The staff all completed their training and assessment day and we look forward to becoming a successful venue for riders with disabilities under the Acessibility Mark scheme.
The latest press release is copied below:
Rein and Shine riding school are opening their doors to more of their local community than ever thanks to specialist training allowing the centre to offer riding opportunities for disabled people. The Braydon based centre have been accredited as an Accessibility Mark centre following training from Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
The Accessibility Mark has been designed by RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation brand, Hoof, to allow more people with disabilities enjoy the benefits that horse riding can bring. Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, Rein and Shine Riding School offer an idyllic setting to learn to ride. The superb facilities on offer include three manicured outdoor arenas, an extensive local network of bridlepaths and a friendly highly trained team to help people of all ages and abilities learn to ride at a pace their clients feel comfortable.
Rein and Shine’s proprietors, Johanna and John, have ensured that the centre will cater for as many people in their local community as possible since the get go; when building the facility it was of paramount importance that they could offer a variable mounting block, disabled access and parking in order to make it accessible to all.
“We want this centre to be for everybody and be a hub for the local community” explains Johanna. “The Accessibility Mark training has given us and the staff more confidence to cater for people with disabilities and has helped to improve our knowledge in this area. Our passion is to help more people get in the saddle and this training will help us to achieve our goal” she continued.
Providing lessons for people with disabilities isn’t new to the centre however, Rein and Shine have experience in giving lessons to people with restrictions in limb mobility, autism, cerebral palsy and hearing impairments. Nine year old Finley Clarke, who has autism, has been riding with the centre since December; “Since he started riding Finley has come out of himself, on his first lesson I had to come into the arena with him and now he likes to go to the yard on his own!” explains Finley’s mum, Simone.
“All the instructors at Rein and Shine have a natural way with children which makes Finley feel relaxed, they have been so accommodating to his needs” she continues.
To find out more about Accessibility Mark at Rein and Shine please contact us.
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Notes to editors
Accessibility Mark is a Sport England Funded initiative that has been developed by Riding for the Disabled Association in partnership with Hoof to ensure more disabled people have access to horse riding. The pilot project launched in November 2013 and focuses sharing skills with commercial riding centres, schools and clubs to deliver horses riding opportunities to the disabled community with confidence thanks to the specialist training and support they have received from Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving (RDA) is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving. Through a network of 500 volunteer groups throughout the UK, RDA provides opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment, improving health, wellbeing and self-confidence, and benefiting mobility and co-ordination.
RDA brings together 500 volunteer groups throughout the UK
Hoof is the Equestrian Legacy brand of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). It looks to promote the sport of equestrianism through a series of initiatives and activities aimed at increasing awareness of and participation in horse riding and equestrian sport.