We are launching a new Fundraising Appeal through JustGiving in order to raise funds that are desperately needed to continue. Our aim is to raise £50,000 to ensure our future. We have had a year of no revenue or opportunity to hold our usual fundraising events due to the Covid-19 crisis. Please help us reach our goal!
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What do we do? We subsidise all the Riding for the Disabled lessons at Barnfield Riding School and without funds, we won't be able to continue to do this. We are run solely by volunteers so 100% of your contributions will go towards subsidising lessons for our riders.
Samuel is one of our young Barnfield RDA riders and this is his story in the words of his mother:
“Barnfield RDA is an essential part of Samuel’s life and it is his ‘happy place’. Importantly it gives Samuel the opportunity to ride and have a special interest outside of school due to its wonderful support for children with additional needs.
Samuel was non-verbal up until 5 years old and is diagnosed with ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Language Delay and consequently faces anxiety, sensory and communication challenges.
He started riding with RDA Barnfield at the age of 5. Being taught by the RDA team to give the horses instruction has been a key motivator in encouraging Samuel to speak.
Samuel, aged 5, on his first Barnfield pony!
He is now 7 years old and understands and processes the routines at the stable together with the stable rules and is able to take basic instruction with support from the RDA team and relay the instruction to the horse such as “walk on”.
Samuel was welcomed to Barnfield RDA with open arms and due to the team’s incredible support and expertise, Samuel has made significant progress with his riding and it has been a huge factor in supporting his social communication challenges.
In combination with his school, his horse riding has made a huge difference to his speech and ability to take instruction.
Samuel’s Barnfield RDA session is one of the most important parts of his week which he looks forward to very much!”
Samuel aged 7 now riding every week and
talking with the volunteers and ponies.