Riders rein in the cash

Jack Bate, seven, with Midgeland secretary Pat Bevan (left) and chairman Wendy Ellis.
Jack Bate, seven, with Midgeland secretary Pat Bevan (left) and chairman Wendy Ellis.
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A CHARITY which helps disabled children learn to ride horses has embarked on an ambitious project to raise money for a new mechanical horse.

The Midgeland Riding School held a 24 hour ride-a-thon on one of the devices to launch its £40,000 fund-raising campaign.

A number of the school’s members took part in the day-long challenge and £3,000 was raised towards its target.

Committee member Pat Bevan said: “A riding simulator would enable disabled riders who currently have to have two side walkers to experience the faster gaits which for safety reasons is not possible on a real horse. These horses are not only a valuable training tool and confidence builder but are a physiotherapy aid and are great for fitness so as you can imagine are a valuable asset in our area.”

Any businesses interested in supporting the school’s efforts should contact Pat on 08452 416 346.