Aberdeen Riding Club believes that horse riding should be accessible to all and that we should where possible assist in the local community. Our success and growth over the last ten years reflects the fact that our unique set up and way of "giving something back" to the community is appreciated and enjoyed by everyone that has lessons with us.
Here are details on some of the work we do:
It costs between £8 and £12 per hour to provide a horse for Riding for the Disabled. That horse has to be shod, fed, groomed, have good quality leather tack, have a stable and a field. The RDA also need an indoor school and outdoor off road riding for their riding sessions.
We provide 6–8 horses to Aberdeen RDA each week (Sid, Gemima, Holly, Silver, Ben, Boyo, Twiggy) at heavily discounted rates and charge no arena hire. This is why we don't offer private lessons later on a Tuesday morning or on a Wednesday evening – this arena time is donated to RDA. We have also done fundraising for the RDA, raising over £2000 through our August show and sponsorship (2013).
We are delighted to be able to provide free riding for all children who attend through the Befriend a Child charity. Befrienders who would like to attend riding with their befriendee should just contact us by email and we can arrange a time for them. This is a lovely activity for the Befrienders and their children to take part in as the Befriender can walk along on foot with the child, ensuring the child feels confident and enjoys it.
We were delighted in 2013 to begin sponsoring this award which is aimed at young instructors in Scotland. Aberdeen Riding Club believes that the equine industry needs to invest in young people and promote their training and development and this was an excellent way of doing it.
We were delighted to hear in Spring 2014 that Sid, one of our horses has been nominated by Aberdeen RDA group for a Real Hero award on the STV programme "finding Scotlands real heroes". Sid has been nominated in the hero animal category for his work with RDA. We are all very proud of Sid and his nomination, and hope that everyone in the local area will vote for him when the time comes!
We are also happy to work with any other local charity by providing riding for their service users. In 2013, we have provided free riding for an Aberdeenshire Council residential young people's home and an autism charity. If any local charity would like to have a chat with us about what we might be able to offer, they should get in touch by email.
In 2013, we donated 30 lesson vouchers to the Northsound One Cash for Kids appeal.
We are also delighted to be able to help with local fundraisers in the community. To date, we have provided over £5000 of lessons as raffle prizes and donations to PTA school fundraisers, local charities and galas. If anyone would like to request a prize/donation/raffle, please get in touch by email.
We strive to put something back into the community and make riding more accessible to all. However we don't advertise or publicise the charity work that we do other than on this website, as we don't wish to benefit from publicity with regard to our charity work. Therefore, if you know of a charity or group who would benefit, please advise them to get in touch with us.