Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 22.13.17A cash boost is helping a local disabled riding school come over loud and clear!

Hambleton District Council awarded Bedale Group Riding for the Disabled Association a grant of a £1000 from its Small Grant Scheme to purchase and install a new sound system.

The aim of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is to use riding as therapy for people with disabilities which in turn develops their communication skills, co-ordination, social and life skills.  It allows them to work together to tackle their problems.

“Our indoor riding school which is based at The Saddle Club in Catterick Garrison is a huge school with lots of space which is great but causes problems,” said Julia Harmby, Chair of Bedale’s RDA.

“It is often difficult for the riders, volunteer leaders and side walkers to hear the instructions given by the session instructor.  By using the new equipment and being able to hear will improve the riders enjoyment, give them more confidence and promote independence.

“It will also assist visiting physiotherapists who give advice and exercise programmes and visiting Instructors who run riding clinics.”