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Horses: Riding Sessions (RDA) for children with additional needs (age 8 - 16)

Run by Park Lane Stables

We are pleased to offer RDA Riding Sessions for children with additional needs and disabiliities at Park Lane Stables.


If your child took part in this activity in the last school holiday, please do not book for this school holiday

These are small group riding sessions with a member of the Park Lane Stables team. The parent/carer must stay with their child.
This one hour session will include getting to know the pony, getting the pony ready, going out for a 30 minute ride in the park and then grooming and feeding where appropriate. 
Please note that these days are just for the children with additional needs themselves - they are not for the brothers and sisters. We are offering other activities for siblings.
These sessions are aimed at children aged 8 to 16 years who can mount a pony (with assistance) and can hold themselves upright. Park Lane Stables offers other forms of riding for children who have complex physical disabilities.
There is such a lot of interest in this activity, that we need to give other families a chance to book. You can put your child's name on the waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.


Please only book one session.

When these sessions are fully booked, we will open a waiting list. You will be able to put your name on the waiting list here.

This activity is offered free of charge but comes at significant cost to Skylarks. If you can, please make a donation. We suggest a donation of £15 for this activity.
This will take place at Park Lane Stable's new temporary venue in Petersham:
Park Lane Stables
Manor Farm Stables
Petersham Road
TW10 7AH
The stables can be found on the road that goes between Richmond and Kingston. Take the turning almost opposite the Fox and Duck pub. You will see a stately gate house in front of you. Go to the left of this building and follow the narrow lane right down to the end. There are passing places. When you get to the end, the road bears round to the right and you will see some big white gates in front of you. This is Park Lane Stables. Do not go further round to the right as this is the German School. 
You can open the gates of PLS by hand and then go inside to park on the left. If there is not enough space, you may have to go for a drive and come back later.

The group of 6 children will be accompanied by Park Lane Stables staff and volunteers. Parents are expected to accompany them and stay nearby.
Children need to wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty. 
We need to try to make booking this popular activity as fair as possible, to allow as many children as possible to join in. So we are putting the following conditions in place:
Please do not book more than one session for your child. If you would like to book a second session, put your name on the waiting list and if there are more spaces available you will be contacted.
If you need to cancel, please give at least 48 hours notice. If you give less than 48 hours notice, you may not be able to book another session.
You will need to complete a form through Park Lane Stables before your child takes part in this activity. You will be emailed a link to this form. If you do not receive it, please check your junk mail folder.


In order for your child to take part, you will need to agree to the following statements:
I understand that being near horses is a RISK sport and holds a potential danger and that horses may react unpredictably on occasions. I understand that my child could be injured - I accept that risk.
I understand that wearing boots may reduce the severity of any injury should an accident happen. I agree that my child will always wear strong boots whilst around horses and will not be allowed to take part without these. 
I understand that instructions are given for my own safety and I/my child must therefore obey the instructions of the instructor/riding centre staff and must comply with the Health & Safety requirements of Park Lane Stables.
I understand that Park Lane Stables may refuse my request to take part for safety or operational reasons.
I understand that without my consent my child will not be eligible to take part in sessions at Park Lane Stables. 

I understand and agree to Skylarks passing on necessary personal details to the third party provider of this course.

I agree with Skylarks' data protection policy

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