Horses for Everyone - Event Press Release
10 Adult volunteers together with equestrian coach UKCC Level 4 Gillian Elliott, and 4 members of Burnbank teenage Development Programme, helped run the evening @Burnbank Equestrian centre attended by LEAP Sports. The event ran in Festival Fortnight a June event celebrating LGBTI and diversity in sport. The open evening ran as a family taster event and was open to all. Coloured banners and sashes, together with rainbow paint on the helpers and ponies ensured the night had a colourful fun feel.
Up to 60 individuals gained experience on horse handling and grooming. Some having never been near a horse before. We provided pony rides for 15 riders, and attending the event was toddlers and grandparents alike.
The venue for the evening was Burnbank Equestrian centre, historically opened on site, by the Currie family, which was then taken over in November 2016 by passionate horse lover, Donna Hanlon Clark and family who also runs successful local estate agency Hanlon Clark Properties, and renewed the centres riding school licence with equestrian coach Gillian Elliott, (British Horse Society Accredited Coach, L4 teach, 5 SM & UKCC4).
In 18 months the coaching team has grown to dressage expert Ellie Shaw, Unicorn Pony Party planner Emma Louise Jordan and newly added popular coach Naomi Burns, with regular visiting coaches from behaviour expert Nicole Pitt UKCC2 and chief assessor and horsescotland Chairperson Patrick Print OBE FBHS. Demonstrations run throughout the year under the new riding club.
Horses for Everyone LGBTI is supported by horsescotland. The idea for “Horses for Everyone” programme has come together to bring horses to a wider community. Helping to bring riding and non ridden sessions/ therapy to a wider diverse community helped by Gillians proactive role as Equality Director and lead at horsescotland. Insuring networking access to Sport Scotland training on diversity and inclusion including Equality conferences, specialist training sessions with Active Included.
Leap Sports getting involved riding and handling: