Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is holding its annual sponsored horse ride on Good Friday, 18th April and you are invited to take part! Alex Raynbird finds out more
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful Surrey countryside and help a fantastic cause at the same time!
Join the 11 mile ride over the heaths and through woodland just south of Guildford. For children and those with less experience there is a 3 mile route where riders must be led or accompanied by someone on foot.
Cranleigh RDA offers children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to ride. Volunteer helpers and coaches encourage riders to overcome their fears and enjoy a new experience. The act of riding instills a sense of independence and confidence and gives a real sense of achievement.
Horses can be empathetic to stress and depression and being around them can bring a sense of calm and promote well-being. Those who find it difficult being in busy environments often thrive spending time in the stables. When riding, the three dimensional movement of the horse simply in walk is immensely therapeutic and helps the rider become more relaxed and supple.
In January the group appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile. Helen Skelton, the presenter was assisted in overcoming her fear of riding after she’d had bad falls in the past.
The charity is entirely self-supporting from contributions, fundraising and donations. Its committed volunteers ensure the charity keeps going and the annual sponsored ride is a great way of raising money.
Entry is £10 for the 11-mile ride and £5 for the 3-mile ride. Minimum sponsorship is £20. There are two £50 prizes – one for over 18s and one for under-18s - for the most sponsorship raised!
To apply, visit: cranleighrdagroup.co.uk