Princess Anne to open stables for deafblind

Princess Anne.
Princess Anne.
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Horse-loving Princess Anne will officially open new stables offering deafblind people the chance to learn to ride in West Pinchbeck.

The Princess Royal will meet charity workers and some of the people it helps when she does the honours at the new stables run by Sense on December 12.

The stables, which are set in 17 acres of farm land, will allow deafblind people not only to learn to ride but also experience working with horses.

They will be open to deafblind adults and children from across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Rutland.

Gill Morbey, Sense CEO, said: “The Sense stables at Peakirk, near Peterborough, were opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2007 and have been a great success.

“The project has proved to be of significant and long-lasting benefit to deafblind people, helping to build confidence, develop self-esteem and learn new skills.

“However, lack of space limited the number of people who could benefit from horse riding.

“These new relocated stables in West Pinchbeck are brilliant. So many more people will benefit and the facilities are at last suitable for deafblind children.”

Every aspect of the stables has been designed around the needs of people with hearing and sight difficulties who often have additional disabilities.

Creative tactile and sensory references such as different textured mats, colour coded equipment for those who may have some sight, different scented and textured plants are used throughout the space to help people get around as independently as possible.

An activity park will provide a comfortable environment for the whole family to relax and have fun together.

The charity plans to launch a monthly pony club for deafblind children with a trap that means wheelchair users can also enjoy riding.

Jo Jones, stables manager, said: “With the new stables more deafblind people will be able to become more active, follow a sport, whilst also following an individual educational or therapeutic plan, thus leading to improved personal development, independence and a range of new choices.”