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Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre
brings joy to many

Is a VITAL West Fife voluntary group, which allows people with physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning difficulties & youngsters on the autistic spectrum to experience the joy of riding.

Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre is based at a specially built centre nestling in protected woodland at Shiresmill, south of Blairhall.

Founded in 1984 under the name of Sandydub group, it was originally based at Shieldbank Riding Centre before moving to a field at Rhynd, by Bandrum, where it operated for six years. It celebrated its 25th birthday in 2009.

A fund-raising campaign was mounted to allow a purpose-built centre to be constructed, the resulting Shiresmill complex being opened officially in 1996 by HRH The Princess Royal.

Shiresmill now boasts an impressive large indoor arena, outdoor arena, paddocks, stable yard and block, rest room and storage building - all managed by a highly enthusiastic band of volunteers.

The helpers, of all ages, enjoy the rewarding work of looking after ten horses/ponies and assist riders of all ages to progress their skills.

Other duties carried out by the volunteers include laying out the arena for the rides, cleaning tack, helping with maintenance, gardening and fund-raising to allow the centre to function. Our monthly running costs are £1,700.

Everyone receives basic training and those who wish to further their skills can progress towards becoming RDA instructors within the group.

Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre is one of a number in Fife and comes under the umbrella of the national Riding for the Disabled Association, although it is a charity in its own right.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the RDA group - and anyone who would like to become a member should contact the Secretary, Lynda Milne on 07464 999180.
or email Secretary@rda-dunfermline.org

You can find out more information on their website at www.rda-dunfermline.org



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