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Horse Rangers' Association gets Clubmark accreditation
An equine charity that helps young people learn to ride and look after horses has been given Clubmark accreditation.
The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation honoured the Horse Rangers’ Association with the special status, given to organisations that offer a high duty of care and child protection, sports equity and ethics and club management.
More than 350 young rangers attend sessions at the Hampton Court stables each week and the activities rely on the help of a team of more than 200 dedicated volunteers.
Jackie Bryans took over as director of the charity in 2007 and said it now has a four year waiting list.
She said: “This clubmark status reassures parents and partner organisations with whom we work that the young people entrusted to our care are in good hands.
“Next year we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary and I think it is a fantastic testament to our staff and volunteers that we have been awarded this public recognition for all their hard work.”
Stable manager Theresa Barrett started as a Horse Ranger when she was eight years old and nearly 30 years later is still volunteering her time in addition to her full time role.
She said: “We pride ourselves on the high standards of our yard and what we are teaching the children.
“Having this work acknowledged at a national level by such highly regarded organisations in our industry is a terrific pat on the back.”
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