The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

Highly Approved British Horse Society Riding School

Approvals Award

LB of Hammersmith & Fulham Licence No. 2019/00107 5 Star Rating

Riding for the Disabled Centre, Pony Club Branch, BHS Approved,ABRS Honorary Member

Registered Charity Number 1045045

Please support by giving a donation https://www.justgiving.com/wormwoodscrubsponycentre

 Congratulations to RDA on the 50th Anniversary

 Congratulations also to Sam Cyrus who was chosen to be one of the 5o faces of RDA.

Sam has grown up at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre and is now employed as a groom.

Riding for the Disabled Association www.rda.org.uk

'Learning Through Ponies' at the

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

We are a centre that provides riding & equestrian activities for children and young people.

At the present time we have no vacancies on Saturday am/pm or Tuesday,Thursday pm but you are very welcome to come and pay us a visit and we can discuss any potential forth coming activities that your son/daughter may be able to part take in.

Pre Coach Training Day 

Monday 31st March there will be a RDA Pre Coaching training day held at WSPC. This for anyone who has completed the Training Modules 'Disability Awareness' 'Equine Knowledge' plus Mounting/Dismounting & Preparing & Assisting RDA sessions. To book on the course send an email to [email protected]

Bailey thanking her pony after her riding lesson

Clare Balding opens the Therapy Stable Yard Classroom 2015

Learning through ponies 2018

For the last 29 years the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre has been providing riders with physical disabilities & riders with special needs the opportunity to learn to ride and for them to benefit from the therapy that the horses & ponies freely give.

In addition to riding other sessions are also available which can simulate the young person to learn and develop.

These include -

'Grooming Time', where those who are unable to ride are given the opportunity to touch and get close to a horse by brushing and stroking.

'One With' This is a session which involves no riding but where under guidance the child/adult is given the opportunity to bond with a horse.

'Paint Pony'The is a session where the child/adult is given the opportunity to paint on the living pony.

This is either done with a brush, sponge or the hands. The session encourages co ordination, speech, release of tension, confidence and gives pleasure.

'Vaulting Sessions'

Vaulting is described as gymnastics on a horses. It is tremendous fun for the children and can help build their confidence. It is also a great way for children to be involved in an active team sport which motivates and can lead to strengthening of all muscles.

'Mechanical Horse' Sessions

Sessions on the mechanical horse can help build core muscles, build confidence, help with balance and can be immensely fun.

'Donkey Time' Sessions

Donkey time is ideal for any child who is unable to ride.

Wheelchairs can be taken into the stable where the child can touch, stroke, smell and watch the donkeys. If appropriate children are also shown how to brush the donkeys coat.

'Plant and Grow' Sessions

Young people are given the opportunity of learning basic gardening skills.

'Sensory Ride Out' Sessions

Riding out includes either riding out on one of the centre's own riding tracks, or riding out on the parkland of Wormwood Scrubs.

'Stable Yard Classroom' Sessions

Classroom sessions can include learning about ponies, drawing ponies,reading about ponies.

ASDAN Sessions

ASDAN is a recognised educational programme.

If you would like to book any of the above sessions then please send an email to [email protected] Mary Joy Langdon [email protected] 

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

25th Anniversary 25th September 2014

Children & young people ride for HRH the Princess Royal

HRH the Princess Royal presents the display riders with gold Loriner medals.

Two young riders present HRH the Princess Royal with a posy

One young rider riding with pride for the Princess Royal.

IMPORTANT NOTICE Monday 31st March 2020 RDA Pre Coaching day at the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre