Pony Club puts Comic Relief grant to good use

A happy rider from Willow Farm Pony Club uses the new jumps.
A happy rider from Willow Farm Pony Club uses the new jumps.

Lincolnshire-based Willow Farm Pony Club is adding first aid training for volunteers and new show jumps following a £2000 Comic Relief Grant awarded by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

The long established Skegness based centre offers riding lessons, holidays and training courses as well as Pony Club Centre Membership.

An advert in the local council newsletter encouraging groups to apply for the Comic Relief funding was enough to motivate owner of Willow Farm, Sue Evans, to send in her grant proposal.

“The kids are over the moon and they are all very proud of their new showjumps. We are now running clear round jumping – something that we would have struggled to do before; we are hoping this will encourage more members to join our Pony Club Centre as well as develop stronger links with local branch members. It is the first time PolyJumps have made fences in The Pony Club colours and the children were really excited!”

As well as the brilliant new jumps, five of Willow Farm’s volunteers will be receiving two days of first aid training through the British Horse Society, where they will be provided with a basic overview of equine specific first aid procedures.

Evans said the five recipients are all Young Equestrian Leader Award (YELA) candidates.

Willow Farm offers The Pony Club Centre Membership scheme, which is aimed at those who ride at riding schools without their own pony. Lucy Goler, Executive Officer for Centre Membership at The Pony Club, is delighted with the effect the funding has had on the centre.

“Sue Evans and her team at Willow Farm are providing an excellent opportunity for young riders in their region and they are always hugely supportive of The Pony Club and our aims for driving grassroots riding.

“Their Pony Club Centre, for non pony owning young people, is a busy, social hub for young riders in the Skegness area.  The funding received from the Lincolnshire Community Foundation has already had such a positive impact for Willow Farm and their riders, and these additional show jumps will help them to extend their training and competitive offer to their Pony Club Members, other clients and the local riding community.”

For more information on funding opportunities that can be provided through the British Equestrian Federation can be found at www.hoofride.co.uk.

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