Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders Ltd are pleased to announce that from 1st May 2015 we will be an RDA Accessibility Marked Centre.
The Accessibility Mark is a Sport England funded project, developed by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) legacy programme. The project aims to get more riding centres, schools and clubs accredited, in order to increase availability of horse related activities for the disabled community.
This marks an exciting step for Conquest as although we already offer a diverse range of services (we opened 50 years ago and have been members of the RDA since 1971) we will now be able to expand and develop our activities and support networks as we see fit in order to fully meet the needs of our community.
We are proud of our position as a leading local charity and feel confident this development will benefit us going forwards.
THANK YOU LANGLEY MARSH SOCIAL CLUB
At a recent gathering, members of the Langley Marsh Social Club (LMSC) donated the sum of £1,300 to the Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders at Norton Fitzwarren. Approximately half of the donation came from Ivor and Ruth Topp who had held monthly jazz evenings at the Cotleigh Brewery and two music evenings at their house. The balance came from funds raised by members of the LMSC who hold monthly meetings at the Three Horseshoes in Langley Marsh. The club aims to give two donations to local charities each year. The photograph shows Ivor Topp, Teresa Wort (Corporate and Community Fundraiser) and Roy Barfield (Treasurer of the LMSC).
NEW MEMBERS OF THE CONQUEST HERD
Conquest Centre has recently recruited two more members of the equine team, Solly and Tommy, both pictured below.
Solly, a seven year old black gelding, is broken to ride and drive and came to us from a private home. After completing his initial training with our carriage driving instructor Barbara Nadin, he is now taking part in disabled carriage driving sessions, so has met some of you already.
Tommy also came to us from a private home, where he was a leisure horse doing mainly hacking. Tommy is ten years old and is a tall chap at 16.1hh. He is a Clydesdale cross, hence his lovely white patches, and is currently in initial training. We hope that Tommy will be used in lessons and for back-riding.
So, if you happen to be passing, pop in and say hello to the new boys!
CONQUEST STUDENT JASON IS THE PRIDE OF SOMERSET
Jason Inchley, Conquest work place diploma student, was among a select few inspirational people to receive a ‘Pride of Somerset’ youth award on Friday 6th March. The ceremony, which took place at Somerset College for Arts and Technology, recognised young people from across the county who display tremendous generosity, courage, talent and passion. Jason, 18 from Chard, is currently undertaking his level 2 work place diploma in horse care at the Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders.
Jason was awarded this prestigious accolade for his commitment to his work in the face of a range of challenges. Jason has Cerebral Palsy - a condition that affects muscle control and movement. Despite this, Jason undertakes a physical job on the yard and still finds the time for dressage riding! Last year Jason underwent his third heart operation to repair a faulty valve, but was still back at work on the yard as soon as possible.
Jason, pictured here with his award said; “I am very, very proud to win this award. I really feel I have achieved something special, it’s really quite hard to put into words!”
James Holyday, Chair of Trustees at the Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders said; “Jason is one of the many inspirational people who work, volunteer or ride at Conquest. We are proud of everyone that comes to us and is able to benefit and develop themselves by getting involved in the many services on offer. We are delighted for Jason that he has won this award - it’s very deserved indeed!”
From everyone at Conquest, congratulations Jason!
Conquest Centre on Horse & Country TV
Earlier in the summer, we were lucky enough to take part in a short documentary for Horse and Country TV (if you can't see the little screen below, click here):
Our credentials are founded on nearly fifty years experience. We are an accredited BHS Riding Centre (Highly Commended), we also have an affiliation with Bridgwater College and we work closely with Somerset Skills & Learning Partnership and Avon and Somerset Probation Trust.