VOLUNTEERS and staff at a Tranwell riding centre have been rewarded for their skills and dedication at a special ceremony.
Following a dressage competition held at the Pegasus Centre, the accolades were presented by RDA National Chairman, Sam Orde, in front of an appreciative audience of riders and their families and friends.
Some of the recipients, including four volunteers, were receiving RDA Group Instructor badges, recognising their abilities to deliver lessons. Emily Froggatt, a member of staff, also received her EQL BHS Level 1 certificates in Riding Horses and in Horse Knowledge and Care.
First Aid at Work certificates were presented to six people, following successful completion of a course held at the venue by Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, which is a partner in the Pegasus Centre.
Centre Manager Martin Peagam said: “The riders here benefit from the skills that our volunteers and staff have, so it is great that they can see these people receive formal recognition of the skills and knowledge they have acquired whilst at the Pegasus Centre.”
The centre is committed to providing staff and volunteers with training opportunities and it currently has a number of young volunteers working towards the Young Equine Leaders Award.
Meanwhile, riders can once again go on their horses outside following the restoration of a riding track by volunteers from Greggs.
The seven people offered their services for a day and they not only restored the track, but also cleared away overgrown bushes, installed noticeboards and even assisted with the delivery of lessons.
Mr Peagam said: “The restoration of the outdoor track has been fantastic and will bring great pleasure to so many of our riders.
“The track had taken a pounding during the wet weather and it was unsafe for riders to use. We were delighted when Greggs offered to help us restore it.
“Their volunteers have worked very hard and we are delighted with the outcome.”