Sensory Garden Sign

Introducing our new Sensory Garden

To complete the Sensory Garden project, we are fundraising for two hardwood tables, around which wheelchair users and their carers can be accommodated. Continue Reading »
HRH Princess Royal visits Magpie Centre and meets riders and staff

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal Visits the Magpie Centre

Monday July 12 saw an action-packed afternoon at the Magpie Centre when Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, RDA President, arrived to tour the Centre and open the Sensory Garden. Continue Reading »

We’ve Re-Opened!

After more than a year of having activities severely curtailed as a result of lockdown, we were able to welcome our first riders back on April 12.

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Our plans to re-open

With the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions, the Magpie Centre is planning to re-commence riding activities from 12th April. This will be accomplished progressively, depending on the level of assistance that riders need, and the current guidelines, so participants will be contacted by the Centre a few at a time.

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Cancellation of Face-to-Face National Championships

Unfortunately, there will not be a face-to-face National Championships at Hartpury this year (2021). This decision has been made after careful consultation between the event organisers, the RDA Board of Trustees and the wider RDA community.

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Donate to Our Winter Appeal

Winter is upon us, along with a new lockdown, just as we were resuming activities after the last set of restrictions.

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Cancellation of Winter Dressage League

We regret to advise that due to the current situation with Coronavirus and the resulting restrictions, the Winter Dressage League has been cancelled for 2020.

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Magpie Centre Plans for Limited Re-Opening

The Magpie Centre will be returning to some limited riding activities later in September.* Due to the current level of coronavirus restrictions and guidelines from RDA National, riding will be restricted to those participants that do not require side walkers and only require a limited amount of help to mount/dismount the horse.  Unfortunately RDA National are still not permitting carriage driving as it is not possible to maintain the current social distancing guidelines whilst undertaking this activity.

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Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy courses to begin at Magpie

Earlier this year the Magpie Centre, together with the charity Mind, started on the path to building a new activity. Equine Assisted Learning & Therapy (EALT) is a programme encouraging interaction between horses and people to promote mental well being.

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rider michelle & horse jupiter

Magpie’s Michelle is Community Champion of the Week

Our very own Michelle Aflatt got on her bike earlier this month to raise £755 for the Magpie Centre. Michelle, who has been riding at the Centre since the age of five, was keen to boost the Centre’s income during lockdown, as the cost of keeping the 14 horses and ponies continues, even though the income from rider donations halted abruptly in March.

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