Students are ready to ride but helpers are still needed

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Pupils at Spalding’s Priory School have been cleaning saddles and bridles in preparation for their riding sessions recommencing after the winter break.

This opportunity is provided by the Fenland Group of the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), which last year celebrated 33 years of working with children from the Garth and the Priory Schools in Spalding.

Some of the children, volunteers and ponies are looking forward to appearing at Equifest at Peterborough Showground on August 15, where they will provide a short demonstration of the work the charity does with disabled children.

RDA has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from proceeds from the show and Fenland Group is delighted to be representing them at such a prestigious event.

A very generous donation of £10,000, presented last October following the winding up of DASH Holiday Homes Charity has secured the financial future of the Fenland Group but there is always a pressing need for volunteers, who can spare three hours on a Wednesday morning, to come and assist the young riders by walking alongside them, or leading a pony.

The Group, unlike most RDA groups, does not have any ponies of its own and relies on volunteers to bring along their ponies/horses for the children to ride. It is always looking for offers of the use of suitable ponies as, sadly, there have been occasions when rides have had to be cancelled due to a shortage.

The Group is fortunate enough to be able to use the purpose-built SENSE stables at West Pinchbeck and operates between April and October, term-time only.

If you would like to come along and see what the group does, with a view to volunteering, or if you have a pony you could spare for three hours, please contact Valerie on 07702246504.