Chigwell Riding Trust was the first riding centre for people with special needs in the world and has been established in Chigwell for over fifty years. Riding instruction is given to people of all ages and abilities. The riding centre has approximately 160 riders each week.

As one of the leading specialised riding centres in the country Chigwell Riding Trust not only benefits people with special needs but also the entire community, giving opportunities for volunteering, school participation and practical experience for children and adults working with people and animals.

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Adrian riding Hugo

Adrian riding Hugo at the Bronze Para Championships at Solihull.

Adrian came 1st in the Grade III class and Jason came 2nd in the Grade Ia class. Here we see Adrian receiving instruction from Sophie Wells MBE Paralympian gold medallist.

Chigwell Riding Trust is still looking for two special horses to join our team. Two heavyweight cobs around 15 hh would be ideal. Temperament is of the upmost importance. Three good paces would be great and no younger than 8yrs old. We would like either horse to do RDA and hopefully be capable of doing a dressage test too. A five star home awaits.

The RDA National Championships

Following much training, planning and hard work Chigwell Riding Trust had a very successful time at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury in Gloucestershire.

We competed with eight riders and six horses and ponies. For the first time ever, two riders competed in the showjumping section and both won their classes.

In the dressage section we had three firsts, a second and a sixth. A great result. Well done to the riders, the staff and the volunteers.

Thanks must go to the RDA and its volunteers for organising such a great competition.

The picture to the right is of Sophie riding April.

Sophie riding April

John's Story

This is a two minute animation that was made for the Riding For Disabled Association. Those of you who know Chigwell Riding Trust will recognise the yard. If you would like to see the video in a larger size click just here

Bradley and Deborah

London Marathon

Deborah receives a cheque for over £2000 from London Marathon runner Bradley Rowe. Thank you Bradley.