Riding school gets a new member

Midgeland RDA riders put on a display at the opening of the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

Midgeland RDA riders put on a display at the opening of the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

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The latest addition to Midgeland Riding School does not need feeding or mucking out!

For a £50,000 mechanical horse has been installed at the stables in Marton following a successful fundraising campaign.

Secretary at Midgeland RDA Pat Bevan with the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

Secretary at Midgeland RDA Pat Bevan with the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

The horse will help disabled riders of all ages get in the saddle, as well as able-bodied riders who can hone their skills before moving onto the real thing.

Midgeland Riding for the Disabled (MRD) raised nearly £30,000 for the horse and also received a grant of £46,800 from Sport England towards the project, also covering some of the running costs.

An open day was held on Sunday to unveil the mechanical horse.

Pat Bevan, secretary of MRD, said: “The horse is an amazing piece of equipment and can be programmed to walk, trot or canter and even has sound effects.

Midgeland RDA riders put on a display at the opening of the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

Midgeland RDA riders put on a display at the opening of the new horse simulator at Midgeland Riding School

“It will make riding more inclusive to disabled people and able bodied riders who want to build their confidence.

“It’s so life-like that everyone pats it when they have finished their ride!”

Email midgelandrda@hotmail.co.uk to find out more.