Horse Riding at the Park Lane Stables!
Teddington 29th Sept 2019
Charlie and I met eight Metro Blind Sport members at the Teddington Station on Sunday afternoon for a visit to the Park Lane Stables. They are really unique – as the main yard is located on a residential street just a few minutes’ walk from Royal Bushy Park and just 1 mile from Hampton Court Palace. Park Lane Stables is run Natalie O’Rourke and a dedicated team of BHS instructors, stable hands and horse-mad volunteers.
They offer traditional hacks and horse riding lessons, as well as being a fantastic venue for children’s birthday parties. Park Lane Stables is also renowned for its ever-growing RDA (Riding for the Disabled) provision for children and adults with disabilities and learning difficulties..
Photos from the Horse Riding at the Park Lane Stables event!
Many of the members had not been riding previously and there was an equal amount of excitement and nervousness as to what was to be expected. We were greeted by the stables owner Natalie, who along with her team of instructors and volunteers, looked after us for the day.
Our members were matched with their horses and helmets and hi visibility jackets were put on, before the members took it in turns to climb the three steps onto their horses. Once safely aboard, the instructors guided the horses on to the road before walking gently towards the Royal Bushy Park just 200 metres away.
Each member and their horse walked gently through the park, famed for its mix of waterways, gardens and roaming herds of deer. One of two riders even trotted gently at times, ably supported by the team from the stables.
After 30 minute ride through the beautiful landscape, we returned back to the stables for a hot drink and a jaffa cake. Suitably refreshed, members now had time to groom the horses that they had just been riding.
It was a fantastic experience, not damped one bit by the frequent rain showers. The team at the stables were so welcoming, friendly and supportive to those that attended that it made it such a special day.
There were a few nerves from some members but the team made them feel relaxed and at ease, meaning that they could experience riding in great surroundings. The feedback from our members was unanimously positive and I am sure that the stables may receive some repeat visitors and it has certainly made us consider a regular horse riding session for Metro Blind Sport in the future.
report by Martin Symcox