Terrific Teddy ready for lessons at Wallington Hall

The Magpie Centre at Wallington Hall, new carriage Horse Teddy and new carriage, with Teddy are Anne Sim and Rob James ANL-161201-153209009

The Magpie Centre at Wallington Hall, new carriage Horse Teddy and new carriage, with Teddy are Anne Sim and Rob James ANL-161201-153209009

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The New Year has got off to a roaring start for the Magpie Centre thanks to a donation and a new addition.

Staff at West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association are looking to increase the number of carriage driving lessons thanks to Teddy and his new carriage.

More than 100 people a week, of all ages and with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, benefit from riding and carriage driving lessons at the centre.

The 15 2hh Welsh Section D horse passed his Riding for the Disabled assessment on Tuesday last week before heading out onto his first lessons.

Teddy arrived at the Wallington Hall yard last year after being purchased with donations made by the Flux Family Fund, the Florence Clarke Fund and Lynn Rotary Club.

The nine-year-old has become a firm favourite with clients who are able to enjoy carriage driving and riding lessons with Teddy.

Yard manager Natalie Dade said: “Now we have Teddy we are able to have the carriage horses go out together. We are able to give an extra nine lessons now.

“Teddy is cheeky and is popular with the clients.”

The centre has also been boosted by a £2,500 grant from West Norfolk Council, distributed by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Trustee Rosie O’Grady said: “This is great news for us as it will subsidise 30 weeks of Wednesday lessons. Although rider donations cover part of the cost, it is thanks to grants such as this that we can continue our work for people living with disabilities.”

To volunteer at the centre call 01553 810202.