MRT News

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!

Program announced for Evening Concert with Alex Komodore – American Classical Guitarist

We are thrilled to announce that on Wednesday 1st May, 7pm – 9.30pm, American Master Classical Guitarist, Alex Komodore, will be performing an Evening Concert at historic Dirleton Kirk, in aid of Muirfield Riding Therapy.

Alex is an internationally known Classical Guitarist, teacher and performer, and is Professor of Music at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Visiting Scotland this year, we are delighted that he will be performing in East Lothian, and grateful that proceeds will be in aid of Muirfield Riding Therapy.

C O N C E R T   P R O G R A M
Alex has prepared a special program for his evening concert with us;

. The early segment to include Johann Sebastian Bach and Luis Narvaez.
. A Spanish segment to include Francisco Tarrega and Isaac Albéniz.
. Some Scottish and Irish folk tunes.
. A little jazz segment.
. A short adventurous piece by Alberto Ginastera, paying tribute to the ‘Gaucho’ horsemen of Argentina.
. And an assortment of beautiful Waltzes including South American composers and Russian composer Nikita Koshkin’s incredible Usher waltz (based on Edgar Allan Poe‘s fall of the House of Usher).

Join us for a wonderful musical evening. Intermission refreshments served. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible venue. Accessible toilet.

Tickets, £10 per person, are limited, sold on a first come first served basis, and MUST be pre-booked:

Email [email protected]
Or ring (during office hours mon-fri 9am-5pm): 07870 639840

C E L E B R A T I N G  30  Y E A R S
Muirfield Riding Therapy is celebrating 30 years years of providing life-changing therapeutic riding, free of charge, to children and adults in East and Mid Lothian. We are volunteer-led and fully self-funded. Fundraising events like this one are a wonderful contribution to our work.

Coffee Morning – Hope Rooms, North Berwick

SATURDAY 13TH APRIL, 10AM – 12 NOON, bring your friends and family to our annual Coffee Morning in the lovely Hope Rooms, North Berwick.

? Lots of Easter-themed fun, crafts and things for sale this year, including these little knitted chicks sitting on top of chocolate eggs!

☕️ Come along for a cuppa, *£2.50 entry fee includes tea/coffee and a hot cross bun*, bring your family and friends, and enjoy our legendary home baking!

? Stalls with limited edition 30th Anniversary merchandise and some of our favourite baking recipes in our recipe book, ‘Muirfield’s Scrumptious Treats’ – pick one up at our coffee morning for just £2.

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By coming to our event you are supporting the work of Muirfield Riding Therapy. We are celebrating 30 years of providing life-changing riding therapy, free, to children and adults with various disabilities, in East and Mid Lothian.

How horses are helping people living with dementia

A wonderful video shared by BBC Breakfast, shows how horses at Cotswold RDA group are helping bring back precious memories for people living with dementia, through their Tea with a Pony initiative

Recently, Muirfield Riding Therapy has been working with Dementia Friendly East Lothian with a view to setting up a dementia-friendly ‘cafe’ at our Arena.

MRT Chair Michelle Sutton explains;

We are working with Dementia Friendly East Lothian to explore setting up a space that local people living with dementia and their carers can use to meet together and share experiences.  This may develop in future to include contact with our ponies but we are in the really early stages at the moment. It’s started with us looking at, for example, how the space is decorated to make it easier and more comfortable for our new visitors.

This year we are celebrating 30 years of providing therapeutic riding to people with disabilities in East and Mid Lothian.  If you would like to get involved with Muirfield Riding Therapy, we’d love to hear from you.

These horses are supporting people who live in nursing homes

? People with dementia are being helped by these amazing horses ?

Posted by BBC Breakfast on Friday, 15 March 2019

North Berwick Rotary’s Classic Car Tour 2019

We are absolutely delighted to be one of the beneficiary charities chosen by Rotary Club of North Berwick for their annual, Classic Car Tour 2019, and this year’s event has already sold out!

On Sunday 28th April 2019, the Rotary Club of North Berwick will be running its third Classic Car Tour, following a scenic route through East Lothian, Northumberland, and the Borders, with stops in Berwick upon Tweed for coffee and lunch and finishing at The Walled Garden in Archerfield Estate. The event is already sold out, but a waiting list is in operation if you still want to register your interest.

MRT Chair, Michelle Sutton says,

We are celebrating 30 years of providing riding therapy this year, and are thrilled to have been chosen by the Rotary Club of North Berwick to be one of their beneficiary charities for this fantastic event, during our anniversary year.

Waiting List and information for this year’s Tour 2019

Info and photos from last year’s Tour 2018

Strictly Dance Fever 2019 and 2020!

We have been chosen as the official charity for 2019 and 2020 of East Lothian’s Strictly Dance Fever, a long-running fun evening of entertainment which pairs local ‘celebrities’ with professional dancers in an exciting dance-off.

Held at the Corn Exchange, Haddington on Saturday 23rd November 2019, the event originally started over ten years ago as a fundraiser for Yester Church Restoration. By popular demand, it has gone on to raise funds for lots of other worthy causes thanks to the tireless efforts of Director Bett Morrison of Kidlaw, Gifford. The winning couple on the night receive the Niall Fairgrieve trophy, which was given in memory of the local rugby player who tragically lost his life too early.

MRT Chair Michelle Sutton says,

Twelve couples will be putting their best sparkly dance shoe-clad feet forward in a bid to win the trophy and raise vital funds for Muirfield Riding Therapy at the same time.  We are over the moon to have been chosen as the official charity for this fantastic fundraiser, in our 30th anniversary year, and next year.

The event officially launches in June, once the couples have been paired up at a special Dance Workshop held in Haddington.  More to follow…

(Photo of 2018 winners Jackie Gentil and Jane Libberton, who’s Irish Dancing routine won them the trophy. Courtesy of Leuchie House – official Strictly Dance Fever charity 2018).

Annual MRT Bridge Lunch success!

Another fantastic fundraising Bridge Lunch was held on Wednesday 20th February 2019, raising £1,200!

MRT has been running its Bridge Lunch for a number of years now, and we would like to offer our very grateful thanks to all our Bridge guests, for coming along and supporting our event so well once again, in this our 30th anniversary year.

Thank you to our organisers Elayne and Brenda and all their volunteers who helped out with food, waitressing and raffle donations.

And thanks to Di and the team at the Mallard Hotel, Gullane for hosting us superbly this year!

Do you play Bridge?  If you would like to join our events mailing list, please get in touch –

Contact: [email protected]