Boost for Rid­ing for Dis­abled

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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.

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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.

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