Muirfield Riding Therapy will be 30 years old in 2019 and we are looking for support to help us mark the occasion throughout the coming year. We launched our celebrations at the Musselburgh Race Course Caledonian Cup Meeting on 15th September. The special raceday was in support of MRT with six of the races at the meeting named after MRT to heighten awareness of the work we do – spot our new anniversary logo at the racecourse finish line! Thanks to a wonderfully generous donation, and our fabulous volunteer collectors, the raceday raised a magnificent £11,000.
As a fully self-funded charity, we started life back in 1989 in a muddy field with borrowed ponies. We’ve come a long way since then, thanks to wonderful support from the East Lothian community. We now provide our pioneering therapy, free of charge, to around 120 children and adults each week, are supported by 250 volunteers, and need to raise around £100,000 a year to maintain our therapy services.
Our riders have a wide range of disabilities and life affecting conditions both physical and mental, and our volunteer-led organisation is supported by specialist physiotherapists and its 12 trained therapy ponies.
Muirfield Riding Therapy chair, Michelle Sutton, said:
“We are indebted for this wonderful gesture which has meant we started our 30thyear at a gallop. It costs an average of £3000 a year to maintain one of our ponies and we rely on corporate sponsorship and the efforts of many generous individuals to continue our work in East Lothian and beyond.
“The donation was most welcome and the high-profile awareness it afforded us at the Caledonian Cup Raceday is invaluable and helps greatly in explaining what we do and highlighting how people benefit from therapeutic riding.”
Musselburgh Racecourse senior operations and commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said:
“We have a long-standing relationship with Muirfield Riding Therapy which was one of our nominated charities some years ago. The work they do is of great value to many people and their families and we are delighted to be able to support this well-loved local equestrian related charity.”
We’d like to mark our special year in some way. If you have been involved with MRT at anytime in our 30 year history and would like to share a story or two, or if you are interested in helping us come up with ideas and making them happen, then please get in touch.