MRT News

We’re ready Haddington!

Our Summer Fayre opens at 9.30am, till 2.30pm, Saturday 23 June, Corn Exchange, Haddington

Come along and say hello.  We have absolutely loads of quality bargains for you and prizes to be won!  Stalls include, Plants, Books, Toys, Bric-a-Brac, Adults and Kids Clothing & Accessories, Horse riding Clothing, Produce on our Larder stall including lots of delicious Monaghan mushrooms, and lots more.

GIANT hamper raffle with a huge amount of foodie treats and over £65 worth of Haddington Farmers’ Market vouchers.

Buy a Bale and win cute Butterscotch the Pony



Cafe – tea/coffee & cakes, bacon rolls, soup, filled rolls

See you there!

All proceeds from our Fayre will help us provide Riding Therapy, free, to more children and adults with disabilities in East Lothian.




Video: 3-dimensional movement of a horse at walk

WHY RIDING? How therapeutic riding works: the 3-dimensional movement of a horse at walk

Our summer 2018 campaign is focussed on explaining why riding is a great therapeutic activity. This video, created thanks to a few of our volunteers (human and equine!), shows why our core activities use the 3-dimensional movement of a horse to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes.

Our specially trained physiotherapists use selected horses as mobile therapeutic treatment tools. Did you know….Horses have a 3-dimensional movement and some studies have concluded that sitting on a walking horse replicates the movement of a normal walking pattern in the Rider’s pelvis by 97%. The movement of the horse also generates responses in the Rider that are similar to, and essential for, walking.

Special thanks to volunteer Scott McNeish for putting the video together.

* Please share and help raise awareness of the benefits of riding therapy *

Annual MRT Summer Fayre – 23 June 2018

Corn Exchange, Haddington, 09.30am – 2.30pm

Our Summer Fayre is back after a successful first event last year.  Lots of stalls and lots of bargains at our family-friendly event.


Bring your friends and family along and enjoy our tasty Cafe, legendary bacon rolls and home-baking, and enter our GIANT HAMPER raffle!

NEW! The Larder – local produce, homemade jams and chutneys – if you are a local producer, and willing to donate some of your produce to our Larder stall, please get in touch, thank you.


Contributions to all our stalls below gratefully received: to donate items please either;
* PHONE 01620 842502
* EMAIL [email protected]
* DROP OFF donations at our Indoor Arena, West Fenton, North Berwick, EH39 5AL
* DELIVER to the Corn Exchange, 13 Court St, Haddington EH41 3DS on Fri 22 June, 9am – 5pm











ENTRIES OPEN – our Summer Show for Horses & Ponies, 22 July 2018

Our annual Summer Show for Horse and Ponies is now open for online entries via Horse Monkey!

Our 2018 Event Sponsor is MacGregor Healthcare Ltd

Our Summer Show is one of the biggest Horse Shows in East Lothian –

290 Rosettes
47 Classes
40 Volunteer staff
39 Sponsors
9 Judges
1 Supreme in Show Trophy !

* Spectators welcome * Cafe * BBQ *


Summer Awareness Campaign 2018 – Why Riding?

Our Summer Campaign, which runs from May to July, is focussing on raising awareness of Riding Therapy.  Find out what makes riding such a great therapeutic activity.


Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy (specialist physiotherapy on horseback) provide multiple life-changing physical, learning, behavioural and social benefits to riders thanks to the movement, warmth and rhythm of the horse.  Our Riders are people with a wide range of disabilities and life-affecting conditions, both physical and mental.  Our core activities use the three-dimensional movements of a horse to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. Specially trained physiotherapists use selected horses as mobile therapeutic treatment tools.


Did you know?

Horses have a 3-dimensional movement and some studies have concluded that sitting on a walking horse replicates the movement of a normal walking pattern in the Rider’s pelvis by 97%.   The movement of the horse also generates responses in the Rider that are similar to, and essential for, walking.


A world-wide community

There are over 500-member groups of Riding for the Disabled Association in the UK alone.  Wider afield, groups operate under the umbrella organisation of Federation of Riding for the Disabled International, and there are many groups offering riding therapy through different organisations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.  All these groups of people share a common belief that equine assisted therapy can improve lives in lots of ways.


What makes MRT special?

We are at the forefront of riding therapy in the UK.  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.


Meet our Physios

Our physiotherapists provide specialist child and adult services, and support the training of our volunteer Coaching Team.  In 2009, MRT Group physiotherapist Heather Falconer, piloted a successful service between NHS Lothian and MRT.  This pioneering partnership became the Therapeutic Riding Service, part of NHS Lothian’s Children’s Physiotherapy Service.



What an honour

Muirfield Riding Therapy is delighted to share the news that our long-time volunteer and Chair, Susan Law, has received the award of MBE from Her Majesty The Queen for her outstanding services to Riding for the Disabled.


Susan is well known for her work with Muirfield Riding Therapy, having volunteered for the organisation for 22 years, 19 of which have been as Chair, and is widely respected across East Lothian for her service to people with disability.


The New Year Honours lists 2018 recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.


Susan comments, “I am obviously delighted to be given this honour but would like to be quite clear that this is an honour for Muirfield Riding Therapy, its volunteers, its riders, families and carers, and all those that support the charity. I don’t feel that it is right to single out one person of what is an amazing team of people and see this as an honour for our team.


I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me all these years in so many ways. My family and friends have been behind me throughout. I feel deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to work with amazing people who have inspired me. By honouring one of us we honour the whole team”


Founder of the Charity, Gill Morrison said, “Since handing the “reins” over to Susan 19 years ago I have seen MRT grow steadily into the tremendously strong charity it is today, a much-respected member of the Riding for the Disabled Association. It is due to Susan’s tireless energy and strong leadership that MRT now has over two hundred riders on its books. I am delighted that Susan is being rewarded so fittingly for all her hard work and dedication to MRT.”


Current Trustee of the Charity, Lorna MacEwen added, “Susan has excelled as Chair of MRT. Under her leadership we have grown to a service which provides weekly riding therapy sessions in a state of the art indoor arena. Riding therapy is free to riders and Susan works tirelessly to lead and encourage fundraising to meet our costs of around £90,000 a year. Under Susan’s leadership, MRT has become a focal point for the sharing of ideas and best practice in the field of riding therapy. She has been not only an outstanding leader of this local charity, increasing its reach and service, but has also contributed to and influenced the development of riding therapy more widely. That she has achieved so much while also working in her hotel is amazing!”


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Job Vacancy – Fundraising Manager

Muirfield Riding Therapy (MRT) has an exciting opportunity for a talented fundraiser to join its dedicated team of trained volunteers.  MRT is a charity that offers riding therapy free of charge to children and adults of all ages with various disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment.


As Fundraising Manager you will play a critical part in our on-going success and our ability to provide our vital services.


Your focus will on be identifying and delivering new fundraising opportunities, whilst developing long lasting relationships with donors and volunteers.  We are looking for someone with a passion for fundraising and the creative flair necessary to maximise supporter involvement.


You will be responsible for working towards personal income targets as well as maintaining high quality fundraising by keeping yourself updated with developments in the wider sector.


To be successful in this role you will need previous experience of fundraising in the charity or NFP sector, with a track record of meeting income targets and generating new revenue streams.  Experience of generating income through trusts, grants and/or legacies will also be preferable.  You must have excellent communication skills and be able to engage and inspire groups of volunteers.



How to apply

Write to Susan Law ([email protected]) by 1st December, enclosing your CV and a brief personal statement highlighting the skills and abilities you would bring to this role.



Role details

Contract: 1-year fixed term part-time contract – with potential to extend.

Hours: 25 hours per week.

Flexible Working: Home working and term-time working options are available.

Salary: £20,000 – £25,000 per annum (pro rata).

Location: Gullane, with potential for homeworking.

Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 1st December

Interviews: 6th December