Young horse lovers across Blackburn can turn their equestrian dreams into a reality as a local club is hosting a free event to encourage people to join as a member.

Blackburn and District Branch is hosting a free event on Sunday, March 12 in Preston to offer young pony lovers and equestrians the chance to experience being a member of the club for a day.

Elaine Barker, the district commissioner of the club, is eager for as many young people as possible to sign up as the cost of living crisis and the pandemic has caused the number of pony clubs across the county to decline drastically.

The British Grooms Associtation reported that over the past year, equestrian employers have experienced a fall in profits as riding schools and livery yards are facing increased costs of energy prices, fertiliser, materials, feed and bedding.

Elaine said: “I live in Darwen so I’m very passionate about the ponies and young equestrians we have in the area and I want to be able to provide education and fun things to provide these equestrians for showing season in whatever discipline they choose to complete in.

“This is the first free event we’re hosting, and we just want people to know that something like this is available to them because it doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive.

“People do need their own pony and expenses for travel but we’re an accessible and inclusive group and we try to offer a wide range of pony experiences that they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to take part in.”

Equestrians can choose from jumping, XC, dressage, stable management, pony care, mounted games and more and the club is open to people of all abilities and skills.

Elaine added: “The pony club exists to ensure children are safe around ponies and pony welfare is maintained. It’s an educational facility but it’s a lot of fun to be part of the pony club.”

The free event will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, March 12 at Fleetwood Hall Farm and Stud on Road Road in Preston.

To find out more or book your free place on any of the ridden sessions, contact Elaine Barker by calling 07939614585 or email