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Project information

I months' Riding for disabled people

It costs £28.50 to run 1 session for 1 rider. With over 100 disabled riders and on average 70 sessions a month, we want to fund 1 months' riding and guarantee the availability of horses, volunteers and equipment.

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Charity information: Lowlands Farm Riding For The Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving

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  • Need

    Need

    To cater for a wide range of riders' needs it is essential to provide a minimal range of horses with the right experience, temperament and of the right size. Keeping these animals in top condition and ready for service is a constant focus for the Group. This project will help guarantee that we have the right spread of ponies; with the best veterinary care; and most of all, that we won't need to increase the discounted cost of a riding session and make it prohibitive to those already struggling.

    Solution

    Many of our riders come to rely on the weekly riding session - especially with the pony they have come to trust. Any disruption to that routine affects an individual's confidence and development. This project is intended to focus on I months' activities and provide the necessary funding to guarantee the hidden costs behind 70 rides (1 months' minimum activity)

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £2,000 to cover the costs of providing riding sessions for 1 month (70 rides)


    Activities

    » Share the extraordinary experiences and lasting beneficial results that riding can bring to disabled people
    » Encourage close encounters with our horse, ponies, coaches and volunteers to see the effects at close hand
    » Highlight the desperate need to fund horses' welfare in order to deliver a reliable, safe and beneficial programme of therapy throughout the year.

    What success will look like

    By maintaining a stable of 10 suitable ponies with the right temperaments, stability and size. And by maintaining the current discounted price for a riding session


  • Impact

    Impact

    In time, as riders numbers grow we would expect to be able to reach a point where the fees charged for a therapy session might be reviewed, and - especially for those riders with long term requirements - to find a way to ease the overall cost of maintaining the positive effects.

    Risk

    A perception that Riding for Disabled is a short term facility to bring temporary enjoyment for a disabled person. As such, it is a luxury and not worthy of support.
    Those who have experienced RDA sessions realise the extraordinary affect that communication with animals has on severely disabled young people, and how a planned routine of riding exercises brings growth, engagement, confidence as well as enjoyment.
    Our efforts constantly promote the extraordinary beneficial effects of riding

    Reporting

    Through social media, web site and if requested, through newletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Equipment 10 reliable steady horses: clean, fit, saddled up.
  • Background

    Location

    Lowlands Farm is located in Shrewley. Warwickshire close to Warwick, Stratford on Avon and Leamington Spa, and has been operating for 25 years. It has recently been acquired by RDA National as the home of their new National Training Centre. But while we - the RDA Group - will benefit from the facilities, it provides no funding benefit. Lowlands Farm RDA is an independent charity solely responsible for its own future.

    Beneficiaries

    The beneficiaries are the scores of disabled people and their families who come from a wide radius to benefit from the effects of riding. It changes peoples' expectations from life; generates new confidence; relaxes tense muscles; encourages engagement with the world around; enables a close bond with the horse; and brings joy and achievement to all and at every level.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lowlands Farm has a long history of providing extraordinary beneficial results to people - young and older - of all disabilities. It now has a new Trustee team in place to take the facility onto to the next generation. Everyone is a volunteer - the Trustees, the side-walkers and lead rein and the fundraisers. 95% of our costs go on providing safe, healthy horses and ponies for the sole purpose of providing this facility.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    David Ivens

    Trustee (Volunteer) with a responsibility for fundraising

    Erica Brown

    Coach: Responsible for safety, and individual development strategies for disabled riders.

“Sometimes I feel that I am trapped in this body, but when I ride it’s like being set free to run again – only the horse is my legs. I feel alive again when I ride”

Anonymous