Big win for riding for disabled group

Shire President Helen Dullard said the award acknowledged individuals, community groups and businesses that include people with disability and their families, friends and carers in their activities or workplaces.

�Conducted by trained volunteers and led by coach Willie Warnock, the Hills RDA riding program gives children and young people increased social confidence, contentment, higher self-esteem and increased physical wellness,� Councillor Dullard said.

The riding group received a certificate and a jarrah trophy made by the Mundaring Community Men�s Shed at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Hills RDA coach Willie Warnock said the group was thrilled with the award.

�This is a fantastic acknowledgment of our work to date with people with a disability and the opportunities we provide,� she said.

�Our next project is to find a larger premise which has capacity for at least 12 horses, so that we can address the long wait list of riders who are missing out.�

The riding group is taking a leadership role in developing the Hippo program, a therapy that utilises the rhythmic movement of a horse.