A GROUP that gives riding lessons to disadvantaged and disabled riders have launched a crowdfunding campaign.
Happy Hooves aims to raise £10,000 towards the building of a state-of-the-art all-weather indoor arena, opening doors to new possibilities for young individuals in need.
The Happy Hooves team believe that horses have the power to change lives and have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact it can have on mental health and motor skills through equestrian therapy.
However, the unpredictable weather in the region often limits the number of sessions they can offer at their Sanquhar base.
So, an all-weather indoor arena will be a game-changer, allowing Happy Hooves to provide year-round riding lessons and therapeutic sessions, irrespective of weather conditions.
It will create a safe, inclusive, and accessible space, ensuring that all riders, including those with disabilities, can experience the joy and benefits of equestrian therapy.
In addition, they say it would create employment and volunteer opportunities, foster education, and improve the overall health and well-being of young, disadvantaged individuals.
It will be a hub for the community, offering a café and retail space, Changing Space accessible toilet facilities.
Happy Hooves has already secured £100,000 from Sports Scotland and £100,000 from The Holywood Trust.
Founder and director of Happy Hooves Laura Wilson said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sports Scotland and The Holywood Trust for their belief in our mission.
“Now, we embark on the final leg of our journey, with an ambitious goal of raising £10,000 through crowdfunding to complete the project.”
The crowdfunding campaign is now live at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/happy-hooves-sanquhar-cic-indoor-arena-project-2.
Supporters have eight weeks, starting from July 27, to make a meaningful contribution and help Happy Hooves reach their target.