Horse lovers of Sanquhar and Upper Nithsdale are buzzing with excitement as Happy Hooves Sanquhar C.I.C, a much-loved riding school and equestrian centre, announces the success of its recent crowdfunding campaign.
Thanks to an outpouring of support from local residents and beyond, Happy Hooves has not only met but surpassed its £10,000 fundraising target, bringing its vision of an accessible, inclusive indoor equestrian arena closer to reality.
The community’s enthusiasm for the ambitious project is evident as donors, riders, local businesses and supporters rallied together to contribute to this worthy cause. The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust generously donated £7000 to the campaign. The Trust continues the legacy of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, a racing commentator and philanthropist known for his contributions to horse racing and charitable work.
Laura Wilson, the driving force behind Happy Hooves, expressed her thanks to all those who have made the campaign a success. “We are absolutely over the moon with the support we have received. This is a huge step forward for the project and demonstrates the public demand for the type of facilities we have planned”.
The funds will play a pivotal role in bringing the long-awaited Indoor Arena to life. This state-of-the-art facility will provide a versatile all-weather space for riding lessons and training, and with a vision for community empowerment and learning, the arena will collaborate with Upper Nithsdale Riding for the Disabled Association to offer transformative therapeutic programs for riders with complex physical and emotional needs.
Among its features are a Changing Space accessible toilet and shower, dedicated equipment to support disabled riders, a soft play area, retail space, and a café. Furthermore, the arena will open its doors to a range of community activities, like dog agility and other sporting events.
You can continue to donate to the Crowdfunding appeal until 20th September.
For more information about Happy Hooves and their mission, please visit https://happyhoovessanquhar.co.uk/new-indoor-arena-project
About Happy Hooves Sanquhar CIC:
Happy Hooves Sanquhar CIC is a community interest company based in Sanquhar. Committed to providing riding lessons and support to disadvantaged and disabled riders of all ages, Happy Hooves believes in the transformative power of equestrian therapy. The company is raising funds to build an all-weather indoor arena, enabling them to expand their reach and make a lasting impact on the community. With our upcoming indoor facilities, including a café, soft play area, classrooms for equine care training, and space for community use, we aim to be a hub of learning, engagement, and support. Our ambition is to make a positive impact on Sanquhar and its surrounding areas, fostering a vibrant and resilient local economy.
About the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust:
The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust is dedicated to improving the lives of those in need through grants to charitable organisations. By supporting a range of causes, including healthcare, welfare, and education, the Trust continues the legacy of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, a racing commentator and philanthropist known for his contributions to racing and charitable work.