We have a saddle club!

 

RAF Halton is a home for equitation in the RAF, and offers some of the best facilities available to servicemen and their dependants interested in horses.

Often seen as an elitist and expensive sport, horse riding is a great way to improve fitness, co-ordination and increase confidence. The RAF Halton Saddle club aims to ensure personnel of all ranks, abilities and experience have the opportunity to become involved in this rewarding sport. We cater for all abilities from budding Olympians to those who’ve never sat on a horse before.

Unfortunately, the Saddle Club is not as well known around Station as it should be but you’ll find us half way up Stable Road, just past the MT yard. Originally built to house part of the Rothschild’s animal collection, the stables are now home to the horses and ponies that are either owned by the Saddle Club or kindly loaned to us by their owners. Cordoba, Triunfador, Espartero, Scooby Doo, Wispa and Polo, are the horses and ponies who work for us on a daily basis. Wispa and Polo are used to introduce younger riders to the sport and for the older, larger and more experienced among us, Ex Kings Troop horse Cordoba and Spanish Horse, Espartero, are the perfect animals to develop your skills. To help you, we employ a full time stable manager and qualified riding instructor, Mrs Fee Lightfoot, who provides advice and support.

One to one lessons take place on the club’s all weather ménage most days, including weekends. Hacks are also offered where you have the chance of exploring some of our wonderful countryside on horseback. We are Pony Club accredited and run sessions on a Friday afternoon, for children to enjoy that “hands on” experience as well as working towards a range of achievement badges. We’re also registered with the Riding for the Disabled Association, providing weekly sessions to local school children with a range of requirements.

For those of you lucky enough to own your own horse or pony, we offer DIY livery at very competitive prices. Our prices are about the cheapest you’ll find in the local area. With a year’s membership starting at £25 for servicemen and MoD civil servants and half hour lessons from £18, the RAF Halton Saddle Club is real value for money. Keen to support our service family, we also offer a year’s free membership to the family of an individual deployed on operations. If you don’t want to ride, but enjoy being around horses, we’re always looking for personnel for jobs around the stables, shovelling is very good for core stability!! We’re always on the lookout for personnel after secondary duties.

So if you’re interested in finding out more about us, please pop along to the stables or call Mrs Fee Lightfoot, Stable Manager ext 6197 or 07780 862166.