Horses for disabled move to new home

Clockwise from above: Leanne Powell and Melanie Hallett enjoy a carriage ride; Kiara Colbung and Glenys Wicks; and Zach Ackland and Den Stanley.
Clockwise from above: Leanne Powell and Melanie Hallett enjoy a carriage ride; Kiara Colbung and Glenys Wicks; and Zach Ackland and Den Stanley.

The Shire of Northam has given in-principle approval of the move for the centre, which provides a service to the disabled who want to benefit from therapeutic and recreational equestrian activities, but are unable to ride a horse.

Den Stanley, who runs the centre from her property, said she started planning the move two years ago after her husband suffered a heart attack.

‘We don’t know how long we will be at this house. We want to make sure it continues,’ she said.

‘I was head coach of the Riding for the Disabled Association in Albany and I saw a need for it here. We started the centre five years ago.’

The volunteer-run centre has received funding from the RDA to help move equipment and buildings to the equestrian centre.

Shire of Northam also donated a wheelchair carriage to allow the disabled to enjoy a unique riding experience.

Centre president Glenys Wicks said her aim was to ‘make life better for those that come here’.

‘I had three healthy kids of my own and I feel lucky,’ Mrs Wicks said. ‘I wanted to help those that were not as lucky.’

Mrs Stanley said everyone who volunteered at the centre was passionate about the experience.

‘The horses are hard to come by and we are always screaming for more volunteers,’ she said.

‘We are ideally looking for 10 more. They don’t have to be experienced with horses.’

For details, call 9574 1773.