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Young riders ‘learning key skills’ at Bramhope arena
9:32am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Children are being urged to Think Like a Pony at a new riding centre in Bramhope.
The centre, which is the first of its kind in England, is run by not-for-profit organisation Think Like a Pony and offers children the chance to learn how to communicate empathetically, safely and responsibly with a horse or pony.
Organisers say that by learning in this way, children can excel as riders as well as developing key life skills as they learn.
The community interest company, which has two centres in Scotland, now plans to open others in England.
Director Lynn Henry, author of the Think Like a Pony books, said: “When children can communicate effectively with a pony and ride in balance, they not only have fun and stay safe, but also build a bond and relationship with a pony.”
Sophie Hildreth, who teaches at the centre, on Occupation Lane, said: “Looking to the future, we plan to develop the centre’s facilities and become a flagship centre that holds exceptionally high standards of education. We are currently applying for sponsorship and funding to make this dream a reality.
“Since opening our doors to students, we have had unprecedented success at the centre.”