Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pegasus Centre Is Given Its Wings; New Riding Facility Opens

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pegasus Centre Is Given Its Wings; New Riding Facility Opens

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MORPETH'S Pegasus Riding Centre won the seal of approval from county councillors, sponsors and equine management staff following an official opening this week.

The centre took two years to fund and build. In a ceremony to mark the completion and showcase the facility, Northern Construction Solutions Limited managing director Sean Anderson handed over the keys to Northumberland County Council chairman David Woodard. The complex has new and specially converted buildings which provide an array of specialised equipment to ensure that people with a wide range of disabilities are able to ride safely.

The centre has been funded by Northumberland County Council, Sport England, SITA Trust and a host of other charities and foundations and has received support from local landowners and the Morpeth Riding for the Disabled Group. Centre manager Wilma Lister said: "This is a fantastic day for us and we are very excited about being open for business.

"We are very proud of our state-of-theart facilities which include both indoor and outdoor arenas with dust-free surfaces and galleried viewing."

The centre will be open seven days a week and provides facilities for mentally or physically disabled children and adults. It will also provide riding lessons for able-bodied people and is available for private hire.

Councillors viewing the centre included Peter Jackson and Jeff Reid and a third member, Jim Smith, executive member for regeneration, planning and housing at Northumberland County Council added: "This centre is a credit to everyone who has been working hard over the last two years to make it happen. I wish them luck with their world's longest riding lesson attempt. It sounds like an excellent challenge."

Morpeth Group instructor and RDA National Deputy chairman Sam Orde said: "The new centre will allow Morpeth RDA Group to expand and offer riding to many more disabled people for the benefit of their health, wellbeing and enjoyment.

"As regional chairman of RDA, I constantly received enquiries from people with disabilities who wanted to ride but had to let them know that there were no spaces as all our existing groups had waiting lists. …

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