The Cavalier Centre

Cavalier Centre

The Cavalier Centre is Severn Edge Vets chosen charity for 2016. Through fundraising events and campaigns we hope to aid in the amazing work that the centre provides for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults.

Through our sponsorship we hope that the the Cavalier Centre will be a designated centre for the Riding for the Disabled Association, and the home of  Perry RDA Ltd, one of over 600 RDA groups throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health through education and fun with horses. Severn Edge equine vets take pride in looking after and caring for the horses whenever required.

Each week well over 25,000 children and adults across the United Kingdom enjoy the experience of riding, vaulting or carriage driving – with opportunities to join in social activities, competitions, or to take a holiday. These activities combine to bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and do much to improve a wide range of medical conditions.

The Perry Riding for the Disabled Group has grown from strength to strength since 1995 when it was first established. Located six miles from Shrewsbury the group provides both riding and driving facilities solely for disabled children and adults.

The therapeutic benefits of riding are numerous and as well as the physical benefits improving posture, becoming stronger and more supple, it improves awareness, communication and confidence. Ranging from ‘pure fun’ through to international dressage the group provides the ideal combination of enjoyment and fulfilment that comes from being with the specialist ponies within a community of like-minded people.
Perry RDA currently support over 70 participants throughout Shropshire. It has been apparent for some time that new premises are needed offering indoor facilities to cope with an ever increasing demand. Up to 280 individual sessions are cancelled every year due to bad weather.

The Cavalier Centre, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with help from money raised in conjunction with Severn Edge, will be the future home of Perry Riding for the Disabled. This development is for totally inclusive use of all equestrian activities by people with physical and intellectual disabilities. There is no other facility like it in the West Midlands and it will enable so many more disabled individuals to access the kind of activities that are proven to promote good health and well- being.  We expect to support a further 220 participants at the new centre, allowing us to change many more lives into the future.

The Centre will be run as a ‘not for profit’ organisation and will also be used for Disability Cricket training, Wheelchair Archery, Para Modern Pentathlon training and many more. The project is supported by British Equestrian Federation, the British Driving Society, the Children and Young Peoples services of the Shropshire Council, Wenlock Olympian Society, the Special Olympics, Para Equestrian Training, Special Schools and the armed forces for rehab for injured servicemen and women.

The Centre Will Provide

Cavalier Centre

Hippotherapy

Physiotherapy on ponies run by qualified staff.

Therapeutic Riding

Using horses to help balance, spatial awareness, social skills, improved self-esteem.

Equestrian Vaulting

Gymnastics on a horse to help improve social interaction, balance, sensory perception, team spirit.

Carriage Driving

Allowing people with disabilities which preclude them being able to ride, as well as wheelchair users, access to equestrian sport.

Fundraising from Severn Edge…..

Mudtastik Mud Run

Severn Edge took part in a Mud Run in aid of the Cavalier Centre, raising an amazing £3400. Vet Penny was the first 5k female over the finish line and we captured the event in all its glory!

Mudtastik Mud Run

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