Party in the Paddock Launch’s Accessibility Mark Arena

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Over 700 people attended the Party in the Paddock held at Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching facility based in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

This is the third year running that Moorwards Farm have held their annual Party in the Paddock but this year had a special significance as it also coincided with the opening of their brand new dedicated Accessibility Mark Arena.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre Moorwards Farm have met the criteria and undergone specialised training to be able to confidently provide a service to riders with both learning and physical disabilities to the highest standard as set out by RDA.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

This new arena will have real benefits for riders with special needs who wish to participate in equine related activities, particularly those with autism who can very easily become over-whelmed by their environment, and is a great addition to the facilities at Moorwards Farm enabling year round riding protected from the elements.

Jodie Maile Yard Manager at Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility said: “We are proud to be an Accessibility Mark centre and support RDA in their aim to ensure anyone with special needs get the opportunity to interact with horses.”

Events throughout the day included a dog agility display provided by Cippenham Dog Training Club, stunt performer Steve Dent and his horses, plus craft and food stalls and bouncy castles for the children. The new arena played host to a number of demonstrations such as, tent pegging from Skills at Arms, an insight into the world of miniature horses with Kelly Fox and Moorwards Farms’ own Young Equestrians to name a few.

Special guest Alex Uttley from acrobatic gymnast group ‘Spelbound’, winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, co-ordinated a stunning demonstration with young gymnasts from London Borough of Hillingdon Gymnastics Club, with all the entertainment provided showing the versatility of the new arena.

The event helped raise funds for charity HorseHeard, who provide equine facilitated learning for children and young adults; this learning develops key emotional and social intelligence skills and increases confidence and self-esteem.

Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility also has a café and comfortable training lounges, providing the local community with a place to socialise, hold meetings, start horse riding or continue to develop their skills and have fun, everything from children’s pony parties, to a variety of programmes for all, such as Young Equestrians, Take Back the Reins and Pony Club.

For more information about Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility visit www.moorwardsfarm.co.uk/

Cutting the ribbon - left to right Moorwards Farm owner Jodie Maile Noami Isaiah and Amy Caldwell.

Cutting the ribbon

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