An East Yorkshire riding school has become the latest riding establishment to sign up to a national scheme encouraging more disabled people to take up horse riding.
Oxmardyke Equestrian Centre, based on the outskirts of Gilberdyke, has received the seal of approval to become an Accessibility Mark accredited centre.
Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.
The centre prides itself on its friendly and professional atmosphere and they offer a high standard of teaching from British Horse Society qualified riding instructors. They provide lessons on horses and ponies to suit all levels and abilities.
Accessibility Mark supports the centre’s long held belief that horse riding is an activity that can be enjoyed by all. The centre’s work with children with special needs from a local school was one of the inspirations behind their application for the scheme.
With fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, Oxmardyke Equestrian Centre is the perfect venue to enjoy riding all year round.
Centre owner Rachel Kirby said: “Meeting all the criteria set out by RDA to be approved as an Accessibility Mark centre reaffirms the work we were already doing.
“The training and support helps to ensure the lessons we provide our disabled riders are constructive and enjoyable.
“Horse riding has many benefits for both a person’s mental and physical well-being, and we are delighted to be able to officially expand our services to anyone who feels they would like to come along and have a go.”
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 it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.
There are currently 39 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk