QLD - McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled
Located in the Brisbane suburb of Pinjarra Hills the McIntyre Centre – Pony Riding for the Disabled Association is a community organisation specialising in equine programs for people with a disability. They pride themselves on providing therapeutic, fun and safe programs to riders of all ages and abilities.
Well documented research shows that horse riding can be used as a positive tool in the physical and occupational therapy of children with disabilities. The McIntyre Centre offers a therapueutic and recreational horse riding class for up to 40 children each Saturday, but their wait-lists are long - sometimes up to three-years for a child to be given the opportunity to participate in the semester long program.
With the $5,000 SUEZ Community Grant, the McIntyre Centre can now provide 12 new riders with a disability, between the ages of five and 17, to take part in the Saturday program. The one hour sessions take place over 18 weeks and are run by qualified coaches and supported by trained volunteers.
This program caters to a range of abilities from children in wheelchairs which require a leader and two assistants to help the rider balance, through to children who can ride independently. The aim of these sessions are to help the children improve across a variety of different development areas including physical, personal and emotive, educational and social.
The uniqueness of the program is that the coaches and volunteers can disguise the therapeutic riding session as a fun and enjoyable activity in the outdoors, a session that is sometimes the highlight of a child's week.
To find out more about this incredibly beneficial program that is contributing to improved human health and wellbeing as well as encouraging recreation and community building, visit the McIntyre Centre Riding for Disabled website.
The SUEZ Community Grant cheque presentation to the McIntyre Centre was attended by Federal Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice, State Member for Moggill, Dr Christian Rowan, and Pullenvale Councillor, Margaret de Wit.
As Federal Member for Ryan, Jane Prentice said, “The McIntyre Centre is crucial to the wellbeing of so many disabled young people not only in my electorate, but throughout Brisbane. I am delighted twelve more children will benefit from their vital programs.”
Dr Rowan was also pleased to hear about the SUEZ community grant funding saying, "The educational, social and recreational benefits that this grant will provide for riders at the McIntyre are enormous."
You can read our media release here.