Stable Life - Save Our School!

by Stable Life in Selkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th August 2019 we successfully raised £15,205 with 250 supporters in 28 days

We are raising money for the essential rebuild of our Indoor Riding School so we can continue to change lives.

by Stable Life in Selkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Additional funding will allow us to upgrade the surface of the Indoor Riding School once the rebuild is complete giving us a a five star plus facility!

About Us


Stable Life supports disadvantaged young people and their families who live in the Scottish Borders and who are experiencing personal challenges. Based at Dryden Farm, Ashkirk we utilise Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), where working together, using the horse and its environment, we create the opportunity for young people to discover a sense of self, build resilience and learn transferable life skills. In doing so we empower our young people to look forward to a happy and healthy future where their contributions will be valued and their dreams and aspirations achieved.



Our overarching aim is to “work together to make a difference” We offer a calm, safe and caring environment where young people feel able to engage and share. We build trusting and respectful relationships so young people are better able to reflect on their current situation and develop positive coping strategies.


The difference we make

For some extremely vulnerable young people, working with the horse is the only motivating factor in their life and therefore is the only effective vehicle on which to build a more positive future. Over the last 5 years we have engaged with over 450 young people and we can say that:



Feedback we receive also evidences the difference we can make:

"Thank you so very much, you have completely turned her around, it is fantastic the work you do."

“H has found a renewed confidence since attending Stable Life, she has thrived, her life had become so difficult with so much confusion, pain and anger, she was lost”

"Stable Life is the best thing I have ever done"

Our Problem

The delivery of our service is heavily dependent on our Indoor Riding School. The building is over 40 years old and is in need of an essential renovation.


The structure needs to be strengthened to make it wind and water tight, the roof and windows leak and urgently need to be replaced; the building is currently dark, damp and cold. We are very worried that if the building is left to deteriorate further we will not be able to support the vulnerable young people referred to us. 


Also, the charity relies on the income generated by commercial clients who use the school. Without this income the service provided by the charity will have to be reduced.

A weather tight, warm and bright indoor school will ensure a more positive experience for our young people. It will help sustain the charity and the invaluable service it provides for vulnerable young people and their families now and in the future.

You can help us

Over the last year we have set up a project group and have drawn up plans for the school and been busy fundraising. We have secured around 90% our costs and are looking to raise the final 10% required through this crowdfunder.

Your pledge will help us to do this and will allow us to commence the build in August 2019 with a completion date of around 6 weeks. Giving us a fantastic new Indoor Riding School that thousands of young people can benefit from for many years to come.


You can help make changes for other vulnerable young people by pledging to our Crowdfunder and enabling us to be able to continue to deliver our much needed services.

Thank You


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward - Signed Glasgow Warriors Rugby Shirt

A framed and signed Glasgow Warriors 2018/19 rugby shirt. Presented to Stable Life by Lee Jones.

£5 or more

9 of 100 claimed

£5 Reward - Stable Life Keyring

We have available a silver rectangular Stable Life keyring featuring a sketch by one of our talented young people.

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Bags of lovely ripe manure!

Green Fingers: A couple of bags of our lovely manure! Your garden will thank you. Please arrange collection with someone from our team.

£30 or more

£30 Reward - Added to our wall of fame

Become a Stable Life Star. Your name will be inscribed on our supporters wall of fame in our new Indoor Riding School.

£35 or more

£35 Reward - Year's sponsor of a Stable Life pony

Sponsor one of our lovely ponies for a year - includes a certificate, photograph and two visits to the yard.

£55 or more

£55 Reward - Sponsor one of our young people

Your pledge will help provide weekly tailored support at Stable Life for a young person at risk.

£200 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£200 - Board Advertising

A special one-time offer for an advertising board in our new Indoor Riding School. Board size approx. 1250 X 600mm. Cost includes board, printing and installation. Normal price for first year's advertising £250.00.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Voucher for the Greenhouse Cafe

A £10 voucher to be spent at the Greenhouse Cafe in Melrose.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward - Coffee & Cake x 2 at the Jammy Coo

Delicious home-made cake and coffee for 2 at the Jammy Coo, Lilliesleaf, Scottish Borders.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 - Love 2 Shop Voucher

£10 Love 2 S.hop Voucher can be used on many high street shops such as New Look, Argos, TK-Max, Clarks, Matalan and many more. Expiry date: 30.09.2020

£25 or more

6 of 6 claimed

£25 Reward Private Riding Lesson

One private riding lesson with our Equine Director Sam. Voucher valid for 6-months.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Voucher for Mileston Garden Centre

A fabulous £25 voucher to spend at Milestone Garden Centre, Newtown St Boswells.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward - Fish Tea x 2 Eyemouth’s Giacopazzi's

A voucher for two at Eyemouth’s award winning Fish & Chip Restaurant Giacopazzis for their Famous Fish Tea.

£40 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£40 - 4 hour Gardening Services

4 hour gardening services - anything from raking leaves to felling trees, cutting grass, strimming, weeding, cutting back hedge or just general tidy. 4 hour slot can be spread over 1-4 weeks. Very kindly donated by Hume Wood Gardens.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward - Fly Casting lesson with Andy Murray

One-hour casting lesson with the internationally acclaimed Fly Fisherman Andy Murray. Date, time and location to be arranged.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward - 1 Hour Hack for 2 Adults

1 hour hack for 2 adults across Dryden hill. Stunning views on lovely ponies.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 - was £100 - Border Boogie and Karaoke Bus Hir

On hour hire of the Border Boogie and Karaoke Bus. Bus hold 15 people. Valid till 31st October 2019.

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£50 - Physio session for Human, Equine or Canine

One physio session with Physioplus. Suitable for Human, Equine or Canine - you choose! Must be within the Scottish Borders.

£100 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£100 Reward - Children's Pony Birthday Party for 6

Children's Birthday Party for the Birthday child and 5 of their friends at Stable Life which consist of grooming, riding and games and can be tailored to the ability of the group. Every child will receive a rosette. You can bring your own food and set this up in the our beautifully equipped multi-purpose log cabin

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 - Have A Go Vaulting Session for 6 people

Have a go Vaulting session for up to 6 people with Helen Rogerson in our new Indoor Riding School. Valid for 9 months. Please note due to the size of our ponies there is a weight limit of 14 stone.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£120 - 2 Nights -Cliff Cottage, Berwick Upon Tweed

2 night Stay at Cliff Cottage on Marshall Meadows Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1UT. Cliff Cottage is a 4* self catering cottage, 1 bedroomed. Beautiful coastal cliff top walks, dogs welcome (2 large or 3 small). Confirm at time of Booking. UPGRADE extra nights @ £60 per night Welcome pack & Hamper extra cost of £20 Voucher to be used mid week only depending on Upgrade

£130 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£130 Reward - Blair Horse Trials Season Ticket X 2

Season admission to Blair Horse Trials for 2 including Season Parking. Season Admission gives you access to the event on all four competition days from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August 2019.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward - Clay Shooting Experience for 4

Enjoy a fantastic clay shooting experience for 4 with Bisley at Braidwood, Scotland's leading sporting clay ground set on a beautiful estate overlooking the Eildon Hills by Selkirk in the Scottish borders. Clays, cartridges, gun hire and safety equipment all provided. Up to 25 clays/cartridges per person. No experience needed as inclusive lesson will be provided. Voucher valid till 25/05/2020.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward - Bellhaven Brewery Tour & Meal for 12

Bellhaven Brewery Tour plus meal for 12 people at the Bellhaven Brewery, Dunbar, East Lothian. Tour lasts around 2 hours and includes sampling of beers followed by a meal in the Greene King Beer Cafe. Voucher valid till June 2020.

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