Archive for May, 2022

Summer news and what’s on at MRT

Each of our Terms has something unique, and Summer Term is no exception. Everyone enjoys getting out and about more around the Farm on the warmer, drier days – participants, ponies and volunteers.  Being out in nature is great for wellbeing, and we make the most of it during summer sessions, including holding our Quiet Corner sessions outside too.


We’ve had some recent exciting news.  The charity is continuing to develop innovative ways of including people with various and complex mental and physical disabilities.  Following the pandemic, our service is in demand more now than ever with both adult and children’s waiting lists growing every week and an increase in mental health related enquiries for support.  Therefore, we’re delighted to share the news that one of the ways we will be continuing to offer high-quality service to the children and adults who apply to MRT, is supporting two of our volunteers, Occupational Therapist, Morven McLelland and physiotherapist Ishbel Benzie, who have both been accepted to undertake a post graduate course of study in Equine Facilitated Therapy through Ulster University.


Summer fun

Summer Term also a great time for our fundraising events, and we have some major ones we’d love to invite you to. As we are fully self-funded, our calendar of events is a significant part of our fundraising, ensuring our service remains free-of-charge, so it is accessible for as many people who need it as possible.


The Big Barn Dance, Saturday 4th June, 6pm

We are up for a celebrating this summer and invite you all to join us for our Big Barn Dance here at our Arena on a very special weekend – Saturday 4th June. One of Scotland’s busiest and most popular ceilidh bands, Clappy Doo, will be here, along with experienced line dancing instructor, Heather Baxter, taking you through your paces!

Pre-book tickets only – Click here

With a stocked Bar, games, and Mexican food courtesy of the Chef Shack. Boots are recommended as our Arena surface gets messy! Get your friends, family together, and make a night of it, all ages welcome! 


Summer Teas & Plants Sale, Sunday 19th June


We’re delighted to welcome you back to the garden of Stamford Hall, Gullane, courtesy of the Lang family. This year come and enjoy cream teas on the lawn, our legendary baking & fabulous plants. £1 entry fee at the gate to the Garden at Stamford Hall.  Cream teas on the lawn are £10, payable on the day. Typical cream tea includes cheese or plain and blueberry scones, tiffin, ginger shortbread, strawberry tarts and meringues with cream, plus unlimited tea or coffee.
Bring your picnic rug, or choose to sit at one of our tea tables under our marquee.  There will be fresh punnets of strawberries for sale, as well as a huge array of plants and seedlings, and natural flower bouquets.


Summer Show for Horses & Ponies, Sunday 24th July

We welcome our equestrian friends to our 14th annual Summer Show for Horses and Ponies, here at West Fenton. We are delighted to announce the return of our full Show, and our new main sponsor, Andrew Black Haulage Ltd.  Our Show has 46 classes to choose from and is a Qualifier for the Caledonian Showing Championships, and The Showing Register NAF Five Star Showing Finals, 2022!


Looking for a Summer Wedding outfit?

Summer wedding to go to? We can help! We have some new beautiful designer dresses, top and trousers and accessories including scarves at absolute bargain prices which were kindly given to us to fundraise. Come and browse at the arena! Get in touch to arrange a visit.


Edinburgh Kiltwalk 18 September 2022

Finally, after two years, the Edinburgh Kiltwalk is back, live in-person! We love The Kiltwalk here at MRT, it’s fun, friendly, keeps you fit whether you’re walking rolling, or pushing! We’d love to encourage everyone to take part, especially participants and families, this year, and if you need someone to be your support person on the day, we have lots of willing volunteers to help!  

For more info, to sign up, or if you have any questions, click here.



Our future as a centre of excellence

Muirfield Riding Therapy has a tradition of breaking new ground with the establishment of our partnership with NHS Lothian in 2009, The Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, to deliver therapy sessions for patients in the NHS Lothian paediatric physiotherapy department.

In order to continue offering a high-quality service to the children and adults who apply to MRT, the charity is supporting two of its volunteers, Occupational Therapist, Morven McLelland and physiotherapist Ishbel Benzie, to undertake a post graduate course of study in Equine Facilitated Therapy.

Both are already experienced in their own fields as well as being horse riders in their free time. The course of study will see them expand and develop their professional knowledge alongside equine facilitated learning.

Morven has been a volunteer at MRT for 10 years and Ishbel Benzie, for around 8 months. What this investment in their training means to our participants is that in the short term, we can continue to offer a high-quality service to the children and adults who apply to MRT.

Morven said,

After 10 years of volunteering for MRT I am finally embarking on a bit of a ‘dream’ ! My huge thanks to MRT in supporting this training. This will be the first Occupational Therapist trained in Equine Facilitated Therapy volunteering for MRT and I hope to bring a different set of skills whilst at the same time complementing those of our current and new Physiotherapists. I’m glad to have therapy pony Johnny to practice on in my spare time.

And physiotherapist, Ishbel said,

I’m so excited for this opportunity to further my training with MRT and look forward to bringing back new ideas and developing new services with this dynamic charity

MRT doesn’t charge its participants, and has always offered a great holistic service to participants and their families. As Morven and Ishbel progress through their course, it means that we can consider more children and adults with complex needs, and as Susan Law, our Services Coordinator, explains,

By supporting Morven and Ishbel in their learning we will be able to further develop the range of service we offer to people with disability. At the same time their training will enhance the existing activities of the group. Thanks to the support of the community it serves, MRT has been able to build amazing facilities and by investing in the training of our staff, the future of MRT as a centre of excellence is looking rosy!

(Photos: Morven, on the right, looking at therapy pony Johnny, Ishbel on the left with trees behind)


Big Barn Dance – join us on this special weekend

Celebrate this summer, join us for our Big Barn Dance on a very special weekend! Ceilidh band Clappy Doo, line dancing, food, bar, and games!


We are up for a big celebration this summer, and we invite you to join us for our Big Barn Dance here at our Indoor Arena on a very special weekend – Saturday 4th June!

One of the busiest and most popular ceilidh bands in Scotland, Clappy Doo, will be here. Experienced caller Graeme will ensure you have fun.

Plus, experienced line dancing instructor, Heather Baxter will also be taking you through your paces!


Click here to book your tickets


Be sure to wear your dancing boots – cowboy, wellies, riding boots – as our Arena surface gets very messy.


6pm – 9pm, ticket price includes food from our big food van – boxed, takeaway-style Mexican food (thanks to our friends at Baxter Storey), you won’t be hungry! 


With a stocked Bar – this isn’t a byob event – we’ll have beer, wine, summer-themed pitchers & cans of cocktails, plus non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks to buy all night, and lots of games, including a chance to get dressed up and show us your Cowboy-style for a chance to win our prize! 


Get your friends, family together. All ages welcome – under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian 18+ at all times.


Our Indoor Arena, West Fenton, EH39 5AL is approx one mile inland from the village of Gullane. We are not on a bus route. You may want to book your taxi in advance, there are plenty of local taxi firms. If you want to continue your evening afterwards, you might like to visit one of the local bars in Gullane including The Bonnie Badger, The Old Clubhouse and The Watchman 


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