Middleton Park Equestrian Centre Riding for the disabled was opened in 1991 and they are one of the biggest Centres in the north.
They hold riding and carriage driving sessions for people with a variety of disabilities and for some this is their only activity. Therapeutic riding or equine assisted therapy is beneficial for children and adults with a wide range of cognitive, physical and emotional conditions.
Volunteers are a big part in the running of the centre, volunteers do not need to have any experience just a desire to help. Work can involve walking out with the carriage into the wood, helping out on the yard grooming horses or leading in Riding sessions.
They take a large amount of pupils on work experience from local schools or children that are struggling socially at school
Due to the amount of cuts they are also looking for sponsorship from local businesses/people to help support the Centre. This could be anything from buying a horse’s feed for the year to paying for shoes. Its cost around £2000 a year to keep one horse so anything towards the upkeep would be a big help.
The benefits that the Centre gives to adults and children physically and mentally is amazing, it has changed people’s lives and is a big part of the community.
Mary has been using the facilities for the last 9 years, her parents said, “Mary has CAH and the centre offers her a lot of enjoyment. Recently she competed in the RDA National Championships coming third. The centre gives her something to look forward to.”
Jackie’s daughter Haley and Aiden her son both attend the centre which aids their disabilities. Haley, after being in a serious road traffic accident was advised by her consultant that horse riding may help in her recovery. Aiden was recently placed in the showjumping and dressage events at the RDA National Championships.
If you could help out in any way please contact the centre on tel: 0113 277 19 62 or