Hundreds enjoy an equestrian open day

Volunteer Erin Purdy and Sophie Alnmond, seven, on Almond at the open day at The Pegasus Centre. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Volunteer Erin Purdy and Sophie Alnmond, seven, on Almond at the open day at The Pegasus Centre. Picture by Jane Coltman.

“What a fantastic place this is! It’s great to see all the wonderful work that this centre does for people with disabilities, and also to see how much fun everyone who comes here has.”

These were the words of Val Tyler as she opened the Pegasus Centre Open Day.

Hundreds of people took the opportunity to see for themselves the wide range of activities on offer at the Pegasus Centre, by attending an Open Day held at the Centre, which is the home of the Morpeth RDA Group and which is located in Tranwell.

The provision for disabled riders was the main feature of the day – with a demonstration of para dressage by Gayle Bloomfield and Louise Fox, and another demonstration by some young riders from the Morpeth RDA Group.

In addition, visitors were able to watch a musical demonstration ride by some young volunteers and dog-agility demonstrations by Raven River Dog Agility.

Many visitors also took the opportunity to try their hand at archery, provided by Active Northumberland, enjoy a pony ride and visit the stables and speak to representatives of Alnorthumbria Veterinary Services.

And when people got peckish there were plenty of delicious cakes to tempt them.

The Pegasus Centre is home to the Morpeth Group of the RDA and provides hundreds of disabled children and adults with the opportunity to take part in riding and related activities.

Riders, who have a wide range of disabilities, benefit from both the physical activity and also from the sense of enjoyment and achievement they gain from taking part in lessons and competitions.

“It was great to welcome so many visitors along today and to be able to offer them such a fun-packed day,” said Martin Peagam, centre manager.

“Thanks to the support of our partners and supporters, such as Active Northumberland, Alnorthumbria Veterinary Services and Raven River Dog Agility we were able to offer something of interest to everyone who came.”

The afternoon also provided a great opportunity for people thinking about volunteering to meet volunteers and see how they could get involved with helping the charity.

Mr Peagam added: “We have a fantastic team of volunteers at the Pegasus Centre and we could not deliver the important services we provide to disabled people without their support.

“However, we are always happy to welcome new volunteers and it was great to meet people interested in becoming a volunteer.”