Launching our 30th Anniversary at a gallop!

Muirfield Riding Therapy will be 30 years old in 2019 and we are looking for support to help us mark the occasion throughout the coming year.  We launched our celebrations at the Musselburgh Race Course Caledonian Cup Meeting on 15th September.  The special raceday was in support of MRT with six of the races at the meeting named after MRT to heighten awareness of the work we do – spot our new anniversary logo at the racecourse finish line!  Thanks to a wonderfully generous donation, and our fabulous volunteer collectors, the raceday raised a magnificent £11,000.


As a fully self-funded charity, we started life back in 1989 in a muddy field with borrowed ponies.  We’ve come a long way since then, thanks to wonderful support from the East Lothian community.  We now provide our pioneering therapy, free of charge, to around 120 children and adults each week, are supported by 250 volunteers, and need to raise around £100,000 a year to maintain our therapy services.


Our riders have a wide range of disabilities and life affecting conditions both physical and mental, and our volunteer-led organisation is supported by specialist physiotherapists and its 12 trained therapy ponies.


Muirfield Riding Therapy chair, Michelle Sutton, said:

“We are indebted for this wonderful gesture which has meant we started our 30thyear at a gallop. It costs an average of £3000 a year to maintain one of our ponies and we rely on corporate sponsorship and the efforts of many generous individuals to continue our work in East Lothian and beyond.


“The donation was most welcome and the high-profile awareness it afforded us at the Caledonian Cup Raceday is invaluable and helps greatly in explaining what we do and highlighting how people benefit from therapeutic riding.”


Musselburgh Racecourse senior operations and commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said:

“We have a long-standing relationship with Muirfield Riding Therapy which was one of our nominated charities some years ago. The work they do is of great value to many people and their families and we are delighted to be able to support this well-loved local equestrian related charity.”


We’d like to mark our special year in some way.  If you have been involved with MRT at anytime in our 30 year history and would like to share a story or two, or if you are interested in helping us come up with ideas and making them happen, then please get in touch.




Over £5k raised for Team MRT at Kiltwalk 2018!


The MRT Kiltwalk Team 2018, from left to right: Shirley, Susan, Michelle, Debs, Morven, Cameron, Sarah and Mandy, would like to thank everyone who supported them.  With online and offline donations counted, plus the 40% boost from the Kiltwalk’s partner, The Hunter Foundation, the fundraising total now stands £5,311.61.

The Team took on the Edinburgh Kiltwalk Big Stroll (15.5 miles) on Sunday 16 September and despite some soggy weather half way, the atmosphere was fantastic and they completed the walk in just short of 5 hours.

If anyone would like to take part in The Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2019 for MRT, we’d love to hear from you!

Volunteer Recruitment Week 2018

Starts 11th September

Just two hours a week can make a huge difference!


Please come along and find out about joining our team of volunteers.  Just two hours a week of your time can make a huge difference.  Muirfield Riding Therapy is an entirely volunteer-led organisation.  We need all sorts of people to help us.  We have volunteers from age 12 to 86!  Everyone’s skills and talents are used.

We are open during the times below, please pop in:


TUE 11th  Sept  10-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm

WED 12th Sept  10-12noon & 6.30-8pm

THU 13th Sept   10-12noon

FRI 14th Sept      1.30-3.30pm

SAT 15th Sept     10-12noon


We look forward to seeing you at our Indoor Arena in September.

Team Kiltwalk 2018 – join us!

We’re taking part in Edinburgh Kiltwalk’s ‘The Big Stroll’ this September – come and join us!  Be a Walker, a Donor or a Volunteer.

The MRT Team will be part of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2018, taking place on Sunday 16th September.  We are tackling The Big Stroll, a 15.5 mile route, starting at Pinkie Playing Fields and ending at Murrayfield Stadium where the Kiltwalk Party will begin…

And here’s the amazing bit, not only will Kiltwalk ensure 100% of any sponsorship donation money comes to us, their partnership with Sir Tom Hunter’s The Hunter Foundation means we will also receive an additional 40%!

For every £10 donated, we receive £14, thanks to Kiltwalk partner The Hunter Foundation!

There are lots of ways to be part of our MRT Team;


Walk with us

Use this link to register, which will ensure your fundraising page links to our MRT Team page – Register for the Big Stroll


Donate to us

Every penny of your sponsorship comes to MRT, plus an additional 40% thanks to The Hunter Foundation – Donate to the MRT Team


Be a ‘Kiltie’ for us

Did you know, you can volunteer as a Kiltwalk marshal, known as a Kiltie (the ‘heart, soul and smile of the Kiltwalk’) and your chosen charity will be ‘paid’ for every hour you volunteer – Register to be a Kiltie


THANK YOU for your support




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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