Mechanical horseriders at Shrewley

THE RIDING for Disabled group at Lowlands Farm in Shrewley are celebrating raising £17,000 in the past two months.

Veteran riding instructor Rosanne Pudden originally wanted to raise £38,000 to buy a mechanical horse as a teaching aid to those too nervous to mount a real horse, especially former soldiers who may have lost their legs as a result of explosions.

But 78-year-old ‘Ro’ has been so encouraged by the response to her appeal that she has decided to raise the appeal to £50,000 so that the group can buy an even more sophisticated moving model, so that future paralymic competitors could also learn the rudiments of dressage.

Ro said: “We have just received £5,000 from the Heart of England Community Foundation while the Rowington and Lapworth Buffaloes have installed disabled toilets at the farm as well as contributing to the appeal. We have also been advised that going for the more elaborate mechanical horse might ‘future proof’ our work here.”

For more about the appeal ring Katie Rowland on 843771.