New car­riage is fan­tas­tic for dis­abled par­tic­i­pants

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CAR­RIAGE-DRIV­ING group for dis­abled par­tic­i­pants has bought a new car­riage with a grant made pos­si­ble thanks to play­ers of People’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Argyll RDA Car­riage Driv­ing group, part of Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion, pur­chased the light­weight Fenix Free­dom car­riage to im­prove the over­all experience for its driv­ers, vol­un­teer helpers and ponies.

Argyll RDA Car­riage Driv­ing group is based near Ben­der­loch. With its two ponies, Red and Dixie, the group pro­vides ac­cess to the great out­doors – coun­try lanes, quiet tracks and a beau­ti­ful beach – to around 15 dis­abled adults and young people in the lo­cal area. Par­tic­i­pants also learn the skill of car­riage driv­ing, en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions at re­gional and na­tional lev­els. The im­pact of the new car­riage has been fan­tas­tic,’ said the group’s co-or­di­na­tor, Jane Isaac.

‘Our driv­ers find it much more ma­noeu­ver­able, which re­ally helps them to de­velop their skills, and the ponies ben­e­fit from the lighter weight. We are so grate­ful to play­ers of People’s Post­code Lot­tery.

‘Im­por­tantly, when we at­tend a com­pe­ti­tion, this car­riage is very sim­i­lar to main­stream car­riages, mean­ing the stigma of the old-fash­ioned car­riages de­signed to dis­guise wheel­chairs is elim­i­nated – we em­brace our lim­i­ta­tions and love to par­tic­i­pate.’

The project has been so suc­cess­ful it has spurred the group to ex­pand and fundraise for a sec­ond car­riage so that even more people can ben­e­fit.

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