Local equitation centre, Wrea Green is holding a special event to mark 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.
As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Wrea Green, which is based near Preston, is welcoming visitors on Saturday March 11, between 3.30- 5pm.
During the event there will be the opportunity to observe an Accessibility Mark session taking place with both adults and children of mixed riding abilities. The heated indoor arena has a viewing area with disabled access and seating for 20 people.
There will also be a chance to meet the ponies and find out about how horses can have an extraordinary impact by learning a new skill that can help with balance and co-ordination, while forming new friendships with like-minded people.
Current Accessibility Mark riders will be on hand to answer questions about their experience of riding and the centre will be offering half price riding assessments if they book on the day.
Christine Pollit from Wrea Green said:
“We are proud of the achievements of our disabled riders and relished the opportunity to show off our facilities and hopefully welcome more riders through the association with Disabled Access Day.”
This is a great opportunity to find out about horse-riding and the RDA, and there will be information available to take away on the day. The centre has good disabled facilities and staff will be on-hand to assist visitors with their requirements.
Prior booking is required by calling the centre on 01772 686576. Places are limited and the closing date for booking is March 5.
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.
For more information about Disabled Access Day please visit www.disabledaccessday.com.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.