News Letter December 2015
Firstly, apologies for the time lapse between the last newsletter and this new edition. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients Supporters and mentors a Very Merry Christmas from all at Firhill Stables
Our mailing list is increasing by the day so those of you that have been on board from the start please excuse me for going back over old events for the benefit of our new supporters and friends.
We are fully approved by Cornwall County Council and the New year holds the challenge of approving with both the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools.
Our last inspection fell at the same time that Our Senior Instructor Wendy’s partner, Mucker was going in for his hip replacement.
This resulted in Wendy teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown and confirmed to us that the last year has built some amazing Friendships
We owe our licence to some amazing people !
Firstly The Spriggians .
Regular visitors to Firhill, will be aware that Wendy’s Boyfriend is in a Bike Club.
The Club has been amazing and we have had gangs of Bikers turning up donning Wellington boots and doing very un-biker like tasks.
On the day in question 5 Bikers turned up at approximately 8 am and shovelled horse poo, raked, tidied and brushed yards.
These tattooed laden, leather clad friends have made our stables happen and prove no matter what horse you love.
Flesh or Iron everything is achievable!!
Also Helen Farrell who single handed spruced every horse with a full make over for the day.
John for doing his normal amazing job at mucking out!!!
Adam and Ruby that fitted emergency lighting within a morning on the day.
The Inspector was honest and commented that after the last inspection he did not think the list of tasks could be completed in time. He was really amazed that we had done it and congratulated us over and over.
So where are we going now????
We are applying for Pony Club centre membership, ASDAN Qualifications and the Young Equestrians scheme.
The Pony Club Centre membership allows children without the privilege of owning their own pony to achieve their goals and compete against those that have, whilst meeting new likeminded people of their own age.
The ASDAN Qualifications offer training to learning disabilities allowing them to move and progress up through their Qualifications on an achievable level.
The Young Equestrians encourages young people to make friends, Build self-confidence and try activities outside of their common interest.
With this we aim to promote greater interaction between our own club members and also other stables, with activities such as bowling, cinema trips, BBQ’s ect.
We are now offering the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate and Progressive riding tests.
We will also in the new year be offering in the New Year, Riding and Road Safety Training.
We are now looking for Committee members for the Friends of Firhill,
Our aim is to launch the Charity based organisation to facilitate further with our work in the Autistic Spectrum and the importance in training surrounding all Disabilities.
Coming from care backgrounds we are aware that the odd training course in this subject is not enough and lack of training could be very detrimental to our students
After working with a Gentleman called Tigger Pritchard from then Truro College, at Chiverton RDA.
Wendy gained vast experience from his 20 years’ knowledge in working with the Autistic Spectrum and methods of training. Wendy and Tigger are joining forces to tailor learning opportunities for each individual and group we teach.
Tigger will also be holding regular training sessions for Firhill .
These are for Firhills Staff, Volunteers and parents, but also for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper knowledge in the Spectrum.
Our First Training Day will be Wednesday 20th January. The course will run from 10 till 3 pm (Light Lunch Provided). Deposit of £15 upfront to secure place.
Christmas Vouchers now in with a picture of your favourite horsey member of the team.
These can be custom made with the horse of your choice as can Christmas cards.
They can be for any number of lessons.
Pay for 5 lessons get 1 free Voucher or custom make your own. Just message me with details, £5.00 off Membership until Christmas entitling bearer to £5.00 off each lesson,
Happy Housewives every Thursday (Members Only) all information on the net firhillstables.co.uk
Cool Chrissi Prezzie for school mates for £2.50 each guys
£5.00 off first lesson vouchers for your school friends
£5.00 off Poloshirts for Christmas other colours available at extra cost. Colour Charts in office or Fruit of the Loom website. Baseball Caps, Mugs Plates.
Recommend a Friend
Each student at Firhill who can encourage 5 new riders to book and attend a lesson and the learner continues for 3 lessons. Will receive 1 lesson free for themselves.
19th December Own a Pony Day ( the next in an ongoing progressive training programme helping children to learn how to look after their own ponies .Use ours or your own )10-2pm
20th December Christmas Cracker Gymkhana 12-3
21st December Pimp my pony day (Best Christmas Pony Fancy Dress Prize )10 –2pm and lots of Fun !!!!
22nd December Fancy Dress Pub Ride (Grown up
Children Welcome )11-4pm
24th December Ponies and Parcels Treasure Hunt
(Let us look after the kids whilst you get the last minute
28th December Own a Pony Day 10 -2pm
29th December Christmas Canter (lets wear off a few of those mince pies )11am Start all abilities catered for
3rd January Fancy Dress Pub Fun ride 11am at
Firhill ( lets welcome the new year in all welcome)
Should you need to contact us for any reason we now have several methods of doing so: our website firhillstables.co.uk
Our Facebook page Firhill stables Bodmin
By mail Firhill Stables, Firhill House , Nanstallon, nr Bodmin ,Cornwall, PL30 5LL or you can phone us on 01208 831765 0r 07773397823