Stockeld Park Riding for the Disabled Group Providing achievement, laughter, and enjoyment for children since 1973.
The group was set up by a group of local people including the then owner of Stockeld Park estate, Rosamund Gough with Jean Marie Dickens as the instructor.
The group continued to use the Stockeld Park indoor school for 34 years, until 2007 when we moved to the smaller, Sicklinghall Park indoor school.
A number of our volunteers have been with the group for many years, some since its very beginning in 1973. I think this says a lot about the character of the group, but we are always happy to welcome new faces.
Our riding sessions are divided into morning and afternoon ( see riding times in column on left), with the riders coming from four local schools, Forest Knaresborough, St John’s School for the Deaf, Boston Spa, West Oaks, Boston Spa, Springwater Starbeck , Harrogate. Unfortunately we are unable to take individuals.
We are a very friendly and approachable group who try to provide an excellent quality of therapeutic riding lessons. Why not join us! Just click on getting involved for more information.
Group contacts Pam and Francis Hammett 07543087402
RIDING FOR DISABLED ASSOCIATION
RDA is a Federation, currently with over 500 member groups throughout the UK which are dedicated to improve the lives ofpeople with disabilities through the provision of opportunities for riding and/or carriage driving.
RDA National is the governing body of the Federation and it exists to support member groups and volunteers that make up the organisation in three specific ways:
- Providing support and development for groups and volunteers
- Providing support for participants
- Promoting specific activities within the organisation
- RDA is also a member of the British Equestrian Federation and the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International.
THE BENEFITS OF RIDING:
Riding helps individuals to improve their skills such as balance and co-ordination, improves posture, normalisation of muscle tone and improves “ sense of where ” etc.
Contact with a pony provides warmth, rhythm and in some cases a sense of emotional connection.
We teach our children to mount, ride and dismount in the approved manner but with assistance required for their individual needs.
Horse riding is particularly beneficial for pupils who have profound and multiple learning difficulties as it provides a multi-sensory experience which is hard to replicate in any other environment.