MSCP,SRP.

    Mrs Thompson is the Senior Physiotherapist at FCRT and as such is responsible for liaising in relation to specific requirements of clients.