For 45 years we have been riding high at Barrow Farm enabling people with special needs and disabilities to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding.

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Elvis & Friends, Performance by Rockersal Friday 23rd September 2022


Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations – Fun Walk

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Sponsored Virtual Fun Walk, organised by Basildon, Billericay & Wickford Council for Voluntary Services on behalf of the Fun Walk Trust.

We will report back soon as to how much money was raised.


SEiB RDA Centre of the Year 2021

Thank you to those of you who nominated us and those who helped with what turned out to be a winning video. Everyone who took part, riders, parents, carers, volunteers, your brilliant comments about what makes us special helped us win. We are so proud of our team!

Christmas raffle 2021

Thank you so much to everyone who purchased raffle tickets or donated prizes.  We raise an amazing £1460!

The winners have been notified and will be announced in our next newsletter.

Elvis & Friends, Performance by Rockersal 9th Oct ’21

We had a fantastic evening and raised £750.  Thank you so much to Janet and her team for all their hard work in making sure everything ran smoothly and that everyone had a great time.

Barrow Farm RDA Christmas Quiz 2020 – Answers!

Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of our Quiz, we hope you had fun doing it.
From the Quiz sheets returned we are pleased to announce the winners:-
1st Prize to:- Mark McCallum of Little Baddow
2nd Prize to:- Christina Brewster of Writtle
The Quiz has raised £351 for Barrow Farm Riding for Disabled
Your support is much appreciated – Here are the answers!

Generous legacy

We are very honoured and grateful to receive a legacy of £10,000 from Kelly Saxby on behalf of her friend Mrs Irene Petrie who left money for her to distribute between charities.  Kelly knew Mrs Petrie for over 30 years and she was the kindest, most caring natured person.  Kelly has chosen us as Mrs Petrie was a huge animal lover, was acting auntie to so many people’s children, and anything that helped improve lives, any way she could find to be there for people, she would. Kelly says Mrs Petrie would have been so happy to know how much this will help especially in the difficult times we all have currently found ourselves in.  We have invited Kelly to come, when she is able to, and see what a difference a donation like this makes to other people’s lives.  Thank you from all of us. 

Some fundraising news

Brentwood-a-Becket Rotary have been supporting Barrow Farm for many years and this year they have given us £3200 to be used to help us through the uncertain financial situation of 2021.  On receiving a thank you note from us, Geoff Morgan, Chair of their Charity Committee, said “I have shared your letter with all our members. It has lifted our spirits at this COVID riven time.”  Their contribution has lifted our spirits too!!

Brentwood Rotary asked for applications to a fund that they had to distribute to local charities which was created off the back of a Crowdfunding programme that they ran earlier this year.  The fund was given to assist local charitable groups and was specifically based upon the effects that the Covid-19 pandemic was having on those and their abilities to continue providing their good works in the community. We were delighted to be awarded the sum of £1400 for which we are very grateful. 

Anne receives President’s Award

Anne’s dedication to RDA has been recognised this year as a recipient of the President’s Award. The President’s Award is the most prestigious award presented by RDA National and is given for exceptional dedication at either national or local level. Anne has been involved in RDA for over 40 years and has gone above and beyond both for the group and through volunteer roles at County and Regional level, as well as getting involved in many national initiatives.

Anne holding her President's Award certificate

Fun Walk

A big thanks to Simon, Mel (behind the camera) and Toby the dog for raising £200 sponsorship plus Gift Aid at this year’s 5K Fun Walk.  This year was different with everyone arranging their own walk with social distancing and our group was joined by supporters of REACH Hippotherapy at Gloucester Park, Basildon on 13 September.  Many thanks to volunteer Linda Poole (pictured) for organising.  Well done everyone.

Linda, Simon and Toby the dog at the Fun Walk in Gloucester Park, Basildon

Re-opening Phase 1

We are pleased to be able to tell you that following a lot of hard work by trustees and staff we have been given the go-ahead to start a phased re-opening. We have worked tirelessly to put in place appropriate hygiene measures and to look at how we can begin offering activities safely within government guidelines.

Phase 1 has involved running a pilot with a small number of riders who need minimal assistance. Where assistance is required for mounting we have had to train family members to provide this due to social distancing requirements. We have now welcomed back three riders, with a few more due to start over the next week. These early riders have been invaluable in working out what works and what doesn’t, this is very much a project in progress.

We are currently planning some ideas for non-riding activities for riders and volunteers to get involved in that can be undertaken within current social distancing guidelines for those unable to get back to riding yet. Look out for an email coming soon, if you have not already received it.

Please note that we are not able to take on any new riders at present as it is not possible to do a rider review under current social distancing guidance and our priority is to get our current riders back on board. Can we take this opportunity to thank all our riders, drivers, their families and carers, our volunteers and all our supporters for your continued patience and support in this difficult time.

Help Feed the Horses Quiz Sheet

Please help our fundraising by having a go at our “horsey-themed” quiz of 30 questions. The quiz sheet can be downloaded below. There is a mauve “Donate with JustGiving link button on the right hand side and we ask for a minimum of £2 for the quiz sheet.

Help Feed the Horses Quiz Sheet

1st Prize – £20 plus a Barrow Farm horse/pony sponsorship of your choice.

In addition, there will be a 2nd Prize of A Barrow Farm horse/pony sponsorship of your your choice. Your completed Quiz Sheet can be sent in or emailed to us to be in with a chance of a prize, details are on the Quiz Sheet.

Closing date for Quiz entries – 31st May 2020

Fundraising Run

Stephen King is President of the The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Rivermead, to mark his year as President and in the absence of normal fundraising activities due to the Covid19 Lockdown he has chosen to take on the challenge of running – possibly walking at times🤷‍♂️ – 10 miles on Sunday 17th May (This being the date of the now postponed Baddow Races 2020) that was planned to raise funds for Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled. Please do support him.

To donate and see Stephen’s latest updates please go to his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-king49

A Lockdown Poem by Volunteer Jo

Our first poem, from Saturday volunteer Jo, thank you Jo, we are sure you speak for many of our volunteers.

I am living in unprecedented times,
I don’t know what will happen,
I am in lockdown and can’t go out or mix with all my friends.
I can’t see all my family which is very hard to bare.
But what I miss so very much is volunteering for Barrow Farm.
I miss the riders smiling faces,
I miss the horses dance, to our wonderful musical rides, it really is a laugh.
I miss our lessons with the coaches,
Where the riders learn a lot,
I miss the silly games we play, where I always try and cheat.
I hope that this will soon be over and we all are safe and able,
Then we can all get back to helping Barrow Farm and the Riding for the Disabled.