An East London riding centre is excited to be offering a state-of-the-art equestrian simulator to its customers, from beginners to more experienced riders.

Lee Valley Riding Centre in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, said the technology will “elevate the riding learning experience” for its hundreds of clients from London and beyond. The centre, which is operated by charitable social enterprise Better, is known for its diversity and supporting riders of all abilities.

The interactive Dressage RD Simulator, worth £76,000, is designed to simulate different types of horses and various riding scenarios, and will be used for beginners through to more experienced riders, children and disabled riders. It will also provide therapeutic sessions for those with disabilities.

Enabling riders to enhance their skills and balance through its immediate visual feedback on seat position and riding movements, the simulator provides an innovative way to develop skills in the saddle.

Lee Valley Riding Centre. Photo: Eleanor Bentall.

“We are delighted to be making this investment,” said Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. “Lee Valley Riding Centre has always catered for riders with a range of disabilities and with the introduction of the simulator we will increase this provision, allowing new audiences to try riding for the first time and building the confidence and skills for many to progress onto a real horse.

“The centre is widely used by riders of all abilities and we are thrilled that the simulator will aid their progression, including equestrians riding at the highest level.”

Nicky Ward, General Manager at Lee Valley Riding Centre, said the new addition would not only impact their
experienced riders, but also open the way for people of all skill levels and availabilities to take a step into the sport.

“For the hundreds of people who come to the riding centre to learn from scratch or improve their equestrian skills this new equipment will have a huge impact and we’re so proud to be able to offer it for the local community and those who travel from further afield,” she added.

Lead image of the new simulator, by Lee Valley Riding Centre

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