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What’s in a name – Muirfield Riding Therapy

When volunteer Rosemary joined the charity, we were still named the Muirfield Riding for the Disabled Group (Muirfield RDA). Read on to find out about Rosemary’s volunteer story and our name change.

 

ROSEMARY

When I retired to North Berwick in February 2003 the first place I looked to volunteer was the then-named Muirfield Riding for the Disabled (RDA) at West Fenton. The new Indoor Arena had opened for use six months prior, so I didn’t have the outside experience the group had at that point! Over many years I have been involved in many charities but none as rewarding as this one. We are so privileged to actually be close to our participants and to see the difference we can make.

 

About a year after I joined, new rules came into effect around Child Protection (now called Safeguarding) and I became the Child Protection Officer for the charity. I was very pleased to take on this role, as part of the charity’s management Committee. I was a member of the Committee during a very exciting time as the group started to grow. We soon realized that we needed even more space so the process of planning, fundraising and building our new facility began. As a group we all pulled together to fundraise and of course have fun, we are good at that here! We added our physio room, viewing gallery, meeting room and kitchen and toilet facilities, offices and a much improved reception.

 

During this time, NHS Lothian physio, Heather Falconer, had been volunteering with us. Her work, together with our then-Chair Susan Law, developed into the pioneering Children’s Therapeutic Riding Service, our partnership with NHS Lothian. Heather’s input was a huge part of our new expertise and it was then that we changed our name to reflect our work, so Muirfield Riding Therapy was born. (We are still a member of RDA, which has over 500 groups across the UK). Having recognition from the NHS was a huge accolade, thanks to Heather. She has taught us so much, and we now have a small team of physios including hippotherapists (hippotherapy is a form of specialist physio on horseback), working with us.

 

After 17 years in my Safeguarding role, I am stepping down, but it is great to see new people being enthusiastic and so keen to help with everything that needs doing, especially with our lovely, very special ponies and horses. Carry on working with this special charity, you will never regret it.

 

Would you like to volunteer with us?

Read our information and registration process here

 

Photo by Jim Hunter Images , Rosemary is on the left in the light blue fleece, with friend and fellow volunteer Frances.

 

Entries are now open! Winter Series Show Jumping Championships 2021-22

Our long running Winter Series is back for its 14th year, open to ALL AGES. Benefit from an all-round professional Show Jumping experience, but in a relaxed, friendly, encouraging atmosphere.  There are 4 events this time, you can join in all 4 events in the Series or just on dates which suit you!

 

3 October, 7 November, 5 December 2021, and the Final on 6 March 2022

 

Welcome to our Winter Series Show Jumping Championships 2021/22!  NEW Online entry via HorseMonkey (with entries on the day depending on availability). Pre-entry of competitors will allow us to provide more accurate class timings throughout the day.  All proceeds support Muirfield Riding Therapy, a member group of RDA UK, providing pioneering, life-changing equine therapy.

CLICK TO ENTER HERE via horsemoneky.com then log in or create an account

 

Note, We will open online entry for the next event in the Series after each previous event.

 

Each event is part of the points system for the overall Winter Series and all points earned will count towards your final total.  Our 4-event Show Jumping Championships is aimed at riders, horses and ponies of ALL AGES and experience.

New to riding?

Getting back into riding?

Want to introduce your equine, or yourself, to Show jumping?

Nervous rider, or equine?

Looking to build up experience over the winter months?

Don’t have full Showing rider kit to wear?

 

Benefit from:

Experienced Judges

Advice from our Judge and Team on the day

A supportive approach to you and your equine’s performance

40 m x 20m Indoor Arena

Arena surface particularly suitable for jumping

10 Classes to choose from lead rein to Open

Adult Rider-Only Class (21 years+) always included

Entry via Horse Monkey or On-the-day (subject to availability)

Low cost entry fees

Beautiful rosettes for all Classes

Outdoor Arena/Clear Round practice

Spectators’ Viewing Gallery o All day cafe – bacon rolls, soup, our legendary home baking!

FREE Parking

 

Three Trophies are awarded at the Series Final in March:

Wobblies Trophy

Presented to the rider/pony/horse combination which has accrued the most points from selected classes

 

The Fiona Mossan Trophy

Presented to the rider/pony/horse combination which has accrued the most points from selected classes

 

The Niven Family Trophy

Presented to the most improved rider of the Series.

 

Queries? Please get in touch

 

New rescheduled date 2022 – Play the Links at our Renaissance Charity Golf Day

We have a new date. We are delighted to announce the new date for our Charity Golf Day, at The Renaissance Golf Club, host of the Abrdn Scottish Open, as 19th May 2022.  

The pandemic has impacted individuals and organisations in different ways, not least the charity sector. With many charities having to rollover their events from 2020, we have decided to move ours from our original September 2021 date. This will ensure our charity friends and their supporters hosting similar events, will have the opportunity to enjoy maximum success, as well as ourselves.   

 

We invite you to join us on 19th May 2022, for a wonderful afternoon of golf on the fabulous 18-hole links course at The Renaissance Club, Cowden Hill Drive, North Berwick, EH39 5HS. We welcome 4-ball teams to play at Renaissance. The day begins with a light lunch and team photos, followed by a great afternoon of golf including our fabulous prize-winning holes. With complimentary drinks throughout the day, evening dinner and superb auction we are sure you and your team will have a memorable experience.  

 

To book, please see our Invitation and Booking Form and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

 

We are grateful to both The Renaissance Golf Club and Gilson Gray for supporting this event.

             

 

 

Thank you for Riding Around 4 MRT!

We’ve had fun this summer with our summer fundraising campaign, Ride Around 4 MRT  We hope you all enjoyed celebrating your horses and ponies, loyal companions throughout the pandemic, in support of our therapy ponies.  The campaign officially ended at our Summer Show for Horses and Ponies on Sunday 1st August.

Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural virtual riding event, whether riding or donating!  We hope you enjoyed it!

Winners

We’re delighted to announce our winners,

 

Team Baird – won our team distance challenge with a team distance of 400 km

 

Hilary Paterson – won our individual distance challenge with 277.3 km clocked up

 

And Pien Bennan was our fundraising challenge winner, raising an amazing £2,342.27!

 

Thank you very much to our prizes sponsor Hendry Equestrian for donating generous gift vouchers for our worthy winners 💚

 

Summer Show success!

What a day we had on Sunday at our ‘not our usual’ Summer Show! We were so happy to see all our competitors with their gorgeous ponies and horses. Thanks to everyone for joining us for our first live, in-person fundraising event since the pandemic, and huge congratulations to all our worthy winners!

Sunday 1st August dawned dry and sunny thankfully, following a very damp set up on Saturday, and we had a superb day of competition with equine breeds of all shapes and sizes. Smiles all round, and thanks to everyone for complying with our covid restrictions. Together we raised over £5,100 which is absolutely fantastic, and a vital boost to the funding of our pioneering, life-changing equine therapy.

Results

Congratulations to all our worthy winners, please see the results here,

 

 

Our Show photographer Jim, of Jim Hunter Images who provides his services free of charge, will be offering photos from the day, for a donation. We’ll let you know on our Facebook page as soon as they’re posted up!
(Photo credit: Jim Hunter Images)

 

Photo Journalist Sally Anderson also attended, check out her photos on her website: https://www.sallyanderson.co.uk

Thank you

Thank you so much to those who help make our event happen – our friends and main sponsor MacGregor Healthcare Ltd and ShowJumping sponsor Andrew Black Haulage of Drem
   
We are also indebted to our wonderful Judges, the Rotary Club of North Berwick for providing car park marshalling, our big team on the day who all volunteer their time and energy to create our Summer Show for Horses and Ponies.

 

It may have been ‘not our usual’ Summer Show this year, but thanks to all of you, it’s been fun, hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Next equestrian event

Our Winter Series Show Jumping Championships is back!  If you liked the friendly style of our Summer Show, you’ll love our Winter Series.  Launching soon, get the dates in your diary –
2021
Sunday 3 October
Sunday 7 November
Sunday 5 December
2022
Sunday 6 March – The Final

Ian is climbing his way to success!

We’re feeling inspired here at West Fenton thanks to ten year old Ian who is off on his summer challenge, as part of the At Home Superhero event!  Ian, who has diplegic cerebral palsy, has chosen to support Muirfield Riding Therapy for the second year in a row, and is climbing the number of stair steps that would get him to the top of Ben Nevis, 8,810 steps in total!
Last summer, Ian took on the At Home Superhero challenge for us by biking his way round iconic Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.  This year, mum Sheena got in touch to let us know he’s taking on another iconic Scottish challenge, this time virtually climbing the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis!
Ian says,
“My name is Ian and I am 10 years old and I am taking part in the At Home Superhero event.  I took part in it last summer and ran round Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh on my race runner 5 times.
This year I wanted to do something even harder. I am aiming to climb the number of stairs that would take me to the top of Ben Nevis (the tallest mountain in Scotland) so that means I’ve to climb 8,810 stairs. I live in a bungalow with mum and dad so mum asked nicely at her work (abrdn) to see if we could borrow their stairs. They said yes so every weekend from now to 14th August mum and I will be climbing stairs at 6 St Andrews Square. Thank you abrdn.
 
I was born with diplegic cerebral palsy which means I have special legs and don’t have very good balance. As part of my physio routines I get invited along to Muirfield Riding Therapy to do some horse riding. I love it. I have picked Muirfield as my charity as they help lots of children like me with core muscle stability and I always have lots of fun when I am doing my sessions. My favourite horse just now is Johnny who is white and stops to do the toilet lots!.”
Everyone at Muirfield Riding Therapy is very proud of Ian!

Play the Links at Renaissance – Charity Golf Day 2021

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Charity Golf Day, at The Renaissance Golf Club, host of this year’s Abrdn Scottish Open, on 23rd September 2021.

 

We invite you to join us for a wonderful afternoon of golf on the fabulous 18-hole links course at The Renaissance Club, Cowden Hill Drive, North Berwick, EH39 5HS. We welcome 4-ball teams to play at Renaissance. The day begins with a light lunch, followed by a great afternoon of golf including prize-winning holes, with complimentary drinks throughout the day, then evening dinner and an auction.

 

To book, please see our Invitation and Booking Form and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

 

We are grateful to both The Renaissance Golf Club and Gilson Gray for supporting this event.

             

 

 

Our Summer Show for Horses & Ponies is back!

We are delighted to announce to the Equestrian community, the return of our Summer Show for Horses and Ponies, Sunday 1st August 2021, which is a Qualifier for the Caledonian Showing Championships 2021.  After the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to the pandemic, it is fantastic to be back to a live Show one again.

It’s not quite our usual Show, we are smaller this year with 27 Classes, but there’s still something for everyone.

Our Show, which is organised by and in aid of Muirfield Riding Therapy, is held at West Fenton thanks to the generosity of the Morrison Family.  Welcome back and grateful thanks to our Main Sponsor, MacGregor Healthcare Ltd and sponsoring our popular Showjumping Classes is, Andrew Black Haulage

With 27 Classes for our competitors to choose from, across 5 Show Rings, including for example Tack and Turnout, Pony Club Pony, Veteran In-hand, Mountain and Moorland, Showjumping and lots of Fun Classes, there really is something for everyone. It may not be our ‘usual’ Show but our usual beautiful rosettes and trophies will still be awarded.

Due to the continuing pandemic restrictions, this year’s event is not open to the wider public as a spectator event, with competitors’ family and friends only allowed on site.

Entry is online via Horsemonkey, click here to enter.

    

 

Midsummer baking, plants and picnics!

Come and join us at gorgeous Stamford Hall, Gullane on Saturday 19th June, for our Midsummer Baking, Plants & Picnic Sale. Plus, back by popular demand, Pick-Up-A-Picnic!
In place of our annual sit-down summer cream teas, this year we’re delighted to welcome you to the garden of Stamford Hall, Goose Green, Gullane, courtesy of the Lang family.
Entry is free entry, and we will have a huge array of plants and our legendary home baking for you to take-away, come and have a browse.
Our delicious picnic boxes of sweet and savoury treats are back too! Pre-order only, online by 5pm Thurs 17 June, and collect at our Midsummer event 11am – 2pm on Saturday 19th June.
For more information and to book click here
 

Introducing our summer campaign, Ride Around 4 MRT!

We are delighted to announce the launch our summer campaign 2021, Ride Around 4 MRT, to celebrate horses and ponies, our loyal companions throughout the pandemic, in support of Muirfield Riding Therapy (MRT) therapy ponies #RideAround4MRT  

We invite the equestrian community to join our virtual summer challenge, have fun celebrating your horses and ponies, in support of MRT ponies! How far could you ride this? With prizes courtesy of our event sponsor, Hendry Equestrian

Donate £4 – Nominate 4 friends – #RideAround4MRT!

MRT is a volunteer-led, fully self-funded Centre providing pioneering equine therapy, free of charge. The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our ability to fundraise. By taking part in this challenge, you are helping us to continue the loving care of our specially trained therapy ponies, guaranteeing our life-changing therapeutic riding sessions continue into the future.

 Click here for more information, to donate to our campaign, and to sign up to our challenge