Riding for the Disabled in Port Pirie are closer to securing another pony for their younger riders after a generous donation from Coles saw them gifted $2,000.
Anne Rogers one of the coaches explained that the non-for-profit organisation will soon have to rest one of their ponies due to sore feet. In the meantime, they need to ensure that they still have the ability to run classes.
"We have Jack, who has been in the program for 11 years is now and is 20-years-old, he is a therapy pony and gets used every lesson, but he has saw feet at the moment and that is just something that old ponies get and he will need to be rested.
"That is going to leave a huge hole in our program. It is not easy to get a pony in the program. We have to go through the process of getting someone balanced to sit on him, then you have to teach him to manage with people who move constantly and sit in different positions," Anne explained.
With the help of Coles who internally raised funds and then hosted a cake sale, they were able to come up with the funds which will cover at least half of the cost of a new pony.
"What we wanted to do this year from our store is that Coles give us the scope to go and raise money for charities and we wanted to do something for our local community," Aleasha Amato said.
"We heard that the Riding for Disabled wanted a bit of fundraising. We went and raised $1,000. When we rang up they said they were in much need of a pony. When I spoke to the team they wanted to do something, so they all donated and we had a massive cake stall and raised an additional $1,000."
A lot of work will now go into securing a pony that is the right fit for the association. Anne explains that not every horse is suited for what they do.
"It is not a quick fix and the other thing is, not every horse is suitable for RDA. They have to have a nice personality. They have to be the right sort of horse. It is hard work." The RDA have a come and try day at their centre on Anzac Road on March 23 from 9.30am to 11.30am. To register, please contact Anne on 0409 639 243.