A horse riding day for special athletes at Darkes Forest set to continue

Riding for the stars: Alison Riepma, Karen Hedges, Keiron Tattler and Jules Read with Lilly at Darkes Forest Riding Ranch. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Riding for the stars: Alison Riepma, Karen Hedges, Keiron Tattler and Jules Read with Lilly at Darkes Forest Riding Ranch. Picture: Greg Ellis.

It was a special day at Darkes Forest on Sunday when more than 25 athletes with special needs came to try their hand at horseriding.

Darkes Forest Riding Ranch is introducing a special program in the New Year for those who love to get out in nature and improve their skills.

Jules Read runs Darkes Forest Riding Ranch and described it as a wonderful turnout on a perfect day.

The Star Program will become a regular feature and around 25 volunteers showed up on Sunday to lend a hand and help kick things off.

“Even people who have had horses here for 20 to 30 years have come to help us out,” Ms Read said.

“It has been so good.” 

The ‘Come and Try’ experience was a trial and helped gauge the level of interest in the ride days which are likely to be held on the third Sunday of every month from January.

“We had 25 participants today and they were here with their families,” Keiron Tattler said.

Karen Hedges, of Sutherland, had such a great time she didn’t want to get off Lilly and told her guide Alison Riepma she loved her so much and had such a great experience she wanted to keep her.

“It was so good I want this horse,” she said.

“I want to come back again.”

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