The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation have honoured the local charity – The Horse Rangers Association – with their Clubmark accreditation. It’s given to youth organisations offering high quality duty of care and child protection; sports equity and ethics and club management.
Over 350 Horse Rangers attend sessions at the Hampton Court stables each week and all the activities rely on a team of over 200 dedicated volunteers.
Jackie Bryans took over as Director of the charity in 2007 and explained: “With a 4 year waiting list to become members we knew we were offering young people a fabulous experience where they were able to learn all aspects of equestrianism; from stable management to riding and everything in between. This Clubmark status reassures parents and partner organisations with whom we work that the young people entrusted to our care are in good hands. Next year we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary and I think it is a fantastic testament to our staff and volunteers that we have been awarded this public recognition for all their hard work.”
Stable Manager, Theresa Barrett, started as a Horse Ranger when she was 8 years old. Nearly thirty years later, she still volunteers a huge amount of her spare time to the charity in addition to her full time role and says “We pride ourselves on the high standards of our yard and what we are teaching the children. Having this work acknowledged at a national level by such highly regarded organisations in our industry is a terrific pat on the back.”
The Horse Rangers Association (Hampton Court) is a charity which supports the personal development of children and young people, regardless of background or ability, by teaching them to ride and look after horses. Over 400 members attend each week, including those with special needs.