PARTY HORSE­PLAY: Hun­dreds sad­dle up for pad­dock fun

Fam­ily day out co­in­cides with open­ing of arena

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 700 peo­ple en­joyed a great fam­ily day out at Moor­wards Farm Party in the Pad­dock.

Moor­wards Farm Eques­trian Coach­ing Fa­cil­ity, in Iver Heath, held its third sum­mer event, on Sun­day July 10, to cel­e­brate the open­ing of their ded­i­cated Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Mark arena, in part­ner­ship with Rid­ing for the Dis­abled (RDA), and Hoof, the Bri­tish Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion’s (BEF) par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gramme.

The arena will be of real ben­e­fit for those with spe­cial needs, al­low­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in equine re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Naomi Isa­iah and Amy Cald­well helped cut the rib­bon and launch the event.

Among the en­ter­tain­ment for vis­i­tors were craft and food stalls, a bouncy cas­tle and chil­dren’s rides.

Buck­ing­hamshire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice, Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Dog Agility Cip­pen­ham Dog Train­ing Club were also rep­re­sented at the event.

Kevin Munn’s 10 ton steam roller, built in 1926, was steam­ing along and also pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors was Pinoc­chio the horse, fea­tured in Cin­derella.

Stunt per­former Steve Dent and his horses are trained to per­form stunt work and have fea­tured in films such as The Hunts­man, Cin­derella and War Horse.

The In­door Rid­ing Are­nas of­fered pony rides, while spe­cial guest Alex Ut­t­ley from ac­ro­batic gym­nast group Spel­bound win­ners of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent 2010 co­or­di­nated a stun­ning demon­stra­tion with young gym­nasts from Lon­don Bor­ough of Hillingdon Gym­nas­tics Club.

Kelly Fox and her four TJG1ST legged team pro­vided an in­sight into the world of minia­ture horses and there were demon­stra­tions from Moor­wards Farm Young Eques­tri­ans, lo­cal com­mu­nity groups, as well as live mu­sic from lo­cal bands.

Jodie Maile, yard man­ager at Moor­wards Farm Eques­trian Coach­ing Fa­cil­ity, said: “We are proud to be an Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Mark cen­tre and sup­port RDA in their aim to en­sure any­one with spe­cial needs get the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with horses.”

Moor­wards Farm Eques­trian Coach­ing Fa­cil­ity also has a café and com­fort­able train­ing lounges, pro­vid­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity with a place to so­cialise, hold meetings, start horse rid­ing or con­tinue to de­velop their skills and have fun. HORSING AROUND:

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Vis­i­tors to Pad­dock in the Park get to meet the horses close up

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