A family-run riding school nestled deep within the Lincolnshire Wolds near Spilsby has been awarded Pony Club Centre affiliation.
Hundleby Equestrian Centre opened as a riding school in 2012 and what started out as a small business venture soon saw the yard become busy, with requests to look at offering Pony Club opportunities.
Owner Sian Lovatt said: “When parents began asking me for a pony club and opportunities for their children to work towards certificates I decided to look at becoming affiliated to the Pony Club. As a child I was a keen Pony Club member and knew what advantages it would give the children, especially those wanting to develop a career in instructing or other equestrian disciplines.”
Introduced in 1998, the Pony Cub’s Centre Membership scheme is a way for those without their own horse or pony to broaden their knowledge of riding and horse and pony care and still be able to take part in all Pony Club activities.
Membership is open to anyone from the age of four up to 25 years of age.
Sian said: “All of our clients were very keen to join and some of them have already put their names down for various competitions we are holding.
“We held our first rally for the over 11s on February 23 and I have already received numerous messages on how much fun it was. We are hoping to kick start our affiliation by holding a variety of fundraises to raise money for Sport Relief and a new Pony Club jump for our centre. The children are really looking forward to helping where they can.”
Hundleby Equestrian Centre also wants to encourage disadvantaged families in the local area to join and are currently offering half-price rallies to all those who felt money was the only barrier to stopping them from joining for the foreseeable future.
Sian added: “We didn’t feel it was fair to single out those who wanted to join but felt affording it was the only barrier. We live in such a rural area that getting to and from venues around here can be a problem and expensive, so we thought by offering cheaper rallies, it would encourage more people to join.”
The over 11s are currently working on their grooming and mucking out badges and the under 11s mucking out.
The centre is also holding a fundraising general knowledge quiz on March 29 at the local pub in Hagworthingham. Entry is £12 per team and should ideally consist of two adults and two children.
Those wanting more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07584047340.