Stable Life looking for ways to expand its programme

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Local charity Stable Life is expanding its programme in response to new school week which sees pupils finish at lunchtime on a Friday.

The asymmetrical week comes into being when schools return on August 19 after the summer break.

Stable Life is based at Dryden Farm, Ashkirk, and provides support for youngsters by giving them skills in horse riding and management.

Project worker Vanessa Henderson said: “We are currently investigating ways that we can expand the service we offer and feel we are ideally placed to offer a service for children and parents in response to the new asymmetrical school week.

“From August 22 we will be inviting applications from children between eight and 12 years old to join our Friday afternoon Hoofbeats Club which offers an opportunity for children who are interested in horses to learn, not just about riding, but stable management, horse care and the like.

“Initially, places will be restricted to children from the Selkirk learning community and includes all primaries and up to S1 at the high school. The children will be collected by our staff at the end of school at Friday lunchtimes and taken to the farm for the session which will last until 3.30pm when carers and parents will retrieve them.”

Vanessa said it was a great opportunity to enter the world of ponies, fun and enjoyment.

She commented: “Horse Cadets will be encouraged to enjoy the fascinating journey of understanding ponies and learning to care and look after them through a range of activities, gaining new skills with proficiency certificates, whilst making new friends.”

Annual membership is £15 and each Friday session costs £15 – and registration is essential.

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