Coming soon – Silent Auction

Watch this space for information – a group of lovely people are putting together a 2023 Silent Auction in aid of the Cavalier Centre. Running from late March next year, there will be all kinds of things to bid on, including experiences as well as items donated by local businesses. We’ll keep you updated in the new year…

Congratulations to our STEPS participants!

We have just completed another successful STEPS Wellbeing & Confidence Building Programme, which is funded by Reaching Communities – National Lottery.  This time around we worked with 12 participants during the 8 week programme where they all enjoyed learning about our ponies, the centre, RDA, horse care and wellbeing. Also between them they have completed a total of 23 RDA Online Horse Care Qualifications.

To celebrate completion we gathered together the steps participants with their friends and families and also invited local organisations by holding a festive event with horse riding lessons in the main arena.  This was accompanied with festive music, homemade bakes, mince pies and lots of hot drinks to keep everyone warm!  Check out the photos to see what we they have been up too.

Cavalier Christmas

As we head towards Christmas, we’re very aware of the multiple competing events and priorities everyone has. That’s why this year, we’ve decided NOT to hold a Christmas event on Saturday 17th December, and instead have a celebratory week instead.

So from next week, for all the sessions, there will be mince pies and cake, as well as hot drinks available for everyone to enjoy. You’ll be able to make Christmas wishes and attach them to our tree, give carrots to your favourite horses and more. And don’t forget there will be raffle tickets for sale in case you want to win a Christmas hamper.

We stop regular sessions from Monday 19th December, but until then, we look forward to seeing you and celebrating the festive season!

Raffle to win amazing Christmas Hampers!

Have you picked up your raffle tickets to win one of THREE incredible prizes? The first is a Christmas Food, Wine and Cake Hamper, the second prize is a Warm and Cosy Hamper and the third is pies from Ryans of Much Wenlock.

Tickets are £1.00 each and available from the Cavalier Centre. The draw takes place on December 17th, so don’t delay. You’ve got to be in it, to win it!

All proceeds will go towards replacing riding hats that need to be retired due to updated safety legislation.

Save the date – events for 2023 (so far…)

We wanted to let you know about some forthcoming dates in 2023, so you can put them on your calendars. They are:

January 11th, 2023 at 6:00pm

A talk about the Retraining of Racehorses – information at https://www.ror.org.uk/training/63488

February 11th, 2023

Side saddle clinic on the mechanical horse – information either by Facebook message “Rachael Forkings Side Saddle Instructor” or her email [email protected]

March 18th, 2023

Volunteer thank you – information to follow

March 2023

There’s going to be an online auction in aid of the Cavalier Centre. Please get in touch if you can donate an experience or prize.

April 13th, 2023

Dressage to music with Nick Lawson – information to follow

 

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre 2022 – thank you!

A huge thank you goes to all the amazing volunteers who staffed our stand at the Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre on December 3rd. It was a packed and busy day and along with raising some much needed funds for the Centre, we also made sure that everyone who passed by got to hear about the wonderful work that goes on with our horses and our humans. Thank you!

Changes to the team at the Cavalier Centre

They say that there’s nothing so constant in life as change, and that’s certainly true at the Cavalier Centre.

This December we’re going to be seeing a few changes in the staff team here. One of the changes is to cover Jessica Pink, who will be going on maternity leave. We’re excited for her as she becomes a mum, but will miss her very much while she’s away. It’s going to be strange not to see her on the Yard!

Also, Annabel Bolton is taking up a part-time role with Hertfordshire County Show, and so is going to be job-sharing from January.

All of these changes means we’re going to have some familiar faces taking up new staff roles here at the Centre.

First of all, we’re very happy to let you know that Lisa Bartlett, our current Yard Support, will be job sharing as Yard Manager with Annabel, so on the days that Annabel is away from the Centre, Lisa will take up the reins (no pun intended!).

To cover Jess’s maternity leave, we’re also thrilled that one of our volunteers, Zara Philpott, will be working as full-time Yard Coordinator.

And lastly, in the beginning of January, we’re very pleased to welcome another volunteer, Richard Belcham, in a new part-time role as Activity and Events Co-ordinator. He’ll be working Monday, Thursday and Saturday, to look after non-ridden activities, as well as continuing to facilitate a Stable Relationships programme, and offer general yard support.

Pampering Ponies With Harper Adams University

Over the last few weeks we’ve enjoyed having students from Harper Adams University working as physios with our horses and ponies. They have been lovely to have around – and our equines have thoroughly loved the attention, the tweaks and the massages. The work they do is very much appreciated and helps keep our four-legged team members in excellent health.

Your Christmas Shopping Solved!

 

If you’re looking for ideas for Christmas – and want to support the important work of the Cavalier Centre – then here’s all the information you need! Whether you want to buy a pack of cards to send to friends and neighbours, or would love to sponsor a pony, you can find out all the information here. Please take a look and then come and see us at the Centre to pick up and pay!

 

We’ll be selling raffle tickets soon, as well as being at the Much Wenlock Fayre on December 3rd, 2022, so please drop by and say hello… 

 

Thank you and together we can make a big difference!

 

 

 

Cavalier Centre Christmas tree decorations
Available at the Cavalier Centre
£2.00 each

 

New Christmas cards designed by Erin Bowman
Available at the Cavalier Centre and at St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury
£5.00 for 10

 

Christmas cards based on our ponies designed by Lorna Hussey
Available at the Cavalier Centre and at St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury
£5.00 for 10

 

Mugs – English bone china, fired in stoke, decorated in Hodnet
Available at the Cavalier Centre
£5.00 for 10

 

Cavalier Centre Cotton Bags
Available at the Cavalier Centre
£5.00 each

 

Gift Certificates for all kinds of horsey things!
Available at the Cavalier Centre
Various prices from £5 to £75

 

Plus, you can sponsor a horse or pony!
Available at the Cavalier Centre – includes a framed photo, visits and as many hugs as you can manage!
as well as a Christmas card from your pony, certificate of sponsorship and invites to supporters’ events
Only £50 for the year

Making an impact

We’re often asked about what we do at the Cavalier Centre, and what difference we make. There are so many stories of lives transformed and changed thanks to the amazing work of our horses, our volunteers and our team, so we thought we’d collect them all, along with some statistics, and put together our first annual Impact Report.

We would love it if you’d take a few moments to have a look …

2021-22 Impact Report

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