Windsor and Ascot Driving School.
As part of our commitment to supporting equine and military charities – both large and small – we were delighted when Windsor and Ascot Driving School, who provide carriage riding for the disabled, approached us for help.
They needed a new purpose-built carriage for Blue, a grey cob type pony who is a real favourite with the group. His old one was much used and needed replacing.
We were able to provide the final donation to complete the fundraising. Alan Carr MBE, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of The War Horse Memorial, visited the stables to see for himself the new carriage, and to present a cheque for £500. He explains: “We were very glad to help this worthwhile, wonderful charity.Many disabled people who would otherwise find it difficult to get out and enjoy an outdoor activity can benefit from the social and recreational therapy that carriage driving provides. And Windsor and Ascot have been helping realise that ambition for 45 years. A truly remarkable achievement.”
The group was founded in 1974 and was the first in the country to cater for disabled drivers using wheelchairs and specially adapted carriages pulled by donkeys.
When the Riding for the Disabled Association added carriage driving to their constitution in 1975 the Windsor and Ascot was one of the first RDA driving groups.
Alan is pictured here with President Mrs Brigid Hamill and other members of the team.