Boost for Riding for Disabled
The Wellington Riding for the Disabled Association has two new horses at its facility at Kenepuru Hospital grounds in Porirua.
The two stationbreds, Honey, an 8-year-old grey mare, and Tonka, a 5-year-old black gelding, bring the number of horses in the programme to nine.
The programme provides equine- assisted therapy to adults and children with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.
Honey was a farm and road hack, and was used for riding lessons and as a games horse.
At 15.1 hands, Honey will be the tallest horse in the Wellington Riding for the Disabled Association programme.
She is an ideal height for Riding for the Disabled purposes.
Tonka was farm trekked, road ridden, lake and beach ridden and used for general riding.
With the latest two additions, the association hopes to be able to increase the number of riders it serves and to reduce the waiting list.
Riding for the Disabled operates five days a week serving clients from Wellington and Porirua and the Kapiti Coast and is on the lookout for more volunteers.
They need to be at least 16, and able to make a regular time commitment even for as little as two hours a fortnight.
Call 237 5550 or wellingtonrda.org.nz.
Inner Wheel: Plimmerton Inner Wheel president Pauline Lowe, presenting honoured active awards to Judith McLay, left, and Jenny Harris.
New addition: Riding for Disabled horse Tonka with senior coach Laura Rutten.