Spooky fun for Pegasus riders
Halloween festivities got off to a spooky start at The Pegasus Centre in Morpeth on Friday when the riders, and even some of the ponies, donned creepy costumes.
The party day kicked off with a countryside challenge where the riders from the Morpeth Group of Riding for the Disabled applied all the skills they had learnt on visits to the centre over recent months.
The riders were challenged to post a letter into a letterbox on horseback, use their steering skills to weave in and out of obstacles, circle around a duck pond, trot in a straight line and open a gate to take the pony out.
Once the challenge was over rosettes were awarded by Councillor Cath Homer and drinks and spooky snacks served.
The Morpeth Riding For The Disabled Group is a registered charity giving people with special needs and disabilities a chance to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding specially trained ponies.
Over 300 riders aged between 4 to 40 years use the centre each week, travelling from all over the county and even Tyneside to attend.
Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“ The party was tremendous fun and showed how fantastically well the riders have progressed in their horsemanship skills.
“ Many of the people who attend the centre have complex disabilities. Horse riding is an amazing therapy for them as it provides a new sense of freedom, achievement and independence while at the same time improving strength, balance and coordination. ”
The Pegasus centre would like to say a special thank you to Sainsburys, Morrisons and Iceland who provided the party food for the event.