Nick Skelton is a world-renowned show jumping rider whose career has spanned nearly 38 years. Unfortunately, a near-fatal injury forced Nick to retire in 2001. Still, he made a remarkable recovery, and he is once again at the very top of the prestigious sport of international showjumping.
Harry is the son of an international show-jumper, Nick Skelton. He is a jump jockey, attached to the top yard of Paul Nicholls, and he has ridden over 100 winners, including the Irish Grand National.
Omagh Group of RDA would like to thank Boyd Bedding for their continued support. They have supplied the Group with their excellent Blue Frog dust-free shavings, free of charge for many years. This has been a lifeline for the Group. With up to 10 resident horses and ponies, bedding would be a massive cost for us. We are a charity run entirely by volunteers, without financial support from any formal source, depending on whatever we raise ourselves.
We have existed in our present purpose-built facility for nearly 40 years, normally offering between 60 to 80 children and adults with special needs the opportunity to benefit from riding and equine-assisted learning opportunities. In addition, over 20 young people with special needs take part in horse care and stable management sessions every week, leading to recognised qualifications in animal care and volunteering.
They can work in a dust-free environment thanks to the shavings provided by Blue Frog. The bales are easily moved and worked with; smells are kept to a minimum, important to people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Covid 19 has seriously affected the Group’s ability to fundraise. We reopened the centre on October 1st under new and strange restrictions. Our stables will become the heart of the Group’s activities for many participants who cannot ride without physical help from volunteers; social distancing will not allow this to happen. Thanks to Blue Frog, they can still enjoy being with their favourite horse or pony in a safe, dust-free environment.