To create an inclusive equine environment that will allow people to achieve their personal goals.
Conquest Centre is a leading Somerset charity dedicated to providing a range of equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of abilities. We are open 6 days a week following academic term times, offering coaching for disabled and able-bodied clients. All our activities are delivered by qualified instructors with specialist expertise in working with people with disabilities, behavioural difficulties and emotional problems, and are supported by a team of specially trained volunteers.
Our core activities include riding, carriage driving, horse care, back riding and sensory work. We aim to provide either group or private sessions as appropriate.
During school holidays the Centre hosts special events that we are unable to offer at other times. These include clinics, Stable Days and training days.
The Centre was purpose built and has been modernised and improved as the charity has expanded to ensure that we provide the best facilities possible for our clients.
Conquest started its journey nearly 50 years ago in 1965 when 3 people bought 2 ponies (Adam & Eve) to offer riding sessions to the disabled residents at Sandhill Park, a residential home near Bishops Lydeard. The group went from strength to strength, quickly grew in popularity, and became an affiliated RDA Centre (Riding for the Disabled Association) in 1971. We moved to our current location (Conquest Farm) in 1995 and formed ‘Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders’ which became a Limited company in 2004. In 2015 our name became ‘Conquest Centre’.
Today Conquest Centre caters for around 180 disabled children and adults each week, as well as families/carers, students, volunteers, public riders and local clubs and associations. Our total annual footfall is 22,000. As well as individuals who access Conquest directly, our services are used by Community Payback, local authority care homes, special schools/SEN departments, Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks programme, and local disability support groups.
We know from the feedback we receive that people using our services benefit in terms of their health, well-being, learning and development.
We are working towards providing a truly unique facility to support our whole local community, offering a wide range of activities and services.