Some Riding Schools are Pony Club Centre Riding Schools, where young people can join the Pony Club without owning a pony and allows members to access Achievement Badges, Progressive Awards and Efficiency Tests as well as have fun.
During Lockdown 3 all Riding Schools are shut, meaning they have no income. The summer lockdown was easier as the ponies could be in a fieldwith sufficient grass but at this time of year, they are stabled, needing more care, bedding and feed, this can cost about £100 a week.
The local Branch of the Pony Club, the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale, members with their own ponies, have been running a second hand Equestrian saddlery, equipment and clothes sale and have offered to donate some funds to their local Pony Club Centre Riding School to help them get through this tricky time. Thank you to Lucy Proctor for organising the Second Hand Sale. Alison Tytheridge , Proprietor of Pevlings Farm Riding School is so grateful for the donation supporting the ponies. Her Centre members are looking forward to being able to get back to riding and caring for the ponies.
By: Lucy Procter