Our Riders

Our riders range in age from 4 to adult.  They have a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.  They come to love riding and love our horses.  They enjoy learning new skills.  We arrange proficiency tests, following the Riding for the Disabled Association syllabus, to recognise and reward their abilities. Many of our riders have achieved their 1,2,3 certificates in riding and horse care. A few have even achieved their grade 4, which is fantastic. With better facilities to work in we are sure some could go onto achieving bronze, silver and gold awards.

We love to take  some of our riders on holiday.  Since 2010 we have been taking several riders, their carers/parents, instructors and volunteers to Clwyd in Wales. Here they have learnt to fetch and turn out horses from the fields. They have also learnt how to clean horses and their tack and have had a most enjoyable time riding around the beautiful, well kept centre.

We have taken part in competitions organised by the Riding for the Disabled Association and have had competed in the Nationals at Hartpury College. On one occasion one of our riders and a young lad from another RDA group won for the East Region at Hartpury, this was wonderful and we were very impressed with this achievement.

If you know someone who you think would benefit from riding then please do get in touch, or visit us to see what we do.  We are a very friendly and welcoming group.

“All three of my children have ridden with Sugarloaf.  They have a vast range of disabilities ranging from physical to mental. The staff are friendly and get to know their individual needs and abilities.  Horse riding has greatly helped in both my children’s physical and mental needs.”

“My daughter has been able to represent Sugarloaf in a RDA Competition, where she came fourth.  The staff organise special days for the children, stable hand day.  Where the children can do a vast array of stable duties which they all love.  My children enjoy their time riding and talking to the members of staff and getting to know the horses.”

Susan Weddell

Mother or Jack, Aiden and Lydia

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