Spooky riders get prizes from mayor
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.
Halloween riders Kerry Relton, Suzanne Mills and Sheila Goddard with mayor Cllr John Link