Spooky rid­ers get prizes from mayor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

THERE was a spooky feel to Mon­day evening’s prize-giv­ing at Ash­ford Val­ley Rid­ing for the Dis­abled at Great Chart.

Ash­ford mayor Cllr John Link was on hand to judge the best cos­tumes, which in­cluded wizards and skele­tons.

He also handed out prizes to Jonathan Bur­rows from the Leo Trust in Wood­church for rider of the year and Jen­nifer Mor­gan of Pluck­ley for most im­proved rider.

Chair­man He­len West said: “It was a very good evening. We also held gymkhana games. We have been go­ing for 35 years and we of­fer dis­abled peo­ple the chance to gain con­fi­dence and self-es­teem through links with horses.

“It is amaz­ing to see. Once they get on a horse they are on a par with an able-bod­ied per­son.”

The Ash­ford branch re­cently raised enough money to send 49 rid­ers and their helpers to the Christ­mas show at Olympia.

The branch has now fin­ished its sea­son for 2008 and will restart in March.

Any­one want­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Brenda Har­ri­son on 01233 850423.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1502169

Hal­loween rid­ers Kerry Rel­ton, Suzanne Mills and Sheila God­dard with mayor Cllr John Link

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