Summer 2021 Free Holiday Activity Clubs
We have provided 320 spaces for the island’s low income families. Children aged 6-16 will work with Island Riding Centre’s horses and ponies, learn about horse care, stable management and horse ride and enjoy a hot meal and snacks.
The kids have been having a fantastic time in fresh air, with a focus and enjoying the company of the horses and ponies.
Watch Wight Horse CIC on Youtube and see how we are reaching out to the island’s community
Barton School have been riding our horses and ponies, mucking out and connecting with the horses every week.
Working with Mental Health service users
The Isoroppia Foundation and its service users have been feeling the positive benefits of meeting our horses. Working with horses provides a focus and a sense of achievement. Click here to watch a short documentary about their time with us.
The Einstein Centre
Connecting with horses is such a special feeling and the Einstein Centre kids have been visiting, grooming and riding our friendly horses and ponies. Their teachers and parents have seen such a difference in their behaviour, “This is the first time he’s wanted to leave the house and he’s been getting so excited about seeing Colin the Cob again” said one parent.
ABOVE: Watch how the Einstein Centre kids have grown in confidence working with horses.
Fundraising April and May 2021
Fundraising £5 pony rides – April and May. We had an amazing response to our unicorn and fancy dress themed pony ride days – lots of smiles all round as the kids had the chance to meet our ponies and ride them.
Free Easter Activity Club – April 2021
Wight Horse CIC and Island Riding Centre opened the stable doors to 60+ island children aged 8-14 and gave them the opportunity to meet and work with horses and ponies during the Easter Holidays. It is a strong belief of Wight Horse CIC & Island Riding Centre that everyone should have the chance to ride no matter your background, ability or age.
In partnership with the IOW Council and Island Riding Centre, the free Easter Activity Club was available to children receiving free school meals and HTP Apprenticeship College supplied free hot meals daily to the kids.
The children learnt how to care for a horse, stable management and nutrition and the day to day chores of looking after horses and ponies as well as horse themed crafts. The kids were given the opportunity to ride ponies and horses and the feedback from parents and carers has been nothing but positive.
Louise Buckner, IRC director added “After a long lockdown where children haven’t been able to socialise and meet, this has been the perfect way to get the kids out into the fresh air, work with a great focus and to improve their wellbeing”
Working with horses is known to improve confidence and boost self-esteem and Wight Horse CIC alongside Island Riding Centre are keen to run more activity sessions for the island’s community.
“He came home buzzing and saying how much he enjoyed himself. It’s an experience that he’s never had before, and one he is pleased to have had. He has asked to come again which is not something we hear often from him” A foster carer said of her little boy who took part in our activity club.