South Woodham Ferrers Rotary Supports The Barrow Farm Openday
Several members of the Rotary Club enjoyed their day out at The Barrow Farm open day on Saturday 5 May2018. Many members of the public were also present to see how the staff enjoy providing opportunities for disabled young people to overcome some of their difficulties by teaching them to ride ponies and to control the pony in many ways. Those scared of heights the thought of walking over the O2 arena may be daunting but it is a different challenge if you are unable to walk unaided. this is what one of their riders, Emma, will be doing on 15th May to raise funds for Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled. Emma, who has been riding with for over 20 years, states that the reason she is raising funds for us is because ‘(Barrow Farm RDA) helped me reach my dream of competing in off-lead dressage’
Rotary President Geof and incoming President Terry were so impressed with the presentation last November to the club of the work done at the Farm, that they wanted to visit on the open day and witness the pleasure and achievement of the students for themselves.
As a result they presented a cheque for £2000 to add to the contributions to the Farm.
You can observe the joy from the staff to receive the cheque from President Geof and Vice President Terry
There is a great deal to write about Barrow Farm and the staff and the absolutely fantastic work that they do with the riders. They have been providing riding since 1976 when Anne Mitchell, the Head Coach, and her family started Barrow Farm.
Barrow Farm is a member of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS). They were also the first RDA group to obtain Clubmark accreditation. All their coaches hold RDA specific UK Coaching Certificate qualifications as well as many of them also holding BHS qualifications.