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Disabled riding group near Harrogate celebrating 25 years

Disabled riding group near Harrogate celebrating 25 years

Published by Harry Long at 5:50pm 12th September 2019.

A riding group is celebrating 25 years of offering horse riding to disabled people around Harrogate.  

  • Follifoot Disabled Rider Group became a charity in 1994.  
  • It's celebrating its 25th anniversary this Sunday. 
  • The group is supported by more than 100 volunteers.   

Follifoot Disabled Riders Group has more than 100 riders, who are helped by 150 volunteers.   

They have  specialist equipment like hoists to help the riders, and allow them to enjoy the benefits of horse riding.

Starting from as young as 2 years old and with no upper age limit, the charity caters for riders with a variety of needs, from far and wide.

It is also able to offer rides in a carriage or on a mechanical horse, depending on the riders’ particular needs. 

The group was originally formed back in 1986 thanks to the efforts of Julie Pedley, from Follifoot Park Riding Centre and Rosie Towers, before becoming an independent charity in 1994. 

None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support of the founders, a dedicated group of volunteers and the riders’ families, together with the local community and businesses.

The Charity always welcomes new volunteers and Sarah, one of the volunteers says:

“It is the most rewarding part of my week and I love watching the enjoyment the riders get and the progress that they make.  To mark the anniversary there will be a day of celebration at Follifoot Park Riding Centre, Pannal Road, on Sunday 15th September between 11am and 2:30 pm.  There will be a range of activities and games and a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses."