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VVRC Visit the Cavalier Centre


Sunday 10th November 2019 saw a small group of members attend the brand-new Cavalier Centre to have a go on the mechanical horse. The Cavalier Centre is a new RDA facility near Much Wenlock with an indoor 70m x 30m arena, an outdoor arena and an all-weather track, providing facilities for disabled people of all ages to take part in therapeutic riding, vaulting, hippotherapy (physiotherapy on horseback) and carriage driving.
Patsy Pyke was our instructor and I think it’s true to say we all enjoyed our session very much. We started off with some exercises to improve our posture. This, whilst the horse was walking, trotting and cantering. Then we had to do other exercises to show we were secure in the saddle – doing transitions both up and down whilst holding a ball on a flat board and not losing it!! Finally, we all had a go at trying to ride a simulated dressage test – the horse was a little hard to master to start with but I think most of us got there in the end. I have to say I find the real thing easier to steer!!
We also managed to have a little look around the new centre established for the RDA. The arena is fabulous and all the other facilities superb. A huge thank you to Patsy for her enthusiasm and instruction. All the instructing she does is voluntary so all the monies paid go straight to the running of the centre. Thank you to Patsy, also to those who came; Meg, Sue B, Kat, Gaynor, and Jackie H.
Sally