Broadlands Riding Centre has closed it's doors to regular riding lessons and now
concentrates on the Riding for Disabled Association Group that has been running
here. This website will remain here for historical links.
Based in Medstead near Alton, Broadlands provides riding lessons to
both mentally and physically disabled children and adults. In addition to
disabled adults and children from the local area, pupils from Shepherds
Down School and Treloars School ride regularly. Broadlands was started in
1955 and now provides over 900 rides every year.
In order to provide
these rides we have ponies of various sizes and shapes with different
paces to suit individual riders. These ponies are selected for their
temperament and are carefully trained for the job they have to do. They are
calm and responsive so that they will obey the rider however weak the
signal. By having suitable ponies that are prepared to have people around
them or work independently the riders can make good progress from needing a
leader and side walkers to, in many cases, riding independently off the lead
and entering competitions. The instructors, physiotherapists and helpers all
give time for FREE.
We raise all our own funds as a registered charity,
through collections, sponsored events and begging letters to trusts and
foundations. We are
always looking for volunteer helpers!