Archive for September, 2020

Goodbye and thank you Bibi

This week have have had to say goodbye to our Therapy Pony Bibi,

Our Chair Michelle Sutton,

I am very sorry to be the bearer of sad news, but today we had to say goodbye to our lovely therapy pony Bibi.

She had been lame since Wednesday and seen by the vet on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Her condition worsened over the weekend and today, sadly, she was put to sleep. At the end there really was no question about this decision and the Pony Welfare Management Team, including her sharer, Lindsey, were in complete agreement.

Bibi enjoyed a great summer here at West Fenton, with lots of hacks with Lindsey and fellow sharers and therapy ponies around the farm and down to Gullane beach.

Bibi was such a big personality at MRT and, at the grand old age of 26, there will be lots of her riders, our volunteers and our sharers who will miss her.

Kiltwalk Completed! There’s still time to donate

What a week we’ve had at MRT – our teams of Kiltwalkers hiked part of the John Muir Way for this year’s Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend, to finish their challenges at our Centre at West Fenton!

After weeks and weeks of training, including a staggering 1,046 miles of combined long Sunday training walks, our Mighty Striders and Big Strollers were delighted to finish, raising over £9,600!

There’s still time to donate here – online fundraising closes on Monday 21st September


The Team fundraising total currently stands at over £9,600 – thank you to every single person who has donated so far. The amazing thing about The Kiltwalk is that their funding partner, The Hunter Foundation, gives every fundraiser’s total an added 50% boost!  This incredibly generous event is a lifesaver for so many Scottish charities in this difficult year, and we are so grateful to everyone for their support. Your donation is directly helping us secure the future of our service.

If you’ve enjoyed following our Kiltwalkers progress on our social media, why not join in next year and be part of Team MRT 2021!


Pick Up A Picnic – September Holiday Weekend Treat!

Why not give yourself a treat and pick up a delicious picnic, filled with our legendary baking, this coming September Holiday Weekend?

Whatever the weather brings, enjoy a hassle-free picnic specially boxed up for you to take to the park, the beach, the garden, or indoors!
Indulge yourself, share a treat with a friend, or have a family feast. And with 100% of the income from this one-off fundraiser going directly to support Muirfield Riding Therapy during the coronavirus pandemic you know you’re doing something good too.
phone 07798 763400
£10 per person
Each box, per person, contains –
A round of sandwiches – mixed selection (Vegetarian option available)
2 mini sausage rolls
1 scone (with butter, jam, and cream)
1 cupcake
2 traybakes
Important Dietary and Allergen information –
* Please note, we’re working with a small team and are unable to accommodate any changes or dietary requests.
* Each picnic includes Gluten, Egg, Dairy and Soya
* May contain trace amounts of nuts or peanuts

Between 11am – 1pm, The Mallard Hotel, East Links Road, Gullane. Social distancing measures will be in place.
Takeaway drinks also for sale on the day – tea,coffee,soft drinks £1. (Buy one of our final few limited edition reusable cups for £9, and we’ll give you a drink for free!)
Extra baking for sale on the day – there may also be some extra items of our legendary baking for sale on the day…!

The Virtual Kiltwalk Big Weekend!

The Kiltwalk has gone virtual for 2020, and we kicked off our Team MRT Virtual Kiltwalk Week in style on Monday 9th September, with our four Mighty Striders completing their 24 mile challenge!  This weekend, even more Team MRT Kiltwalkers are joining in.  In small, COVID-19 compliant teams, twelve Big Strollers are taking on the 15 mile challenge and are already smashing our fundraising goal!

Donate here 
Follow our Kiltwalkers’ progress on our Facebook and Instagram

Our Services Coordinator Susan, her husband Cameron, our Office Manager Shirley and our Fundraising Manager Debs were delighted to complete their 24 mile hike of the John Muir Way. They walked from Dunbar to our Centre here at West Fenton, getting our fundraising going with a bang!  With over £7,500 raised, and The Kiltwalk’s funding partner, The Hunter Foundation, continuing to commit their wonderful 50% bonus for all Kiltwalkers, this is a very welcome event at this difficult time for fundraising.
(L-R Debs, Susan, Cameron and Shirely)

On Saturday 12 September

Look out for our Volunteer Christine and husband Ken taking on their 15 mile Big Stroll, walking a circular route from Gullane, to Aberlady then back round the coast to North Berwick before heading home to Gullane again.  Look out for them in their green Muirfield Riding Therapy t-shirts! Give them a wave if you spot them en route!

On Sunday 13 September

Good luck to our current Chairperson Michelle, and volunteers Alison, Daryl, Kathryn, Glynis, Helen and Louise who will be walking the John Muir Way from East Linton, to North Berwick and from there following to coast to finish at our Centre at West Fenton!  Joining in from North Berwick Law will be our Founder Gill and her sister Pauline, who will pick up volunteer Nicky at Archerfield to also finish at West Fenton!
Although you can’t offer our Kiltwalkers encouragement in person due to COVID-19 restrictions,  you can support them by sending a virtual wave on our social media, and by donating and helping secure the future of our service
(L-R top row: Louise, Christine & Ken, Glynis. Middle row: Gill, Alison, Michelle. Bottom row: Helen, Kathryn, Daryl, Pauline, Nicky)
The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of our service and cancellation of our fundraising events back in March. But we have worked hard to adapt safely so that, for now, we are able to offer therapy to some riders once again, which is great.
We are fully self-funded, so this event is particularly special as the Kiltwalk’s funding partner, the Hunter Foundation, tops up every fundraiser’s total with an additional minimum of 50%!
Donate here 
Follow our Kiltwalkers’ progress on our Facebook and Instagram

Thank you