04:22PM, Wednesday 19 August 2020
Volunteer Karen Meade, with Rosa Lush and Oscar Wendland. Picture taken before lockdown. Ref:131122-6
A popular horse rangers club has now reopened its doors thanks to support from the Advertiser’s owner.
Windsor Horse Rangers, based in Forest Green Road, Fifield, reopened to its young horse enthusiasts last month after shutting in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The charity has received a £1,000 grant from the Louis Baylis Trust to help reduce the impact of the losses it made during the summer, as it was forced to cancel all of its fundraising activities.
Karen Meade of Windsor Horse Rangers, said: “Now we are back open, but the classes are half the size so we can keep social distancing.
“We are wiping down everything that anyone touches, so we are going through vast amounts of wipes and antibacterial gel, but the children have been really good.”
While the stables were closed during lockdown, one of the staff members created an Instagram account, sharing media of the horses so all the young rangers could keep up with what they were doing.
Karen said: “There were lots of pictures and videos of the horses and what they were getting up to during the day.
“The children absolutely loved it because it had been a long time since they had seen their favourite ponies.”
Now that the centre is back open, the children have been able to take riding lessons as well as doing jobs in the yard, mucking out and grooming.
Thanks to the latest grant from the Louis Baylis Trust, and several others over the years, Windsor Horse Rangers have been able to save up for a new tack room, to replace the existing one which has a hole in the roof.
The project is one that has been in the pipeline since 2013, with work set to take place in September.
Fundraising activities are also just around the corner for the charity. Next week the rangers will get to take part in a pay-to-enter dressage event, where they can ride their favourite pony and wear their fanciest riding gear.
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