Riding & Driving Track Project
In 2020 the 'Big Give' fundraising event delivered a fantastic result through the generosity of our supporters and match funders, that allowed us to purchase a horse walker to keep our horses and ponies fit and healthy throughout the year. Our next big project is to create a 1.5km riding and driving track to allow us to offer our participants a greater variety of activities including participating in RDA Endurance. A second, later phase of the project will introduce an equine-accessible outdoor sensory trail designed to stimulate visual, auditory and olfactory senses.
In addition to the positive health benefits of being outdoors this facility will offer greater variety and additional challenges for our participants including the opportunity to take part in the RDA Endurance riding and driving distance league table and potentially progress towards competitions. Distances begin at 1km and work up to 5km with a focus on achievement and enjoyment.
As well as benefits for our participants, enclosing the field will extend the period for which the field can be used for grazing as currently we depend on temporary electric fencing to create a secure boundary that, for practical reasons, limits the area of the field that can be used for grazing. This offers the potential to reduce our equine welfare costs during the autumn months.
The cost is in the fencing of the field in a way that both creates the track and facilitates access to the field for hay production and grazing. The current estimate from our fencing contractor for the fencing installation required to create the riding and driving track along with gates to allow access to for hay production and grazing is £23,688, a truly ambitious target but one that would deliver huge benefits.