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Horse riding instructor in bid to help disabled riders in Hyndburn
A HORSE riding instructor has appealed for help in giving disabled locals in Hyndburn a place to ride.
Jody O’Brien opened her own riding school in Rishton Road, Clayton-le-Moors last month after nearly two decades of teaching freelance and is hoping to receive the backing of the community so she can provide a safe arena for disabled riders.
The 37-year-old said: “The group I have taught horse riding to for over a decade has recently had to partially disband and they have nowhere safe to ride.
“I would love to help these people out and give them back their horse riding.
“I have the horses, a strong team of volunteers, the qualifications, experience and desire.
“We are determined. What we want and need is an arena.”
An arena is needed because it is not safe for disabled people to ride on the roads, Jody said.
Ground at the school’s site will be dug out and a softer, safer surface will be laid to stop falling riders from hurting themselves.
A mounting block would also be installed to allow wheelchair-bound riders to mount a horse.
But the project requires funding of £10,000.
Jody said: “Having an arena will be a great asset to everybody. My riders won’t have to ride on the roads, my disabled riders will be able to ride again.
“Horse riding is absolutely beneficial for disabled people. It works out their muscles and horses are amazing healers mentally too.”
Jody has had numerous enquiries already and is working with the Riding for the Disabled Association to help her ‘perform this miracle’ she said.
She added: “I have a wonderful rapport with all my riders. I have helped disabled riders all my life because I’m really good at it.”
Jody can be contacted by calling 07716 655701.
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