Riding For the Disabled Tweed Valley senior horse manager and vice-president Glenda McIntosh checks out the new obstacle course at Stokers Siding with 17-year-old thoroughbred Apollo.
Riding For the Disabled Tweed Valley senior horse manager and vice-president Glenda McIntosh checks out the new obstacle course at Stokers Siding with 17-year-old thoroughbred Apollo. Liana Turner

New courses for horses

A MINI Stonehenge, see-saw and other fun obstacles are among the new additions at the Stokers Siding Riding for the Disabled grounds.

RDA Tweed Valley secretary Mick Gibson said the finishing touches were being put in place to complete a new obstacle course for the service’s more skilled riders after the group received $3000 in funding from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

Having celebrated its 25th birthday last year, Mr Gibson said it was a great time to add some interest to the site, for both riders and horses alike.

He said the group’s 48 riders ranged in age (from four to 44) and ability, so it was great to have something more challenging for those with greater independence.

While the $3000 grant got things started, Mr Gibson said the work of volunteers and donations from local businesses including Uki Sawmill and Hardings Earthmoving had helped to bring their dream to fruition.

He said the site had been buzzing with workers for the past 10 months.

“It’s just amazing what they’ve done in that time,” Mr Gibson said.

Riding For the Disabled Tweed Valley senior horse manager and vice president Glenda McIntosh checks out the new obstacle course at Stokers Siding with 17-year-old thoroughbred Apollo.
Riding For the Disabled Tweed Valley senior horse manager and vice president Glenda McIntosh checks out the new obstacle course at Stokers Siding with 17-year-old thoroughbred Apollo. Liana Turner

“It’s good to have something new. It gives the riders variety.

“It’s always giving us a great deal of pleasure to be here, and it really is a new experience to see the growth people get out of coming here.”

Northern Rivers Community Foundation executive administration officer Sue Kelly said she was pleased with what her group’s grant had achieved.

“It’s (in line with) the whole ethos of the foundation, by lifting people out of disadvantage,” Ms Kelly said. She said the NRCF gave out $130,000 in grants across the Northern Rivers last year.

Mr Gibson said RDA Tweed Valley was looking for new volunteers this year.

Extensive experience with horses is not essential but being comfortable with horses is crucial.

RDA Tweed Valley will recommence riding sessions next month.

To register your interest phone 0419 437 217.



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