Our ponies say ‘Thank you’

12 February 2024
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It’s been a busy few days behind the scenes at the stables, ensuring our ponies are kept in the best possible condition for our riders. It’s often a difficult time of year as the ponies sense Spring is on the way, although wet weather & poor ground conditions, can mean restricted turnout. Fortunately our ponies are […]

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‘Team Stratford’ did us proud!

14 November 2023
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A small group of our volunteers, coaches and riders, Heather and Arthur, took our horses Diesel and Alfie to RDA UK headquarters to give a demonstration of the discipline of Endurance at the RDA UK Coaching Conference. Heather and Arthur rode so well and Diesel and Alfie and riders were not fazed by the huge […]

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It’s been an exciting couple of weeks!

22 June 2022
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We’ve welcomed our first new  rider to the Group since pre-Covid and seen our riders progress onto new ponies and gain certificates for their riding skills. The other good news is, after extensive rehabilitation, Kiera is back in action and sharing the workload with the other ponies. Huge thanks to Hannah, who devised Kiera’s rehab […]

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Fit and healthy ponies a must!

8 June 2022
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An array of professionals are involved in keeping our ponies fit and healthy, to do our activities.  We’re very grateful to farrier Carl Wain, Master Saddler Laura Dempsey and Avonvale Equine, for the care and attention they give our ponies.  Open wide………. Marco having routine dental treatment! 

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Happy Riders, Happy Ponies & Happy Helpers

11 May 2022
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We’re making the most of the lovely weather, riding round the fields, woods & tracks and  enjoying treasure hunts.  Louis & Harry have both progressed to confidently riding Alfie.   Alfie & Diesel visiting the RDA National Training Centre 

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Three cheers for Diesel!

12 December 2021
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All our ponies are very hard-working but this week special mention goes to Diesel.   He’s been putting in extra shifts, while Keira is having some time off work, & he’s gained several new fans! 

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Indoor play!

29 January 2021
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Here’s some pictures of the ponies having fun in the indoor school!  They’ve not been able to go into the fields, due to the recent snow & wet weather, so they particularly enjoy the chance to roll in the sandy arena, after their exercise. 

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Early Autumn ride!

4 October 2020
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Our volunteers and ponies enjoying a hack over the stubble fields

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More happy riders

20 July 2020
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More happy riders have been visiting their ponies.  For some, it’s their first outing since lockdown began, however any initial trepidation was soon allayed, once reunited with by their favourite ponies.  Welcoming our riders back to the stables is a hugely positive experience and although it may be a while before we can re-start riding, […]

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Another happy afternoon!

4 July 2020
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Another happy afternoon with Fi & Reuben enjoying their time with Alfie & Kiera –  and we even missed the showers- well mostly! The pictures below speak for themselves. Once again our volunteers showed adaptability and innovation, as we made some changes to enhance our riders experience; offering tack cleaning & changing the location slightly. […]

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