New Equine Assisted Therapy Yard

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New Equine Assisted Therapy Yard Unveiled

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Alkham Valley Community Project (AVCP), a Hoof centre in Kent, has officially opened their newly constructed Wooden Spoon Equine Assisted Therapy Yard at an opening ceremony on Thursday 21 April.

People were invited from the local community to help celebrate the yards official opening including the mayor, care homes and sports charities.

Constructed during 2015, the new yard has already proved to be an invaluable asset. The new features, including a ramp and mountain block for disabled riders help provide suitable facilities for pupils from specialist schools, local colleges and children with disabilities.

The opening ceremony included speeches from Jo Murrell on behalf of the trustees of AVCP, Sarah Harris a livery owner, supporter and local teacher and representatives from Wooden Spoon (Kent), the charity that helped fund the new yard.

Amanda Glasspole a AVCP worker said “The new yard has made a significant difference to those taking part in activities at the AVCP. The Wooden Spoon Charity is dedicated to helping disabled, disadvantaged children and young people and since construction, AVCP has enabled young people with learning and physical disabilities to take part in horse care courses, to learn to ride and to benefit from physical exercise.”

“It is well documented that time spent with horses and ponies modifies behaviour and for many participants this is the first stage to learning and achieving. These young people have made new friends, learnt new skills and experienced improvements to their physical and psychological wellbeing.”

Para rider Susi Rogers-Hartley officially opened the new yard and was delighted to attend the centre which offers so much to both disabled and non-disabled clients.

Following the opening ceremony the AVCP team put on refreshments and introduced guests to the centres ponies and donkeys, who enjoyed the extra attention.

Guests were also able to find out more about Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation participation initiative and how they can get involved along with the AVCPs Raise the Roof, a fundraising programme for a roof to cover the centres arena.

AVCP is a registered charity that provides therapeutic activities for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children to learn skills related to horse riding, carriage driving and horticulture.