Ebor rides high after funds win

Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled has won �10,000, awarded by financial services company OneFamily.
Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled has won �10,000, awarded by financial services company OneFamily.

Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled, based at Barmby Moor, is set to buy essential equipment comprising a quad bike and trailer after winning a £10,000 national award.

The group was awarded the funding by financial services company OneFamily as part of its Community Awards.

Gail Bentley is pictured with volunteers and riders at Ebor Vale RDA.

Gail Bentley is pictured with volunteers and riders at Ebor Vale RDA.

The new equipment will help the group to maintain the horse’s fields, making it easier for its volunteers to clean up after the horses, repair fences and it will also be used to move equipment during sessions.

Ebor Vale holds riding and carriage driving classes for disabled children and adults across East Yorkshire. It currently has 49 members aged between five and 54.

OneFamily customer Gail Bentley put Ebor Vale Riding forward because her daughter used to be a member.

Gail said: “We’re only a small group, so we’re overwhelmed that we’ve been able to secure this award, and we can’t thank the community enough for getting involved and taking the time to vote for us.

“Horse riding is a great source of therapy for people with disabilities.

“Being able to move about so easily on a horse is incredibly freeing for people with mobility issues, and our members love building relationships with the horses and being able to enjoy time outdoors.”

OneFamily spokesman Guy French, said: “This is a unique project that makes a huge difference to the lives of the people it cares for.

“The projects that the awards support are all very special to our customers and make a positive difference in their local communities.”