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Lottery funding helps Sirona engage NEET people

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

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Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship in Totnes, Devon, is "thrilled" to have been awarded £9,784 of lottery funding which will be used to help engage NEET (those not in education, employment or training) young people as well as those with behavioural difficulties in horse riding. "Sirona is always in need of funds towards our horse and general running costs in order to be able to offer Therapeutic Horsemanship sessions at subsidised rates," said Hannah Burgon who set up the project in 2006 which is now registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC). "Our therapeutic work aims to provide young people and adults with the opportunity to participate in educational and therapeutic activities with horses in a natural environment." In addition Sirona also received £3,000 from the Devon County Council which will be used towards the purchase of harness and tack and an iBex chariot which is a specially designed lightweight cart for wheelchair users that can go on and off road. Sirona is also urgently looking for more horses on loan. They are especially in need of a weight-carrying cob, a ride and drive would be a bonus, between 14.2-15.2hh. The cob must be sound and have a calm, kind temperament. If you can help, please call Hannah on 07958 356114 or e-mail info@sironacic.com

Inter-regional BYRDS selection for young Holly

Holly Kerslake is "thrilled" to have been selected to represent the South West Region at the forthcoming Inter-Regional BYRDS weekend at The College EC, Bedfordshire (June 30-July 1). X-year-old Holly from Lifton will ride as an individual Fledgling rider as well as team member against riders from all over England, Scotland and Wales. "Holly's hard work and consistent form has paid off," said her mother Kirsty who noted the announcement comes fresh after Holly's double win at The Grange where she scored 71.66% and 74.16% in the Prelims. Holly is also celebrating having been awarded a sports scholarship at her school, St Joseph's in Launceston .

Coloured mare fetches top price of the day

Auctioneer's Sawdye & Harris report a massive turnout for their Jubilee sale on Bank Holiday Tuesday which saw 78 horses and ponies go through the ring. Bidding was brisk with buyers from, East Anglia, Wales, Midlands, Bristol and all over the South West. Top price of the day went to a young 16hh coloured mare at £1,310. A smart 15 year old Black Cob sold for £1,050 while a pretty 14.2hh Palomino Haflinger mare made £630. Several young coloured cobs sold between £525 and £660 each. Thoroughbreds sold up to £525 and a cracking Welsh Sec A pony, 11 years old, sold for £315. 600 lots of saddlery and equipment again sold with saddles up to £165, Bridles to £22 and a set of Driving Harness to £165. The next sale is July 3. For an entry form e-mail: horse@sawdyeandharris.co.uk

Places still available on special Gastroscopy clinic

Western Counties Equine Hospital is running a special Gastroscopy clinic for their clients horses on Thursday June 28. The clinic has places for eight free Gastroscopy tests for horses which have not been examined for stomach ulcers before. To be considered for a place, clients are requested to call 01884 841100.

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