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Highland-based horse charity receives funding from Scotmid to help build a riding centre for disabled people

By Imogen James

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A BID to create a new riding centre for the disabled in the Highlands has been given a significant boost.

Highland Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a charity that provides horse riding lessons to people of all ages with disabilities.

The Scotmid community fund has provided them with a vital funding boost to create their first centre.

The charity is currently creating a new centre in Reelig, seven miles from Inverness. The development will be the first independent RDA therapy centre for the Highlands.

Scotmid’s community connect scheme short-listed the RDA who applied to the scheme in April this year. On the final award night, the RDA received £5000.

The group's chairman Robin Pape thanked Scotmid for the award and the funding towards stabling for the RDA horses.

The charity aims to create a community hub, where participants of all abilities can enrich their lives through contact with horses and learn in a safe and controlled environment.

They are building an outdoor arena which is near completion.The next phase will be working on the facilities including a cafe, reception, education room and stables. These will help to encourage independence and equine therapy off the horse, as students can help with horse care.

The project is large in scale, therefore the group is constantly fundraising and encouraging donations. If you are interested in helping out, you can find out more on their website.

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