Methodist Ladies College students volunteer time at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre

Year 10 MLC students Paige Taggart and Charlize Chen have been volunteering at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre. Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d488830a
Year 10 MLC students Paige Taggart and Charlize Chen have been volunteering at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre. Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d488830a

TWO Methodist Ladies College (MLC) students spent the week volunteering their time to help those with disabilities participate in horse riding at the Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre.

Year 10 students Paige Taggart and Charlize Chen helped with the running of the centre, which specialises in horse riding programs for those affected by conditions including cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome.

Both students led lessons, fed and groomed the horses.

“Most mornings we brushed the yard, and got it ready for the horses, picked up their manure, fed them, filled their water bowls and they would come up and we would put their saddles on,” Paige said.The girls were given the opportunity through the MLC Year 10 week of amazement program.

“Horse riding is therapeutic for people with disabilities and it’s been great helping them getting on a horse and leading them around the arena,” Charlize said.

The MLC Year 10 program encourages students to be pushed beyond their comfort zones and have experiences in the broader community.