A Berkshire riding stables has become the latest equestrian facility to gain accreditation with a national scheme to provide more riding opportunities for disabled people.
Cloud Stables based in Reading has successfully fulfilled the necessary criteria to become an Accessibility Mark Centre.
Established since 1972, Cloud Stables provides lessons for riders of all abilities, using their fantastic facilities that boast both an indoor and outdoor arena.
Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.
Having run an RDA group in the past, the centre wanted to change direction to offer a wider range of services to their clients.
The introduction of Accessibility Mark has allowed the centres’ BHS qualified instructors to challenge riders with less severe disabilities to realise their full potential.
Kate Matthews, Yard Manager at Cloud Stables said: “Accessibility Mark fitted perfectly with our vision for the future of our centre and it was easy to incorporate within the mainstream riding school.
“The biggest selling point of the scheme for us was the training and support from the RDA, and our staff are excited and full of enthusiasm following the session with the ASO (Accessibility Support Officer).
“Being able to tap into the knowledge and experience of the RDA has also given confidence to our instructors to bring more variety to lessons, which will undoubtedly benefit our riders".
Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.
For further information or to book a lesson please contact Cloud Stables on 0118 976 1522 or visit www.cloudstables.co.uk
There are currently 45 Accessibility Mark Approved Centres across the country.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk