FarmAbility is SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials’ chosen charity for 2019. FarmAbility co-farmers are people with learning disabilities and autism who contribute to farms and growing spaces across Oxfordshire. While learning practical skills in animal care, vegetable growing, woodworking and other farm-based activities, co-farmers demonstrate that disability shouldn’t prevent you from doing things you enjoy, belonging to a friendly and productive team or becoming a thriving, active member of society.
In the build-up to SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, which takes place from 19-22 September, co-farmers from FarmAbility will be assisting the events team in preparing fences and arenas, and helping with other practical tasks.
FarmAbility’s Director, Sarah Giles, said: “Co-farmers face a number of challenges in their
lives: at FarmAbility we tackle the barriers they face to having a regular, meaningful occupation with all the benefit to physical health, mental well-being and social connectivity that this brings. FarmAbility offers outdoor activities inspired by the rich combination of nature, animals, fresh air and physical exercise to engage people with differing abilities and needs.
“We’re lucky to have three beautiful horses - Dahrish, Monty and Marlene. While they won’t win prizes for show jumping or dressage, our horses have a gold medal in helping co-farmers to reduce anxiety levels, build confidence and skills, and contribute in a meaningful way to the welfare of our horses.” She added: “Being involved in this way with such a prestigious event is a brilliant opportunity for all of us at FarmAbility, and we’re looking forward to meeting event goers and to being part of the excitement in September.”
To to learn more about FarmAbility, please visit www.farmability.org.uk or check out the charity on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Everyone who books a ticket to SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (www.blenheimhorse.co.uk) has the option to make a donation to help raise funds for FarmAbility, which the event will match.
As well as the feature CCI4* classes and a host of competitions for amateur riders,
SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features excellent, carefully selected, shopping
opportunities. There is a full and varied programme in the Attractions Arena on Saturday and
Sunday, superb children’s entertainment and great food, ranging from outlets offering locally
produced to a range of dining packages.
Photo credit: Adam Fanthorpe and FarmAbility