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Friday, 20 October 2017

Aberdeen Riding Club has received a cash boost enabling it to provide 25 free riding lessons and 23 stable management sessions as part of a new Changing Lives Through Horses initiative.

The organisation is one of 11 local groups to share a slice of CALA Homes’ £10,000 community bursary.

The club, based at Nether Anguston Farm, Peterculter, is the approved Scottish centre providing free and subsidised lessons for youngsters aged between 14 and 16 years-old as part of the Changing Lives Through Horses scheme, which was developed by The British Horse Society.

 The aim of the lessons is to help individuals who are under-achieving in their education by teaching them new skills and boosting their confidence.

 Sally McCarthy, Director at Aberdeen Riding Club, said: “We anticipate that referrals for free lessons via the Changing Lives Through Horses initiative will continue to increase.

“CALA’s donation is helping us to continue to offer this opportunity to local youngsters, covering the cost of 25 riding lessons and 23 stable management lessons.”

 Ross Maclennan, Area Land Director for CALA Homes (North), said: “I visited Aberdeen Riding Club to learn more about its free lessons and meet staff as well as a few of its horses.

 “I also had the opportunity to chat with some of the youngsters who benefit from the scheme and it was fantastic to see how much enjoyment they get from the lessons.”

 Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Seaton Community Church, Pitscurry Day Service, SensationALL, Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), Sunrise Partnership, GCRA, Alzheimer Scotland, CHAS, and Aberdeen Science Centre.