Chigwell Riding Trust was the first ever riding centre for people with special needs and has been established in Chigwell for over fifty years. Riding instruction is given to people of all ages and abilities. The riding centre has approximately 160 riders each week.
As one of the leading specialised riding centres in the country Chigwell Riding Trust not only benefits people with special needs but also the entire community, giving opportunities for volunteering, school participation and practical experience for children and adults working with people and animals.
Adi goes horse riding at Chigwell Riding Trust
While we are closed the care and the upkeep of the horses continues. Two of our regular volunteers, Emma Jane and Belinda have offered their fields for grazing. This is wonderful therapy for the horses, they need a change of scenery and a holiday just as much as we humans. It has also given us a chance to rest our fields which have become overgrazed over the years. It will also save Chigwell Riding Trust a fortune in hay. The upkeep of the horses and yard has to continue to ensure we are still here when the crisis is over. The only difference is that we now have no income from riding fees or fund raising events.
We would like to thank the riders who have made donations in lieu of riding fees and the very generous volunteers and supporters who have made some quite remarkable donations to the Trust in these very difficult times.
Please consider supporting us if you can.
Pictures from the lockdown period of horses and the yard just here
An eight minute video of our horse care week last Summer. There is also some video of Sophie, a Trustee of Chigwell Riding Trust and para rider, riding Madge. This was shortly after Madge arrived at Chigwell. We look forward to more times like this in the not too distant future. Our very Best Wishes to you all.
Sophie riding April at the British Dressage Winter Championships. February 2020. Sophie became a National Champion in her class.
Tommy on the left with Poppy
The wonderful opportunities that Chigwell Riding Trust can offer have only been made possible by the generosity of people such as you. Please consider a donation to enable the Trust to continue to be the wonderful place that it is. Thank you.
This website is in the very early stages. Please let me know if there is anything that does not work as you would expect. We are down the end of a long lane and I really don't know what I am doing. Thank you.