Get back in the saddle as part of the Olympics

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New and former riders in north Northumberland are being offered a leg-up back into the saddle thanks to an exciting new initiative.

The scheme is designed to encourage people to rediscover the freedom, fun and fitness benefits of horse riding.

Take Back the Reins (TBTR) offers specially tailored lessons delivered by a number of carefully-chosen riding schools up and down the country.

It is part of the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Hoof Legacy Project that aims to open doors and make riding as accessible as possible.

Shipley Lane Equestrian Centre, four miles from Alnwick, is one of the select groups of riding establishments aligned to the BEF to deliver this unique programme which begins this month.

Kay Stafford, manager of Shipley Lane, said: “Take Back the Reins is a marvellous initiative that we are very pleased to be part of.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to get people back in the saddle whether not riding from no longer having the opportunity, to a bad experience in the past – TBTR is designed for returners to take their time and go at their own pace, to build confidence and overcome their worries.”

Shipley Lane has programmes running for all ages and all abilities. For details, visit, email or call 01665 579305.

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