14th January 2012 - courtesy of Western Morning News (www.thisisdevon.co.uk)
The work of a Westcountry charity that uses horses to improve the lives of disabled people has been highly commended.
The Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders, in Taunton, received a visit from South West MEP Ashley Fox yesterday who praised the work the staff at the centre were doing to enhance disabled people's lives.
Mr Fox, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said: "The outstanding work that the centre does in providing tuition to over 170 disabled riders every week should be highly commended.
"I love horses and am interested in the facilities they offer for disabled people, in particular their affect on autistic children.
"My visit was all about experiencing first hand the great work that goes on at the centre and I will certainly be staying in contact with the staff."
The Somerset-based charity provides riding tuition and therapy to adults and children with all kinds of disabilities in one purpose built centre.
Jess Dixon, centre manager, said: "It was really nice for Mr Fox to visit – he met one disabled client, a number of volunteers, as well as the staff and horses.
"He seemed very taken aback by the sheer impact that horses can have on people's lives and was impressed by what these animals can do for people living with a disability.
"We all got the feeling he would be back to visit the horses and staff soon."