Pony club plans are galloping

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Plans for a monthly pony club in Spalding are galloping ahead after a generous donation of £5,000.

The Sense stables has been sponsored by Mark Garner with a pony and specially adapted carriage so that wheelchair users and children can experience the sensation of being driven around the fields by a horse.

Mark’s sister Julie (50) is deaf and with limited sight and has been attending the stables for two years.

Mark, who owns a property development company, said: “Seeing how the stables give my sister a great sense of freedom and the ability to connect with animals made me want to give something back.

“I hope that more people like Julie can benefit from the stables and lead a much more varied life.”

The stables run by deafblind charity Sense are set in 17 acres of beautiful farm land in West Pinchbeck and were opened by Sense’s patron HRH the Princess Royal.

They are the only stables in the UK entirely adapted to the needs of deafblind people so that they can enjoy horse riding and participate in all aspects of horse care and yard work.

Jo Jones, stables manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mark Garner and his company for his very generous gift.

“Donations like these help more deafblind people to enjoy the benefits that being around horses can bring.”