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Cancer Research UK Ride4Research a great success

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Ride4Research event of February 5. We raised £154.77  from the entry donations/cake sales/unity bands etc . Widbrook's Emma Hu;bert-Brown said: "What a great result. Let's see if we can't raise a little bit more next time. I have taken this idea from another centre so next time there will be a fee of £1 in the charity box for every test that is called.
"Please do purchase some of David Betteridge's lovely photographs of yourself with your horse/pony - depending upon the number of sales he will also be putting apercentage donation to Cancer Research as well - so the more you buy the more Cancer Research UK will benefit .
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Charities benefit from equestrian fundraiser

An eight year old girl from Bradford-on-Avon who suffers from cystic fibrosis has been chosen to hand over a cheque to the charity which helps and supports fellow suffers across the UK from money raised at an open day at Widbrook Equestrian Centre.

Izzy Hulbert-Brown, a pupil at The Mead Primary School, Wingfield and whose family own and run Widbrook, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was four. She was presented with £750 which she will pass on to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Izzys mum Emma, who works at the riding school alongside manager Karen Griggs, said her daughter was thrilled to be involved.

"I'm really proud of Izzy, said Emma, whose daughter was among those who took part in the open day with fellow members of the Pony Club, performing a drill ride.

The money was half the amount raised at the riding schools open day, with the other half being presented to the Saxon Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association whose members ride at Widbrook.

Jo Rutherford chairman of the Saxon group said she was delighted with the funds which would contribute to the purchase of a horse trailer.

"A trailer is a big expense for a small group like ours so we're thrilled and very grateful. Having a trailer is a huge benefit as it means our members can travel to shows, competitions and have days out without having to hire transport.

"We regularly qualify for the national championships which are in July and it is really exciting to be able to travel to the event with our own trailer."

RDAs ponies, Caellyn, Jacko and Garfield all live at Widbrook Equestrian Centre.

Thank you to everyone

Our Open Day was a huge success, the weather was kind to us and the horses and ponies behaved impeccably. Thank you to everyone who played a part, large or small, and well done to those who performed so brilliantly on the day. A huge thank you to all those who visited us and generously supported our charities The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Saxon RDA Group. So far we have raised almost £1,400 and there are still a few donations to come.

We're gearing up for our Open Day

We have a full programme starting from 11am with the fantastic Dreamhorse trick riding group putting on an awesome display at 1.30pm. Not to be missed! Free entry.

Chesney and Garfield in charity fundraiser

Two ponies at Widbrook Equestrian Centre have helped raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Chesney and Garfield, owned by the Saxon Group of the Riding for the Disabled, which meets at Widbrook, took part in a triathlon to raise the cash. RDA instructors Jo Rutherford and Kady Chatman teach disabled riders at Widbrook and took on the challenge with Jo's daugther Holly.

Their triathlon included a 30-mile cycle, a 10-mile horse ride and a 10-mile run.

Karen Griggs, manager at Widbrook said it was a tremedous effort by all, humans and horses. "Many of our clients ride Chesney and Garfield during the week when they're not being used by the RDA and everyone will be delighted with their efforts. They are much loved ponies and it's great to see them making headlines."

See the story and photo on the Wiltshire Times website, click here

Congratulations to Widbrook representatives at Fairfield Farm College Show

There were rosettes for everyone including staff Kirsty, Emma and Laura as well as livery owner Alice, weekend helper Beth and not forgetting Emma’s daughter Izzy.

There were successes in clear round jumping, show jumping, handy pony and veteran classes.

Pictured on the home page are Kirsty on Millie, Beth on Mack, Laura on Rosie, Izzy on Jack and Emma on Weed. Not in the picture are Alice and her mare Kerry who won the veteran class. They made it through to the championship along with Izzy and Jack who came sixth. Alice and Kerry were placed third.

A fantastic day was had by all and as well as some serious jumping there was fun too with Laura trying her hand in the handy pony class. All went well until Rosie decided she wasn’t going to be re-mounted at one stage of the course leaving Laura no option but to take a short leap from the mounting block.  They still got a rosette though.

High praise from British Horse Society

Widbrook Equestrian Centre has been awarded an Outstanding High Performance certificate by the British Horse Society.

This is the first time the riding centre has been presented with the commendation following an annual BHS inspection.

Widbrook manager Karen Griggs said: “We were all absolutely thrilled to get this, it was such a surprise.

“Normally after our annual inspection we are informed that we have passed but when the certificate came in the post we were over the moon.

“It’s a big thank you to everyone who works so hard here keeping our horses and the facilities in first class condition. Their hard work has led to the award and it’s thanks also to our inspector who nominated us.”

Widbrook is putting on a series of summer activities for children and adults during the summer holidays including pony days and jumping competitions starting on August 6.

The centre is also running a four-day non-residential pony camp starting August 13.

New boys and girls

Come along and meet our new arrivals. Dolly, Pablo and Coco (she's the one having her feet trimmed). Dolly is the biggest of the three. Pablo and Coco arrived together making a striking pair.

Dolly and Coco are both very well natured mares of similar ages. They are both well established in their paces and enjoy their jumping. They also love a cuddle...if you have time!

Pablo is the younger of them all, so is at the start of his education, but is a nice forward going pony who is demonstrating a willingness to learn and proving very easy to do.


Widbrook Clothing

A great selection of clothing from T-shirts to jackets is available to order for adults and children.  Lovely colours and a range of sizes. Please call Karen to order on 01225 862608.

T-shirts

Size: Age 5/6  (26)  /Age 7/8  (28)   /Age 9/11  (30)  /Age 12/13 (32)……………..................................... £8.75
Colours:
Black/White/Light Pink /Purple/Navy Blue/Royal Blue/Sky Blue/Turquoise/Bottle Green/ Emerald Green /Sunflower Yellow/Red Size

Rugby shirts

Size
Age 9/10  (30)  /Age  11/12 (32)    ………………………………………………............... £27.95
S (34/36)  / M (37/39)   / L (40/42) ……………………………………...………...................................£35.00
XL (43/45) ………………………………………………………………………………............................£38.00
Colours:
Black/Fuchsia/Navy/Bottle/Red


Blouson Jackets

Size: Age 9/10/Height 140cms / Age 11/12/Height 152cms / Chest 32/Height 158cms ……....................£40.50
Chest 34/ Height 164cms…............................................................................................................£49.95
XS  (35/36)  /  S (37/38)  M (39/40)  /  L (41/42) ………………………….....………...........................£49.95
Colours: Black/grey lining   Navy/navy lining   Royal/navy lining   Bottle/bottle lining   Red/navy lining

Poloshirts

Sizes:
Age 9/11 (32) Age 12/13 (34)   S 35/37  M 38/40  L  41/43............................................................ £18.95
XL 44/46 ……...................................................................................................................................£20.95
Colours:
Black/Purple/Fuchsia/Baby Pink/Red/Bottle/Sky/Navy

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BHSApproval

Widbrook Equestrian Centre’s riding school has once again been British Horse Society Approved following an annual inspection, receiving a highly commended in six areas, including the riding school, and commended in four. Its livery facilities have also been given BHS approval.

Riders at Widbrook will soon be able to enjoy tackling a greater range of British Standard show jumps as the centre adds to its facilities for riders of all ages and abilities.

The riding school already has a selection of jumps suitable for those learning the discipline and more challenging and varied jumps will arrive at the school in spring to give riders the chance to improve their skills.

A new lecture area is also being made available in which youngsters attending the centre’s pony days can eat their lunch and chat to each other about their favourite pony.

Pony days are open to Pony Club members and non-members and provide a chance for children to ‘own’ a pony for a day and learn about grooming, stable management and tack as well as riding. The centre also runs birthday parties where groups of children can enjoy gymkhana games.

Karen Griggs, Widbrook manager, said: “Up to now children attending all-day events have had to share the staff room so it will be great for them to have their own space where they can get to know each other and talk about their experiences.

“At other times the area will be used for talks and displays.”

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This month we have awarded Certificates of Achievement for Outstanding Effort to regular clients Rebecca Kerr, Rebecca Bleakley, Laura McNally, Lauren Passmore, Joshua Pickford and Darcey Wieland for their continued efforts.

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