As you read this, the weather may still be cold but nothing can stop the evenings from drawing out! 

Before long spring will be here and with it scope for new activities and challenges.

Here at the Magpie Centre, we are on the hunt for volunteers who can help with riding lessons on Tuesdays, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm and provide support for carriage driving lessons on Wednesdays 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

No previous experience with horses, nor of helping people with disabilities, is required as full training is provided. For the riding lessons, we require leaders for the ponies and “sidewalkers”.  The role of a sidewalker is to support a rider’s leg to help them maintain balance plus relay instructions from the coach to the rider. This is most rewarding as it helps riders to improve their communication skills.

Joey, one of the Magpie Centre’s horses and ponies.

For those helping with carriage driving lessons, the role involves preparing the horses, learning how to harness them, assisting the drivers into the carriage, and/or following behind on a bicycle to help in case of emergency.  All this in the spectacular grounds of Wallington Hall.

If you’ve “always wanted to learn about horses”; want to “get back into it”, want to “make new friends”, or just want to learn new skills while enjoying fresh air and exercise, call the Magpie Centre on 01553 810202 for an informal chat about joining our friendly team. If you can’t manage the times stated but might be able to help at other times, call anyway!

And if numbers are more “your thing”, we are still seeking a new Treasurer to join our team of Trustees.  This role would suit a person, maybe newly-retired, who has book-keeping and/or accountancy skills. For more details, call our Chairwoman, Rosie O’Grady on 01366 500104.


“Achievement through Equestrian Activities
- Grass Roots to Gold”

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