Showjumper Simon is going for Gold

October 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

As the first Show Jumping Centre in the South East, we are delighted to welcome a new rider to our team. Simon Blight is a Kent based Para-Equestrian who started riding at the age of three at his local riding school. Falling in love with horses and jumping, Simon pursued his dream of becoming a successful show jumper. As a young man Simon competed while managing yards specialising
in horses with behavioural problems. Then, in his mid-thirties, Simon unexpectedly developed Multiple Sclerosis and nearly lost everything. Simon’s family and some very good friends rallied round and between them they have helped Simon to get back in the saddle. Starting slowly, he began competing in local dressage shows. Having bought a young dressage horse, Don Rico, Simon competed in Para-Equestrian classes and qualified for the winter championship. In June this year Simon and Don Rico were selected for the Home International and were highly placed. Also in June Simon started jumping again and with his old show jumper, Causeway’s Carrick Boy, competed in the National Para Club Championships in August, taking first place in the 80cm Category 2. Simon and his team are now aiming for the GB squad. They bought another horse, Don Fernandes, last Christmas with the dream of making the next Paralympics in Rio.
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Grants and Donations

August 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

We are hugely fortunate to have a local community who support us generously.  Horley Lions gave us £1,750 from the proceeds of their horse show at Felbridge and Felbridge Parish Council gave us £100 towards the cost of a new saddle for one of our new ponies.  Thank you to both organisations.

We have also received two grants towards our annual costs from charitable trusts.  The Henry Smith Charity has given us £2,000 and the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund has given £1,000.  These grants will enable us to continue to fund the eight riding sessions we run each week and we are very grateful to both Charities.

National Championships, Hartpury

July 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

AdamatNationals13Having qualified at the Regional Championships, our rider Adam Lester took part in the National Championships on one of the hottest days of the year.  Riding our pony Liquorice, Adam came 4th in the Show Jumping, 3rd in the dressage, 2nd in the Countryside Challenge, and 2nd overall.  It was 34 degrees in the arena, and in a jacket and tie it must have been exhausting.  Well done, Adam!

Fun Day 2013

June 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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The Sun shone on us for Fun Day this year and we were delighted to welcome some of our sponsors and supporters to join us for the day. Most of our schools attended, and enjoyed playing games on horseback.  Our volunteers enjoyed themselves too!  The annual prizes were presented by our Chairman, James Baxter, and every child received a rosette for effort during the year.

Our New Santander Pony has arrived!

June 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm

At the end of last year we applied to Santander Bank for a grant from their Community Foundation to purchase a larger horse for our older riders.  They very kindly gave us £4,000.  Since then we have been looking for a suitable horse, which took some time as good RDA horses are hard to find.  At last we have found one and he arrived at Little Brook a couple of weeks ago. His full name is Renkum Art Award but we call him Archie. He is dark bay, about 15.2hh, and of Anglo-European breeding.  He has a super temperament and is fairly unflappable. At the moment he is working well and getting used to his new home. He has been introduced to the noise and movement of our disabled riders and has taken all in his stride.  He has the special quality we need for working with riders with disabilities and we hope for a long working life with him for our larger riders.

Thank you Santander!

 

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