Church Farm Equestrian Centre, based in Bristol, is holding a special event in support of Disabled Access Day.

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.

Taking place from 10 – 12 March, 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Disabled Access Day will also welcome its first Ambassador for 2017, Paralympic gold medal winning equestrian athlete Sophie Christiansen who began her journey into the sport through the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) who launched the Accessibility Mark scheme.

Church Farm Equestrian Centre recently gained its Accessibility Mark accreditation, so teaming up with Disabled Access Day is the perfect way to demonstrate the skills the staff acquired during their training with the RDA.

Taking place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March between 1pm – 3pm, the centre will throw open its doors to welcome new visitors to find out more about horse-riding.

There will be a chance to meet the staff and ponies before enjoying a free taster session, which is open to both adults and children.

Riding lessons and usual yard activities will continue throughout the day to provide a real sense of what yard life is like.

There will be a discount available on the day for anyone booking an Accessibility Mark session that takes place during school hours. Homemade cakes and soft drinks will be on sale throughout the event.

Owner Kay Padfield said: “As a small centre we are proud of our Accessibility Mark accreditation and hope the link up with Disabled Access Day will encourage more disabled people to come along to see if riding could be an activity that they would enjoy.”

Prior booking is required by calling 07787 561469. Places are limited and the closing date for booking is 8 March.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that they offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure they provide a first class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

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