Archive for January, 2021

Come ‘Round the World in 90 days’ with us!

We are delighted that the crew at The Kiltwalk have launched Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk for 2021 – we had loads of fun last year!  The theme this year is ‘walk, run, or just have fun’, and so we have decided to do just that.  Read on to find out about our Team MRT challenge and join us as we aim to go ‘Round the World in 90 Days!’


Donate here to our challenge

Sign up here anytime until 25th April!  Choose ‘Muirfield Riding Therapy’ as your charity 

Join our Facebook Group for Team MRT banter and updates


Team MRT’s ‘Round the world in 90 days challenge’

As our ‘Virtual Kiltwalk’ challenge this year, we have decided we’d like Team MRT to take on a special challenge and see how far we can get by the end of the Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend on 25th April.

Click here to watch our video.  We would like our Team MRT Kiltwalkers to help us get ‘Round the World in 90 Days’ !

Whether you’re walking, running, cycling, pushing, swimming – choose a destination to aim for and go for it!

Join in and start logging your miles, anytime between 25th January – 25th April!

This event means such a lot to us. Not only will Kiltwalk’s Sir Tom Hunter top up everyone’s fundraising by a huge 50%, but it’s giving us something to do ‘virtually’ together, to keep healthy and see us through lockdown.


  • Get your friends and family involved!
  • Join in the banter, get fit, get healthy, have fun
  • Build up the miles – walk, run, ride, cycle, push, swim – and let’s see how far we can get by 25th April
  • Fundraising totaliser – no minimum amount to raise, whatever amount you can raise will be added to our Team Total!


How do I register ?

  1. Click here to sign up to Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk, the link will automatically add you to Team MRT!  ‘Team MRT – Muirfield Riding Therapy’
  2. Please now click here to email us to let us know your postal address so we can send you your free bandana!
  3. Join our Team MRT Facebook Group for chat/updates
  4. Start logging your miles on your fundraising page and help us get ‘Round the World in 90 Days’! – you can add miles in manually, or, if you use fitness app Strava, you can synch to your Strava account and upload to your page – here’s a simple guide to synching Strava 
  5. Tag us on social media – share your fundraising Challenge page with your friends and family! Our hashtag – #KiltwalkRoundTheWorld Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube


Virtual Kiltwalk 2020

Burns’ Night fun – ‘tails’ of Tam and his horse Meg

As it’s Burn’s Night tonight, celebrating Scottish poet Rabbie (Robert) Burns, we thought we’d have a bit of fun. One of Burns’ most famous poems is Tam o’ Shanter, published in 1791. Tam is a farmer, from Ayr on the West coast of Scotland, who has a grey mare called Meg – a suitable theme for us!  Read on…


Tam likes going to the nearby town pub to get drunk with his friends, which upsets his wife waiting at home. The poem tells the story of a typical late night of drinking after market day at the town. As Tam rides Meg home, he is distracted by the sight of witches and warlocks dancing in the town’s haunted churchyard! He calls out to one, and they chase Tam and Meg in a fury. Tam rushes to reach the bridge over the River Doon (Brig o’ Doon) as he knows witches and warlocks won’t cross running water;


‘Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg, And win the key-stane o’ the brig;


They make it *almost* in one piece, but at the last second poor Meg loses her tail! 


Read the full poem by clicking here

See famous paintings of Meg and Tam o’ Shanter, by Scottish artist Alexander Goudie, click here


More ‘tails’ – Muirfield Riding Therapy pony tails!

Thankfully all our ponies’ tails are in tact!  But can you guess which tails in the image above belong to which of our ponies?  If you need a bit of help, take a look at the videos of our ponies on our YouTube Channel or find out more information about our ponies here , then, just for fun, head over to our Facebook page and add your guesses in the comments. We’ll confirm the right answers at the end of the day.


Lockdown 2021 and life at MRT

Due to the current lockdown, our riding therapy service is closed for now, in line with Scottish Government and RDA National guidelines, to keep all of our riders, families, volunteers and supporters safe.  Our usual winter fundraising events are cancelled.  

However, we’re looking forward to when we can open again, and in the meantime we’re planning some alternative fundraising events we hope you’ll enjoy! By supporting our events you are securing the future of Muirfield Riding Therapy.  We are fully self-funded, and volunteer-led, and our pioneering service is free, to ensure as many people can access it as possible. Thank you for your support.


Brand New Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend – Team MRT Challenge 2021

With the excesses of the festive season over, and lockdown continuing for a wee while longer, we have the perfect way to help everyone keep healthy over the coming months!  The Kiltwalk crew have announced a brand new Virtual Weekend, 23-25th April!

We can create any challenge we want for our Team, and we want you to join Team MRT’s ‘Round The World Challenge’ – whether you’re cycling, pushing, wheeling, walking, running, riding, swimming, rowing, hopping, skipping, jumping – add your mileage to our totaliser and let’s see how far we can get by 25th April!

Lots of surprises promised, plus everything you raise will be topped up by an amazing 50% thanks to the Kiltwalk’s funding partner, The Hunter Foundation! Registration isn’t open yet, but keep checking our social media. Interested?  Please get in touch.


Fun ‘Not Just For Dogs’ Show 2021

We’ve run our annual Fun Dog Show each spring, for six years now, but had to cancel last year’s event when the pandemic hit.  This year we’re back, but changing things a little bit, while everyone is still in lockdown, by presenting our virtual alternative.  It’s not our usual dog show, in fact it’s not just for dogs at all!  This year, we invite you to enter your pet – dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, snakes – whoever your pet is, there will be a Virtual Photo Class to suit!  Date and details to follow soon…. keep an eye on our social media! Interested? Please get in touch.


Something to do in the holidays – Easter Rally Trail

Our inaugural car Rally Trail last October saw 81 teams signing up and taking part at their own leisure, travelling around beautiful East Lothian. We’ll have a new route, new picnic spots and view points for you to enjoy, more great prizes, and new online registration!  More details and how to enter coming soon…keep checking our social media.  Interested? Please get in touch.

Continuing the 10th birthday celebrations of our Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service

We’ll be continuing the celebrations of the 10th Birthday of our Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service over the coming months by sharing stories about the people involved in these special NHS Lothian partnership sessions.


Most of all, we miss you!

We look forward to when you can all come back, whether it’s to ride, spectate, volunteer or just come and visit and see what we do!

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