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Horse Riding for the disabled

Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre in Hemlington, Middlesbrough, celebrated the end of its 10th birthday year in style with the presentation of a new Land Rover.

Janet Watkins, chair of the Abbey Charitable Trust‘s Teesside Community Partnership Group, presented the keys of a brand new Land Rover 110 Defender to centre manager Claire Pitt at the centre’s Adopt A Pony Christmas Party.

The party is held every Christmas so that the pony “parents” can watch their ponies perform in the NVQ student displays and then meet and greet them in the arena after the pony parade.

Janet said: “Abbey is delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile charity by donating this new Land Rover. I know it will make a huge difference to the centre and to many riders who will now be able to compete all over the country.”

“We are so grateful to Abbey,” said Pitt. “The Land Rover is very important to the centre.

“We will use it to tow our horse trailer to competitions and events and for the weekly riding lessons we provide for children with special needs at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough.

“We will also use it for transporting riders taking part in our riding holidays and even for more mundane things such as collecting feed and equipment.”