New and lapsed riders took up the reins and climbed into the saddle at Hall Place Equestrian Centre in Reading at the end of September as part of an open day to give-horses-a-go. This is a national campaign to encourage more people to ride and discover a passion for horses supported by Get Berkshire Active and the British Equestrian Federation. Free half hour sessions were offered to 30 ladies, many of whom have children and grandchildren who ride at the stables.
Head Coach, Kate Turner, ‘I was delighted by the enthusiasm shown by all the riders that joined us. We have had a large percentage continue riding with us on the HOOF programme and they are progressing well. It’s nice to see so many people returning to the sport after a break’
All the riders have been encouraged to continue with a seven week HOOF Riding Course which includes learning about horse care. The aim of the course is to take a dressage test or go for a ride out on the last session. They are part of the Olympic legacy to get more people riding and enjoying equestrian sport!
Jade Beer - Brilliant riding stables!! Great staff, happy horses, very well organised, all round fab stables! I will be sure to return and spread the word of how happy I was after taking part in a lesson!
Rachel Clark - I took part in the "this girl can" horse riding taster session on Sunday after not riding for approximately 10 years. The instructor was great, really encouraging and upbeat. All the staff and helpers made me feel at ease and comfortable.