We are looking for funding to create a dedicated Activity Centre based within the grounds of Kingsmead Equestrian Centre in Warlingham, Surrey.
The equestrian centre (KEC) prides itself on diversity. We teach riding and groundwork skills and believe in bringing horses into the lives of those who would not normally have this opportunity. We hold a Riding for the Disabled Accessibility mark with a focus on working with people with social, learning and behavioural problems and offer riding and other equine related activities to ethnic minority groups. We do not restrict riders on age, ability or weight. We believe we have one of the most diverse client bases for any riding school, this is supported by our open and non-judgemental approach to learning with horses.
We could offer more to our clients if we had purpose built facilities, currently we are restricted to riding along a bridlepath or in the main arena. A centre with class room, handling enclosure and arena for practical skills would enable people who would not otherwise have access to horses to be able to get close and learn new skills whether they be personal development, a hobby or life skill that may lead to future employment. At Kingsmead we pride ourselves on our holistic approach and success in teaching about the care and welfare of horses as well as riding. We run a highly successful programme on horse awareness which includes how to approach horses and how to work with them to mutual benefit. We would love to have the facilities to offer more workshops on horse care, animal well-being or self development.
This facility would benefit current and new clients whether they are disabled, disadvantaged or otherwise unlikely to have contact with horses, by enabling us to offer many more activities including horse agility (non ridden activity with horses, which is excellent at improving fitness and confidence), horse awareness sessions (again a non ridden activity focussing on gaining a deeper understanding of the horses’ non verbal communication; this creates confidence and self-awareness) and equine assisted learning activities (to raise self awareness, social awareness and address confidence and behavioural issues) as well as riding lessons for children who would struggle in the larger open spaces. The horses would also benefit from having secure handling / viewing enclosures.
Horses, Diversity and Education are at the heart of what we offer at Kingsmead