Please help us keep The Pony Academy afloat!

by The Pony Academy UK in Ockham, England, United Kingdom

Please help us keep The Pony Academy afloat!

Total raised £2,153

raised so far

32

supporters

We are determined to stay afloat until we can start sharing Pony Fun again when the world re-opens. Can you please help us in the meantime?

by The Pony Academy UK in Ockham, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 15th May 2020 we'd raised £2,113 with 31 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

When our initial target of £1750 is reached and we are able to go to the stretch target, we will be able to fund the second month of being closed down.  

If we are in the very fortunate position of being able to open to business again before the end of June, we will use the extra money to catch up with the rent and insurance fees that were not paid in March.


The Ponies of The Pony Academy have been sharing happiness and joy with children aged 4 to 11 since 2008.  We are a small riding school in Surrey that focuses on creating an environment where the children feel empowered.  A place where they can develop self belief, confidence, compassion for the ponies, empathy.... and they learn how to ride too!

We decided to close our gates on March 20th, as soon as we heard schools had closed.  It was a hard, sad decision.  It was a week or two earlier than we would have been instructed to by the government... but we felt it was the responsible thing to do at that time.  

Since then we have had no income other than 4 payments by some of our regular riders at the beginning of April - we are so grateful to them!  We are also in debt to the riders that had paid for lessons but didn't receive them - we will make up for those as soon as we can!

Our most immediate need is help to feed the ponies and we would also like to be able to pay our rent - our landlord has been very understanding but depends on that income, too.... it is a never ending chain. 

Our little reserve "for a rainy day" will run out at the end of April.  We just had a lot of "rainy days" during the winter so it was time to plump the reserves!  We are in desperate need of help to survive the month of May and perhaps June when we are trusting we will be able to start up again.

How you could help?

Maybe you would like to buy some Pony Experience Vouchers as birthday presents and Christmas Presents for the little ones in your circle? 

Or maybe you would like to pre-purchase some Summer Pony Fun? Or some Pony Party Fun?

We will also be pre-selling our Introduction to Ponies Course to be run in September 2020.

Or perhaps you would just like to help us out just because!

We do not need much.... £1750 a month will cover the basic costs of "being closed" (feed, rent, insurance and gasoline to go and check on the ponies every day).  This does not include any veterinary treatment!  So fingers crossed we won't be needing any of that.  Fortunately the ponies had all be wormed and had their feet and teeth checked just before this all happened... so we are healthy and ready to go as soon as it is safe to do so!

The Ponies, Anita and I thank you from the bottom of our heart in advance for any help you might be able to give us.

Sending you a big hug ... hoping that you and your loved ones are well.

Thank you again.

PS:  The "estimated fulfillment date" is very estimated!  As soon as we are allowed to operate again we will be able to book your different experiences in.  We look forward to welcoming you at the field very soon.

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Pony Sponsorship

Your sponsorship will pay for hay and feed for one of the ponies for 5 days. Thank you so much! If you send us your address we would be delighted to send you a postcard with the photo of your sponsored pony.

£28 or more

A Private Pony Experience (4 to 7 y.o.) Vouchers

The Perfect Gift Vouchers for the younger ones in your family and circle of friends. A great gift for birthday.... and dare we mention Christmas! Come and meet the ponies - you will go and fetch your pony in the field, give it a brush and get it ready to go for a ride! Upon returning, you will give the pony a treat. If your child is celebrating their birthday (please let us beforehand) we will make sure we have a special rossette to hand!

£50 or more

Semi Private Pony Experience for Two (4 to 7 y.o.)

Bring a Friend to meet the Ponies! The Perfect Gift Vouchers for the younger ones in your family and circle of friends. A great gift for birthday.... and dare we mention Christmas! Come and meet the ponies - you will go and fetch your pony in the field, give it a brush and get it ready to go for a ride! Upon returning, you will give the pony a treat. Normal Price: £60

£147 or more

3 Days of Pony Fun during the Summer (7+)

Our Pony Camp Days during summer holidays are a real winner. We are making a few places available in the crowdfunder effort to help us get through this sticky patch. 3 Days of Non Stop Pony Fun! Please visit our website www.theponyacademy.co.uk for more details. Normal price: £60 a day or £165 for 3 days

£165 or more

Introduction to Ponies Course (7+)

For our brand new customers! A six week course that will give your child the basis they need to join our group lessons. Each lesson lasts 90 minutes. We teach compassionate and considerate horsemanship to the children in a safe, positive environment. Please visit our website for more details. www.theponyacademy.co.uk Normal Price: 240

£200 or more

Private Pony Hack for 6 Children (7-11y.o.)

Could be a great "World Re-Opening" Celebration! Bring your child and 5 of their friends for a Private Pony Hack! No experience necessary. Children will help fetch the ponies in the field, give them a brush and get them ready before setting off on our neighboring bridleways. 2 hour experience. Normal Price: £240

£240 or more

Pony Party in the Paddock (6+)

Do you have a special celebration coming up? Let us organize a Pony Party for your child (6+)! Up to 8 children. Pony Time is 90 minutes. Your child and their friends will help us brush and get the ponies ready before going of a walk around the field. After that we will have to Gymkhana Fun (relay races on Ponies). No experience necessary! For more information, please visit our website: www.theponyacademy.co.uk Normal Price: £280

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