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Highland based equine charity receives funding from Scotmid to help efforts to build a riding centre in aid of disabled people.

By Imogen James

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Highland Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is a charity that provides horse riding lessons to those with disabilities of all ages. The Scotmid community fund has provided them with vital funding to create their first centre.

The charity is currently creating a new centre in Reelig, seven miles out of Inverness. The development will be the first independent RDA therapy centre for the Highlands.

Scotmid’s community connect scheme short-listed the RDA who applied to the scheme in April this year. On the final award night, the RDA received £5000.

The groups chairman Robin Pape would like to thank Scotmid for this fantastic award and the funding towards stabling for the RDA horses.

The charity aims to create a community hub, where participants of all abilities can enrich their lives through contact with horses and learn in a safe and controlled environment.

They are building an outdoor arena which is near completion. The next phase will be working on the facilities including a cafe, reception, education room and stables. These will help to encourage independence and equine therapy off the horse, as students can help with horse care.

The project is large in scale, therefore the group is constantly fundraising and encouraging donations. If you are interested in helping out, you can find out more on their website.

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