Registered Charity Number: 1120263
Penniwells provides riding & stable management sessions for up to 140 adults & children throughout the week. We are open 7 days a week 8am - 5.30pm. The movement of the horse is unrivalled for improved muscle tone, balance, co-ordintaion & a great feeling of well being. For many it is the only exercise they take part in all week.
The Centre relies on volunteer support with many riders requiring up to 3 helpers at a time. 5 staff along with the management committee of 5 Trustees oversee the running of the Centre.
Penniwells has 14 working horses & ponies - 3 are on long term loan with the rest being owned by The Centre.
It costs approx £130,000 per year to keep running - Even though we charge riding fees this in no way covers our overall expenditure. We are reliant on the generous donations, gifts, grants & fundaraising activities by all those supporting us.
We encourage all our riders to ride to the very best of their individual ability - The majority begin riding at Penniwells for therapy having been referred to us by physios or consultants. Others come through schools, day centres & colleges. Lots also apply individually - At present we have about a years waiting list in place - This could be reduced if more volunteers joined our team.
Riders learn to ride in walk, trot & canter - we encourage many to take part in competition at RDA Regional & National Level with 2011 being our best year to date with 12 riders qualifying for the RDA National Championships - They won a staggering 18 classes between them and five returned home having been crowned a National Champion. We also give the oppportunity for some to take part in Para Dressage. 2011 saw a Penniwells RDA Rider set a new world record for being the youngest ever Para Dressage Rider to win an International 2* Competition - this was at Bishop Burton in July. he was just 14 yrs of age.
Penniwells is a very special place made up of a committed and passionate team. Without the whole team working together Penniwells would not have grown into the fantastic Centre of opportunity & Excellence that is today.
Phone: 020 8207 4525
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