Special funding helps equestrian centre to refurbish its arena

Funding from Sports Driving Unlimited (thanks to a grant from Sports Scotland) has enabled a UK equestrian centre for riders and drivers with disabilities to refurbish its indoor arena.

Riders and drivers at Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre near Lockerbie are enjoying the new surface supplied by Martin Collins Enterprises

Riders and drivers at Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre near Lockerbie are enjoying the new surface supplied by Martin Collins Enterprises

The indoor school at Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre near Lockerbie was in desperate need of an update. So, with the special funding and the support of Martin Collins Enterprises, the centre, which provides carriage driving and riding lessons for people with disabilities, has been able to revamp it’s arena with a brand new, top of the range surface.

The new Martin Collins Activ-Track surface that’s wax coated, dust free and doesn’t need watering, has transformed both the appearance of the indoor school and the experience of driving carriages within it.

“The previous surface was very dark and made the school rather gloomy”, says Chariots of Fire’s Liza Pern. “It’s now much brighter, it stays cleaner because the dust has gone and the carriages roll across the ground so much easier. We’re enjoying the building much more and you only have to look at the ponies to see how much they love it.”

Support for the project also came from The Morrison and Hedley Foundations, Annan Rotary Club, Scott Young of Boreland, Grange Quarries and Hire & Supplies Ltd Dumfries. Martin Collins Enterprises also played their part in this well deserving charity by supplying the surface at a substantial discount.

For more information about Chariots of Fire visit www.chariots.org.uk and for more information about Martin Collins Riding Surfaces visit www.martincollins.com

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