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:

Christmas Quiz Results

A big thank you to Julie for organising the Christmas Quiz sheet – which raised an amazing £340 for the centre. Congratulations to the winners.

Thanks to everyone who purchased a sheet. We have included the answers below so you can see how you did and if you were like me, find out the ones you couldn’t get – they seemed so simple once I had seen the answers!

These are the quiz answers, please email us if you would like a copy in accessible format.

Christmas Quiz

Have you seen our Christmas Quiz Sheet? They are only a £1 and provide hours of fine trying to solve the clues. You can pick up a sheet at Barrow Farm RDA Riding School, Ingatestone Saddlery in Margaretting, House and Jackson Vets in Blackmore and Blackmore Tea Room.

Christmas Quiz Sheet

Thank you Hannah

Running a marathon is hard. I know as I have run three now, which is why we have to say a big thank you to Hannah Newton from Roxwell. Hannah ran Chelmsford Marathon on Sunday raising funds for us at the same time. It was a lovely day for running as it was cool (maybe a little too chilly at the start), dry and with very little wind. The marathon starts with a little loop in the city before coming out through Central and Admiral Parks to Writtle, Roxwell and Willingale. Although it is Essex it is quite an undulating course – definitely not flat. Hannah ran a fantastic time of 3:49:33 and has raised over £1500 to support riding for children and adults with disabilities at Barrow Farm. If you know Hannah and would still like to sponsor her amazing achievement take a look at her JustGiving page.

Many thanks Hannah and well done!

Thank you

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who attended the Curry Night on 28th March 2019. We raised £600. Thanks also to the staff of Baddow Tandoori for looking after us so well.

Isobel’s Running and Cycling Challenge

Volunteer Coach and Trustee Isobel decided to challenge herself this year and raise money for us at the same time. Last year we asked if Isobel wanted to run the Big Half (a London based half-marathon) but she turned us down claiming ‘I run anyway, why would anyone want to sponsor for me for something I already do’. But Isobel had never run a marathon so this year she decided to run the Blackwater Marathon – follows the canal from Chelmsford to Maldon before heading a long the sea wall to Tollesbury. And two weeks later to cycle around the north coast of Scotland – a route called the North Coast 500. Most people drive this scenic route rather than cycle and there is 8153m (which is in excess of 26,000 feet) of climbing to complete on the route.

Isobel completed the Blackwater Marathon on 31st March in a time of 4 hours and 26 minutes and was the first lady from a field of 20 female runners. She starts her cycle on 16 April. She is cycling between 33 miles on the shortest days to 62 miles on the longest days. This she says will be the biggest challenge – she hasn’t cycled further than 30 miles in a training ride and she doesn’t just have to do it on one day but 10 days in a row!

If you would like to sponsor Isobel you can go to her JustGiving page: or leave a donation at Barrow Farm RDA.

Going over the O2 arena in a wheelchair

For those scared of heights the thought of walking over the O2 arena may be daunting but it is a different challenge if you are unable to walk unaided. But this is what one of our riders, Emma, will be doing on 15th May to raise funds for Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled. Emma, who has been riding with us for over 20 years, states that the reason she is raising funds for us is because ‘(Barrow Farm RDA) helped me reach my dream of competing in off-lead dressage’.

Emma and Lula dressage

Emma’s goal is to help other riders with disabilities reach their dreams. To support her please donate via JustGiving by following this link.

Jamie is running the London Marathon for Barrow Farm

Jamie with Boycie and OwlyPlease consider sponsoring Jamie Newstead who is a Physical Development Teacher at Columbus School and College and will be running the London Marathon in aid of Barrow Farm in April. Columbus School and College caters for children and young adults with special educational needs. They have been coming to Barrow Farm since we started offering riding for the disabled 40 years ago (they were then Woodlands School). We are very grateful to Jamie for volunteering to run the London Marathon to raise essential funds that will help support our running costs. Jamie says about herself:

I’ve been a Physical Development teacher at Columbus School and College for 3 years now and have alway been passionate about sport. Football has always been my number one, playing for Colchester United Ladies for many years. As well as football, Ive also played Hockey and Cricket at county level for Essex. Over the past few years I started to struggle with injuries, so decided to take a step back from the the high intensity team sports and take up gentle jogging around the streets of Colchester. Quickly adapting, running seemed to suit my muscles and the injuries became less. 10K has quickly developed into my favourite distance to run, which I do 3 to 4 times a week. Last year I entered a number of 10K races in London, as well as the Colchester Half Marathon, and the Great South Run, in Portsmouth.
Running in the London Marathon has always been an aim for me and now the opportunity has arisen, I’m looking forward to every minute of it and the challenge ahead!

For more information and to sponsor Jamie take a look at her Just Giving page.

More fundraising news

Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the successful Fun Day on Sunday 9th October at Park Drive Health Club, Maldon raising £740 for us. There was lots going on including Go Karts, a bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ and a silent auction. Special thanks go to Linda, Natalie, Andrea, Viv and Sue for making it all happen. It looks like everybody had a good time!

Park Drive Fun Day