A WREXHAM-based charity is getting children with special needs into the saddle, with a little help from a London 2012 Paralympic’s hopeful and the Sports Council for Wales.
The Sports Council for Wales has supported Clwyd Special Riding Centre (CSRC) with a Sportsmatch Cymru grant worth £3,250, which has allowed the Llanfynydd- based centre to train nine additional instructors and introduce mentoring and volunteer training sessions.
CSRC manager Tess Chew said: “We continue to be successful because we have good resources, a variety of coaches and horses to meet all needs and we have lots of positive role models.”
Paralympic dressage rider and London 2012 hopeful, Natalie Povey, 20, from Wrexham mentors youngsters at the centre and competes on one of their horses – Westpoint First Lady or Fizz.
Born with spina bifida, Natalie has been riding for six years, competing in para equestrian dressage for the past four years as a grade 1b rider, which means she is required to walk and trot.
Natalie said: “I like to support the younger riders at the centre and watch them riding.
“They watch me sometimes to pick up tips.”