MRT News

New Term starts back this week!

Our new Term starts this week.  Therapy Pony Nico is all smiles looking forward to meeting our Riders!

Click here for all Term Dates 2019-20, from September 2019 – June 2020.

We hope to see you soon, come and visit us at the Arena even if you’re not Riding this Term, we love visitors.  And don’t forget to check out What’s On, we’ve got lots happening the autumn as we celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Indoor Market – Crafters, producers and car boot-ers wanted!

Last year’s inaugural Indoor Market was a great success, with 50 fantastic crafters, producers and car boot-ers, lots of Christmas shoppers, live music and our Barn Cafe!

We’re back for a second year and looking for crafters, producers and car boot-ers.  Bookings are now open, catch early Christmas shoppers, or do some shopping yourself.  We just ask that there be no sales of baking or hot food as these are Muirfield Riding Therapy’s own primary fundraising stalls.

Tables cost £25, and our huge Arena can hold 50 tables, with a table measuring 1.8m x 0.8m set up with 1.5m space between separate stall holders. You can of course purchase more than one table for yourself and they will be placed together.

Interested Stallholders please contact [email protected] or 07772 838945

Throughout 2019 we are celebrating 30 years of providing life-changing riding therapy to children and adults with various disabilities, from East and Mid Lothian.


Play in our Muirfield Charity Golf Day – Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

Charity Golf Day at Muirfield – Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

In aid of Muirfield Riding Therapy – celebrating our 30th Anniversary.

We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers to be their beneficiary charity this year, with exclusive use of their world class Championship Course and Clubhouse.

We invite you to join us on Thursday 17th October for this very special day of golf;

  • Team four ball with a shotgun start from designated tees
  • Stableford scoring will apply
  • Team and individual prizes will be awarded.
  • Auction
  • We start the day with champagne and Muirfield cooked breakfast. Lunch is even more of a highlight, and drinks will be served throughout the day.

Our aim is to ensure you and your friends and colleagues enjoy a wonderful outing and are inspired to support Muirfield Riding Therapy.

For more information about reserving a Team place, please get in touch

An Evening With Pat Stanton – 75 Years On

An Evening with Pat Stanton – 75 Years On, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Pat is not only a famous footballer – a former Hibs and Celtic player, gaining 16 caps for Scotland in his playing career – but he is also grandfather to Ollie, one of our Riders.  A special event is being held at the Usher Hall to celebrate Pat’s 75th birthday.

We are honoured that Muirfield Riding Therapy has been chosen as one of two beneficiary charities of the event.

‘An Evening with Pat Stanton – 75 Years On’, is being held on Saturday 7th September 2019, at 7.30pm. Muirfield Riding Therapy has some wheelchair spaces and companion seats reserved (companions go free).

Click here to find out more and book tickets.

Usher Hall box office is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. 

Phone number is 0131 221 6331 

Please note there is a £1.50 transaction fee that applies on all phone and online bookings

(Photo credit: Usher Hall)


30th Anniversary Celebrations – Riders’ Fun Day

As part of our ongoing 30th anniversary celebrations this year, we invite all our Riders, their families and friends and our supporters, past and present, to our – free – Riders’ Fun Day on Sunday 29th September 2019, 10am – 2pm!

There will be a Handy Pony course and Gymkhana Games (weather permitting) in the morning, and a chance to watch some of our Riders’ and Therapy Ponies in a Quadrille display and Musical Pony Parade in the afternoon.

The Quadrille display is scheduled for 12.30pm, and the Musical Pony Parade is at 1pm.

Family entertainment activities will take place (also dependent on the weather).  Our Cafe will be open, supplying our tasty bacon rolls and sweet treats, with our compliments.  Donation buckets will be available should you wish to make a small contribution.

The day is being organised by our amazing Volunteer Coaching Team, and our Café will be run by MRT volunteers.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

What kind of volunteer could you be?

On Thursday 15th August, from 6.30 – 8.30pm, we are holding a Volunteer Information Evening at our Indoor Arena, West Fenton.  All are welcome to pop in anytime over the evening.  You can meet some of our Therapy Ponies and Volunteers who do lots of different roles, and will be pleased to answer your questions.


Muirfield Riding Therapy is a Volunteer-led organisation, with Volunteers from age 12 to 86, helping us in all sorts of ways.  We offer full onsite training and mentoring, experience is not necessary.



Thursday 15th August, from 6.30 – 8.30pm

Indoor Arena, West Fenton, EH39 5AL

For more information, contact: 01620 842502  [email protected]


#Volunteering #Team #Inclusive



World Class EDGA Scottish Open players show us how it’s done!

Our friends at Leuchie House invited us to join them as ten world class golfers with disability paid a visit to their respite centre yesterday for some fun golf games with guests.  The players, ranked in the top ten of the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), are all teeing off this morning in the inaugural European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Scottish Open.  Muirfield Riding Therapy were gifted a copy of the EDGA’s new book, Mulligan, signed by players.


Many of the players who visited Leuchie House are featured in the book, ‘Mulligan – tough love and second chances’ – put together by EDGA to showcase their Team.  It includes many powerful stories from the players, and Muirfield Riding Therapy has kindly been gifted a copy, signed by several players, with some messages of support for us –


Paul Ellison (Scotland) – ‘To Muirfield Riding Therapy. Best wishes, Paul Ellison’


Geoff Nicholas (Australia) – ‘To Muirfield Riding Therapy. Many Best Wishes, Geoff’


Reinard ‘Rhino’ Schuhknecht (S Africa) – ‘All the best. Keep up the good work. Smile, smile, smile, Reinhard’


Chris Biggins (USA) – ‘Keep it up! You all are incredible. Chris’


Pictured (below) with Muirfield Riding Therapy Chair Michelle and Fundraising Manager Deborah McLaughlin, and their copy of ‘Mulligan’, is Reinard ‘Rhino’ Schuhknecht, 4 x World Champion (One-Armed Championships).


At Muirfield Riding Therapy we help people fulfil their potential. MRT’s ethos is based on team work; by working together, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, education professionals and our specially trained Volunteers and Ponies we are able to offer Riders the best therapeutic benefit.


Our physiotherapists provide specialist child and adult services, and support the training of our Coaching Team.  Our Coaches are trained to think like therapists. We use riding as a therapeutic activity.  We work with our physiotherapists to provide tailored Therapy Plans for Riders using specific exercises to achieve individual goals.





Poppy and Anna’s cake sale success!

We are extremely lucky to have the most amazing supporters at Muirfield Riding Therapy.  Two such supporters are Poppy and Anna. Last weekend the girls put on a Coffee Afternoon fundraiser in their front garden.


The two friends from Gullane planned their fundraiser, worked hard to bake lots of delicious treats, and wrote and presented a speech about their support for Muirfield Riding Therapy at their event!  You can read the girls’ speech below or listen to it by clicking the video link.

On Friday Poppy and Anna came into our Arena at West Fenton to present our Service Coordinator Susan Law with a cheque for an amazing £230.45!  Poppy, who comes for Therapeutic Riding sessions, rides Willis our newest, specially trained Therapy Pony.

Poppy’s Mum Laura said,

“The girls were really pleased with all the support they received. I was super proud of them!”

Everyone at MRT is super proud of them too.  What a Team!

A huge, THANK YOU to Poppy and Anna from Willis the Therapy Pony, and everyone at MRT.


Poppy and Anna’s speech for the coffee afternoon –



Thank you all for coming to our MRT coffee afternoon.


Muirfield Riding Therapy is a local charity that helps people with disabilities learn how to ride horses. Horse riding is good because it helps people get exercise and physiotherapy, enjoy spending time with horses and helps people achieve their dreams.


We picked this charity because we both like horses and Poppy has been lucky enough to go to MRT and ride lots of horses. MRT needs lots of volunteers to help people to ride and to look after the horses. They need people to raise money to pay for the arenas and the stables and to feed the horses, so that they can live happily and support more people riding.


Thank you for listening to our speech. Enjoy the cakes!



12th Annual Summer Show for Horses & Ponies 2019 – our biggest and best yet!

We are pleased to announce entries are now open for our 12th Annual Summer Show for Horses and Ponies at West Fenton.  This year’s Show, on Sunday 21st July 2019, is a Qualifying Show for the Caledonian Showing Championships 2019 and The Festival of Champions Scotland 2019, and is set to be our biggest and best yet. 

Our Summer Show is one of the biggest Horse Shows in East Lothian with 47 Classes for our competitors to choose from, meaning there is something for every level of rider and their pony or horse. This year we are delighted to announce our Show is a qualifier for two significant events in the Scottish Equestrian calendar, the Caledonian Showing Championships and the Festival of Champions Scotland 2019!  Beautiful rosettes and trophies are awarded for all Classes at our Show, plus the Champion and Reserve from our four Championship Classes – Pony or Riding Club, Ridden, Working Hunter, and Mountain & Moorland – go through to compete for Supreme in Show.

Organised by and in aid of Muirfield Riding Therapy, the Show is held at West Fenton thanks to the generosity of the Morrison Family.  It is one of our biggest fundraisers in the year.  This year, Muirfield Riding Therapy is celebrating 30 years of providing life-changing therapeutic riding, free, for children and adults with various disabilities, in East and Mid Lothian.

A large number of people are involved in putting on the Show each year.  Without the kind contributions to the Show costs by our Sponsors and to our Judges who give up their valuable time, there would be no Summer Show.  Our main Sponsor for 2019 is MacGregor Healthcare Ltd , our four Championship Class Sponsors are Andrew Black Haulage and Drem Timber & Fencing LTD and Garden Solutions and Lothian and borders electrical , and we are thankful to our many Class Sponsors who donate each year.

ENTER Summer Show for Horses and Ponies 2019

Photo Credit: Blue Fountain Photography

Andreas’ Tavern North Berwick is coming to East Linton for one night only, Greek pop up restaurant & bar!

Andreas’ G R E E K   N I G H T S are legendary in East Lothian. He and his wife Karen originally ran their Greek feasts from The Buttercup Cafe in North Berwick for many years and were sold out months in advance. They now run pop up evenings in various East Lothian venues, which are equally as sought-after.

A deliciously fun combo of Greek food, Greek hospitality and a little bit of…Abba

#moussaka #hummus #olives #baklava

👋 Hello East Linton – 24th May, 7pm – 11pm, Community Hall, East Linton
We’re absolutely delighted to be holding a Greek Night with Andreas, this time in East Linton; if you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat.

🇬🇷 Cash Bar 🇬🇷 Raffle

£30 per person which includes a donation to Muirfield Riding Therapy. We’re celebrating 30 years of providing life-changing riding therapy, free, to kids and adults with disabilities in East & Mid Lothian.

To reserve places at our tables contact: [email protected]
Or go into @BarneysCoffeeShop 34 High Street, East Linton, EH40 3AA

We look forward to seeing you on 24th May!