Kesteven Rideability celebrates 25 years

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An organisation which allows disabled children and adults to enjoy horse riding is this year celebrating its 25th birthday.

Kesteven Rideability is based at The Paddocks Riding Centre in Hough-on-the-Hill, where a ‘Silver Celebration’ will take place on Saturday, August 10, to mark the anniversary.

Riding instructor Karen Thompson, who set up the charity in 1988, is opening the doors to all, inviting people to learn more about the work of Kesteven Rideability.

She said: “As a registered charity, it was initially set up to provide subsidised horse riding during the summer months to disabled children and adults from the county of Lincolnshire.

“Over the last 24 years the group has continued to expand into many areas of equine activities including therapeutic and competitive horse riding.”

Children as young as six can ride, which can develop balance and co-ordination, skills that children with physical disabilities often struggle to improve upon.

Meanwhile, more established riders have the opportunity to compete at county, regional and national level in dressage and working pony competitions.

Kesteven Rideability is run entirely by volunteers who also work hard to raise the funds needed to keep it going.

Karen said: “This year alone we have taken part in a sponsored 1 km abseil challenge at PGL in Caythorpe, plus three volunteers are preparing to take the plunge – literally – in a sponsored assisted skydive.”

The ‘Silver Celebration’ on August 10 begins at 1pm. It is a chance to meet ponies and volunteers, enjoy pony rides, a bouncy castle, games and refreshments, and browse stalls.

A fun dog show will start at 2pm (entries taken from 1pm) with 10 classes such as the ‘waggiest tail’, best 6 legs and the ‘most handsome dog’.