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I – PEGASUS at Grove House Farm

 Launch CIC during Open Week

Grove House Farm based at Misterton is launching I – Pegasus (CIC) to join its family of businesses.

I-Pegasus will join Grove House Stables, 1811 Bed & Breakfast, Grove House Stud and Facilities Hire, GH Country Store and GH Prestige Liveries under the umbrella business that is Grove House Farm.

To celebrate the launch of I – Pegasus as a Community Interest Company (CIC) Grove House Farm is to hold an Open Week.

British Equestrian Federation Elite Recreational Coach Andrew Stennett took the decision to set up I – Pegasus CIC to provide access to horse riding and sport for the health, enjoyment and well-being of different groups of individuals in the local community.

CIC’s exist to benefit the community rather than its shareholders with Andrew explaining the reasoning behind the application: “Horse riding has somewhat gained an unfair reputation for being elitist, which really could not be further from the truth. However there are situations when sport in general is not a top priority especially if funds are tight.”

“I am hoping that having access to funding will enable us to open up opportunities to youngsters in the community that perhaps struggle in mainstream schooling or have just found themselves on the wrong path in life. Horse riding and spending time with horses in general can have a huge impact on confidence and social skills.”

The Open Week will take place from Monday March 19 until Friday March 23, with events throughout the week offering free sessions for anyone to come along and either try horse riding for the first time or take advantage of the fantastic facilities.

On the Monday and Tuesday free riding taster sessions will be on offer, with riding hats and boots provided, ensuring the safety of anyone wishing to participate.

Wednesday will see the official launch of I – Pegasus CIC and on the Thursday the facilities will be free to hire. During the morning the arena will be available for 30 minute flatwork sessions and from 1pm until 7pm there will be a course of jumps built. The free jumping sessions will be for 20 minutes.

As Grove House Stables is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Friday will be an Accessing Riding Day, focusing on horse riding as an inclusive sport for all.

Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial.

“We look forward to welcoming anyone with a disability to book a free riding session to find out if horse riding could be a suitable activity for them,” added Andrew.

Everyone that attends throughout the week will be entered into a fantastic prize draw to win an overnight stay at 1811 bed and breakfast. The prize also includes two riding lessons.

There are a number of other associated businesses that are based at Grove House Farm who will be taking part in the Open Week activities, details of which will be announced on the Grove House Stables Facebook page.

Places for the free riding sessions must be booked in advance by telephoning the office at Grove House Stables. Places will be strictly limited.

For further information please contact Grove House Stables on 01427 890802, like our Facebook page or visit www.grovehousestables.co.uk

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