What is horse riding?
Horse riding, or equestrian sport, refers to the skill of training horses. Horses can be used for riding, driving and vaulting (the sport of gymnastics on the back of a horse). Horse riding can include a huge range of activities such as dressage, jumping, pleasure riding and for therapeutic reasons. Horse riding is a sport that anyone, regardless of age, ability or background can have a go at!
What is Hoof?
Hoof is the British Equestrians Federation's participation brand which aims to encourage more people to take up horse riding, driving, vaulting and volunteering. By connecting people to riding centres, schools, clubs and equestrian sporting organisations, Hoof, supported by Sport England funding, is helping more people to discover horses, get fit and improve their wellbeing.
Take Back The Reins
Fitting horses back into your life can be simple. Just half an hour of horse riding a week can boost your sense of wellbeing and help to keep you feeling healthy. Returning to riding may feel daunting but with the right horse to give you confidence it's amazing how quickly you will get going again. Take Back The Reins offers adult riders a seven week series of coaching designed specifically to support a riders first steps into the saddle.
Horse riding is now more accessible than ever thanks to a new initiative that helps riding schools to accommodate disabled participants. Accessibility Marked riding centres have undergone specialist training from Riding for the Disabled Association to enable them to offer fun and safe horse riding for people with disabilities.
Delivered through The Pony Club approved centres, Young Equestrians is predominately aimed at 13-18 year olds allowing more people to connect and re-engage with horse sport. Young Equestrians allows you to make new friends, develop your skills, have fun, try out some of the horse sports available and get fit in the fresh air. No matter what your ability your local Young Equestrians group has been designed to provide you with more choice and freedom whilst taking responsibility for the activities you take part in.
A national Hoof Business Network has been set up England wide to offer advice, guidance and support to help equestrian businesses thrive. Workshops, webinars and regular communications aim to address industry challenges, raise standards and share good practice as well as providing direction to equestrian businesses on available funding streams.
Coaching & Development
The British Equestrian Federation's 19 member bodies are delivering UKCC coaching courses from Levels 1-4 to ensure the highest levels of quality standard within all equestrian sports. The term coaching refers to teaching, instructing, training and all methods of helping a horse and rider partnership to improve. The promotion of quality coaching is the privilege and responsibility of all organisations involved in our sport. To find out more about funding coaching schemes please talk to you CSP.
More information can be found atwww.hoofride.co.uk
The local Hoof representative is Catherine Holland and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07818 418 770
Local Centres in Cornwall are:
Barguse Riding Centre, St Austell, 01208 831817, www.barguse.co.uk
Churchtown Morgans, Penzance, 01736 711508, www.oldvicaragepenzance.co.uk
TM International School of Horsemanship, Liskeard, 01579 362895, www.tminternational.co.uk
St Leonards Equitation Centre, Launceston, 01566 775543, www.stleonardsequestrian.co.uk
Newton Riding Holidays, Mullion, 01326 240388, www.newton-equestrian.co.uk
Also you can go to www.getactivecornwall.co.uk to search for clubs / activity near you!