Sensory Riding Park
Our goal is to create a Sensory Riding Park adjacent to our riding centre. We secured the lease on this field from Fife Council on 1 October 2012. The field had been lying fallow for some years and was covered in small birch trees and shrubs so we’ve had quite a bit of preparatory work to do to clear the boundary line, erect horse proof fencing and four gates.
As at December 2014 this work has now been completed, we've cleared the areas and created the trails. It’ll allow young children and adults with disabilities to gain experiences of nature through movement, sound, smell and visual stimulation whilst riding.
We intend to create many features throughout the park, such as a tall tactile standing structure with nooks and crannies, like a totem pole. A large pergola suitable for hanging objects on from a simple ball to large wind chimes. Click here to see the plan and some of our ideas.
We have now raised over £20,000 to carry out this project which has enabled us to;
- clear parts of the site and create the trails
- purchase and erect stock fencing around the perimeter
- fit four gates plus hard standing
- create a small outdoor arena type area
- replace our old tractor which was 58 years old with a shiny new one!
In the Spring of 2015 we will start to build the 'field furniture' and create a garden. Each will one will bring a different sensory element to the park.
We'd like to express our gratitude to all the volunteers from Scotia Gas Networks, Tesco (Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline), Lloyds Banking Group and the Nationwide Building Society who came out to help us clear the trails and dig up the roots. They were a tremendous help in moving this project forward. We'd also like to thank the companies, charitable trusts, local groups and individuals who gave us donations and grants to fund this project. They were, The Russell Trust, Yorkshire Building Society, West Fife Woodlands, Dobbies Dunfermline, St James's Place Foundation, Dunfermline Round Table, FMC Technologies, Carnegie Trust, Dunfermline Golf Club, Bank of Scotland, Mary Leishman Foundation, Tesco Carnegie Drive Dunfermline and of course our riders, their parents and families for supporting us with the Shiresmill Games sponsored ride.
Without funding we wouldn’t be able to function and provide the services we do.
Can you help us?
How to donate
You can donate directly into our Just Giving account by clicking on this button.
You can also donate by Text, for example, to donate £10 - Text PEAT12 £10 to 70070. Thank you.
If you are a tax payer, you can make your donation go further by completing the gift aid section. We can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 donated.
To make a donation to the Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre by cheque, please send your donation to this address:
The Group Secretary
Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre
By Blairhall. KY12 8ER
Sponsor A Pony
All of our ponies are now available for sponsoring.
At a cost of only £20 per pony, you can sponsor one or more!
Sponsorship lasts for 1 year.
It would make a great present, or why not treat yourself?
Included in the sponsorship is:-
A letter from your pony
A photo of your pony
Birthday and Christmas cards from your pony
Visits can be made to your pony by arrangement.
Download the Sponsorship form here
WE NEED YOUR USED STAMPS!
We sell used stamps to raise money to feed our ponies.
Stamps from your birthday cards, Christmas cards, postcards etc, can make a difference.
Stamps should be left on their backing paper with a border of about 4mm to 8mm left around the stamp.
Here are a few more suggestions….
Sponsor our Sensory Park Project. All donations to this project will be ring-fenced and will only be used for this purpose. For example, sponsor the building of one of the features in the Park.
Donate to our running costs - no amount is too small. Or ask about sponsoring our vet bills, the feed for the ponies or the blacksmith etc.