The Ebony Horse Clubs Gets Set to Change Lives
The club was set up to improve the lives of the disadvantaged children growing up in South London by providing horse riding lessons and now has planning permission to build a riding centre in Wyck Gardens on the Loughborough Estate in Brixton.
The proposed riding centre will include 11 horses, a stable yard, a turn out paddock, a floodlit arena, storage for bedding, feed and equipment, a tack room, classroom and offices. The club says the new premises will enable them to offer 1600 riding lessons each week instead of only 45 per fortnight which is what they offer at present.
The club uses horses to teach five key social skills – punctuality, regular attendance, commitment to improvement, team work and exam preparation.
Its president, the Duchess of Cornwall, met members this week at an open day held as part of fundraising efforts. The Duchess, who is a patron of the British Equestrian Federation has already committed £200,000 of finance secured through Sport England, to the project which will cost £1.7 million in total.
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