Saddles Riding School, based in Bexley, Kent, 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.

The centre, which gained its Accessibility Mark accreditation six months ago, will welcome visitors on Friday 10 March, between 11am – 2pm, to showcase the achievements of its disabled riders and hopefully inspire a few new potential clients.

During the event there will be an opportunity to meet the horses and ponies and speak to the staff who work at the centre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a grooming session, before giving the horses a well-earned apple or carrot.

At 12pm there will be a riding demonstration from current Accessibility Mark clients, giving an insight into the benefits of riding and spending time with horses plus there will be free carriage driving taking place throughout the day.

Anyone who books a lesson on the day will receive a £5 discount and if they book a block of five lessons they will get one free session.

Centre manager Carly Purves said:

“We look forward to having the opportunity to show off the achievements of our disabled riders and hopefully welcome more riders through the association with Disabled Access Day.”

Prior booking is required by calling 01322 525219/07854610820 or email

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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