Clwyd Special Riding Centre
Clwyd Special Riding Centre is pleased to announce that the Centre has begun a phased re-opening.
The last 18 months have been very challenging for everyone, including the Centre. The messages of support and donations we’ve received have been tremendous and we would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us through these very difficult times.
It will take time to get back to anything like the normal offering we had before the pandemic and some services may not return for a while, but we are excited to be taking the first steps to re-opening, starting with a small number of riding and mechanical horse sessions. Our aim is to build on these initial sessions throughout the autumn and winter to allow us to offer more places to our existing and new participants. All our sessions are run solely by volunteers, so we are very reliant on having the correct number of volunteers in place to support each session.
We are sure you will have many questions and we have addressed some of these in this Frequently Asked Questions document.
As CSRC approaches its 40th anniversary, we are ever more determined to retain our role as a key provider for equine therapy for those with additional needs.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Clwyd Special Riding Centre
Clwyd Special Riding Centre is a registered charity that offers a variety of equine experiences for people with additional needs. Set in over 30 acres with 24 horses of all sizes and types, the aim of CSRC is to provide a beneficial experience to all persons through riding, carriage driving, equestrian vaulting, equine learning and therapy and hippotherapy.
Nestled in the Clwydian Hills, Clwyd Special Riding Centre has been in operation for over 30 years and has a range of facilities including indoor arena, outdoor arena, a countryside challenge activity area, a 2 kilometre track with water splash and picnic area an activity and learning barn and a round pen.
Project CELT – Centre for Equine Learning and Therapy is an additional area built with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. This project provides opportunities for persons with complex needs who may benefit from equine learning and/or equine therapy.
The Centre has a fully simulated mechanical horse with interactive screen where riders can experience horse movement whilst riding a dressage test or cantering along a beach. It can also assess balance and ability and offer a progression report of balance development. The Centre also has a ceiling track hoist, smart board, height adjustable work stations and sink plus an extensive range of communication aids. Holiday accommodation is also available. A purpose built, 18 bedded accessible building is set within the grounds and allows for people with additional needs to enjoy an equine based holiday at any time of the year.
If you would like to visit Clwyd Special Riding Centre to see what activities and facilities we have and to meet our team and horses, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
"I lost two legs ... and gained four ..."
Shaun Stocker at the end of a session at CSRC who, at the age of 19 and only 6 days before the end of his tour of Afghanistan, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device and his life changed forever. He became a double amputee blind veteran.
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RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
During school term time weekly Riding for the Disabled sessions are provided for local groups.
Centre for Equine Learning and Therapy is an additional area built with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. This project provides opportunities for persons with complex needs who may benefit from equine learing and/or equine therapy.
There are many opportunities for volunteering here at CSRC and we very much appreciate any time you may be able to give. Without volunteers, the day to day running of the centre and the sessions would be extremely difficult.