Riding group celebrates 30 years in the saddle in Chichester

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THE Kingley Vale group of Riding for the Disabled has celebrated 30 years of teaching horse riding to pupils at St Anthony’s Special School in Chichester.

The group was started in 1981 by Anna Mallam, Jeanette Crane, Fiona Lunch and their friends, encouraged by the school’s then headteacher, Monica Edwards.

They now teach all the junior pupils on a rota basis, using this to support the national curriculum which often forms the basis of literacy and numeracy class work.

Pat John generously lets the group use her indoor riding school and fields in East Ashling, giving the group a safe place to teach and ride.

She also lets them use some of her ponies; other ponies are loaned and sponsored by friends.

“We all gain great pleasure in watching the youngsters increase their confidence, balance, coordination and enjoyment,” said Jeanette and Anna, who thanked their ‘wonderful team of helpers’ for all their support.