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Algarve 41 Club raise €500 for Riding for the Disabled

Algarve 41 Club Chairman, Michael Brown, presenting Riding for the Disabled with a cheque Algarve 41 Club recently presented Riding for the Disabled Barlavento,  started 15 years ago by a past Algarve 41 Club Chairman Frank Bulmer, with a cheque for €500.

Algarve 41 Club Chairman, Michael Brown, presenting Riding for the Disabled with a cheque The cheque presentation was made by the current Algarve 41 Club Chairman Michael Brown.

Riding for the Disabled, based in Bensafrim near Lagos, is totally dependent on donations from many different sources.

The organisation holds three sessions per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and can accommodate multiple riders per session. Most riders require three helpers - horse leader and two side walkers, volunteers are very welcome and willing to offer their services will be given full training.

Each session is conducted by a fully qualified instructor.

The therapy on horses utilises the rhythmic, three-dimensional movement of a walking horse. A client appropriately positioned on the horse experiences and responds to significant sensory input. This positions them ideally to develop postural control, equilibrium reactions, balance, co-ordination and spatial orientation. There are also psychological, speech, language and cognitive benefits.

Horse riding is particularly beneficial for pupils who have profound and multiple learning difficulties as it provides a multi-sensory experience which is hard to replicate in any other environment.

41 Club members or Ex Round Tablers who are interested in finding out more about what we do should contact our club secretary, Mike Trice on mike.trice46@gmail.com.

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