We are a full time riding therapy centre situated two miles from Bishop Auckland, in the little village of Escomb, South West Durham. We opened in the autumn of 2007 with an ambition to provide opportunities for both disabled and non-disabled people to ride in County Durham. Location Map
At the Riding Centre for Special People (RCfSP) we believe and have experienced the benefits of working with and spending time with animals. We have various animals living with us and encourage visitors to meet and make friends with our furry friends.
Our riders range from the age of 4 years and older with various riding competencies.
Disabled riders visiting our centre experiencing a range of disabilities participate in riding lessons, hacks out, carriage driving and stable management activities.
Disabled riders are able to attend as part of our Day Care provision, spending all day helping and learning to care for the Centre’s equines and other small animals.
Non-disabled Lessons benefit from our indoor arena and hacks out. They are suitable for both children and adults. All visitors are supervised by an experienced instructor. For a total beginner, the lessons are designed to develop the fundamentals of safe horse riding, with the aim to become a proficient walk, trot and canter rider at a pace that meets your requirements. If you're an experienced rider, sessions can be designed to meet specific skill development you’re interested in learning, with the aim to make you a better, more confident rider.
All our instructors are highly experienced and qualified with a focus to help you reach goals.
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What our visitors say: Laura - attends on a Friday. “I really enjoy going to the centre. I have made lots of friends and I like working with the animals. My favourite horse is Ruby. Riding her has really helped my weaker side and has given me more strength in my ankle."
Interesting facts: Ponies are small horses. They are measured in hands (4 inches or 10 centimetres). A horse is over 14.2 hands.