Getting back into the Saddle at Crosby
Members of the District will be aware that our aim in charitable giving is to focus on smaller local Charities, where relatively small donations make a massive difference to their ability to continue their outstanding work.
Photo 1329              Making the presentation: Mark Barton, Paul Huyton, Paul Snape
This year, as a result of the highly successful District Lunch held in April, and thanks to Brethren of the District and your families for your support on that occasion, the District of West Lancashire was able to make a donation of £500.00 to Crosby Riding for the Disabled Association.
On this occasion, our Head Jockey (Aka District Grand Prefect Paul Snape), accompanied by his Deputy Mark Barton, met with Paula Huyton and other volunteers, together with some of the riders and their parents, to make the presentation.
Ponies, Riders and Volunteers
Crosby RDA was founded in 1974 and continues to provide horse riding therapy solely for those with disabilities. No matter what the disability is and no matter what their age, everyone is welcome to have the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve at
Crosby RDA.
Crosby RDA costs over £30,000 a year on running costs and is a self-funded charity run entirely on charitable donations, donations from their rides and the fundraising work done by their volunteers. 
The centre has five ponies: Ziggy, Polo, Rosie, Emma and Cindy.
The District donation will be used towards the cost of a specialist saddle.
Paula Huyton a volunteer at the centre receiving the cheque commented, “Horse Riding is not only a fun activity it is also very good for rider's physical and mental well-being. For many disabled people who find it difficult to get out and about, and for children it can often be the start of an independent life learning to become more confident, mixing with new people and often animals for the first time.”
Article and photos from our Equine Correspondent