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Coronavirus Update

Sadly we are closed again to comply with the national lockdown restrictions. Keep an eye on our facebook page and website for further updates on when we are able to reopen. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and let’s hope that 2021 is eventually a more positive year for us all.

The ponies are enjoying time off in the snow!


Louise is going home

After eleven years with Chariots of Fire Louise is returning to Denmark to further her equestrian career there. She has achieved great things in her time here progressing from being a very novice driver to a national champion a number of times over. We will miss her greatly and wish her well for the future. No doubt we will be seeing her compete her team of Dartmoor Hill ponies in Europe very soon!

So we are recruiting…!

This means that we are looking for another full time equestrian coach/trainer to join us. You must have a coaching qualification equivalent to UKCC Level 1 or similar BHS qualification and experience. You will be coaching both riding and carriage driving to a wide range of people including those with additional needs and disabilities. If this sounds of interest please drop us an email to enquiries@chariotscic.org.uk and we can send you a full job description. An outline of the job is here – Chariots of Fire Trainer

Indoor Competitions 

It is with great sadness that we have decided that we cannot run our indoor series at Newton Rigg this winter. With so many uncertainties around Covid, strict rules and regulations in place, keeping our club members safe has to be our priority. We simply don’t feel that it is safe to run. I know that will be a huge disappointment to many of our regular competitors, but hopefully we will just have a year off and be back next year when things are better.

The Big Hoof

We were delighted to welcome Louis Hall and his lovely mare Irelanda for a couple of days at Chariots for a well earned rest on their charity ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End. They are riding as The Big Hoof in aid of Cystic Fibrosis so head to their just giving web page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louis-hallcf – to donate. Follow their progress on facebook @thebighoof.

Sports Driving Unlimited awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Chariots of Fire is delighted to announce that our partner charity Sports Driving Unlimited has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a charity could receive and we are all delighted. It is wonderful recognition of the hard work done by everyone involved in making our activities possible, you know who you are! #QAVS2020 @queensawardforvoluntaryservice

Grant funders

Thanks to The Holywood Trust and The Robertson Trust for supporting the work of Chariots of Fire with grant funding. It is invaluable for our work with young people with disabilities and additional needs.

We can also now supply recycling envelopes for ink cartridges etc through Recycle 4 Charity.  Contact Rosemary for envelopes. SDU can get £1 per cartridge – that soon adds up!

Sports Driving Unlimited Wheels to Freedom Appeal

Despite all the best efforts of the charity in trying to raise finance in a myriad of ways, we are always short of available funding. Rosemary and Liza spend hours completing grant applications and volunteers hold events, raffles etc. Can you help at all? Could you organise a fund raising event? Do you know anyone who might like to donate? Do you have any different ideas that we might not have thought of? Do you know of any charitable trusts that SDU might not have discovered yet? If you think you can help in any way at all, please contact us. Phone Rosemary on 01576 610544 or email us. There are a variety of ways you can support SDU while you are shopping too, using Amazon Smile or the Easyfundraising website. Both will give a small percentage of what you spend to our charity. You can also donate direct through Localgiving.

Dartmoor Hill Pony Association

Many of the ponies that we use for all our driving (and riding) activities are from the Dartmoor Hill breed. These are the most fantastic ponies with wonderful natures. Gentle, strong, gutsy, beautiful paces – there’s nothing in the smaller pony world to beat them.  They really need support though – they are vital for maintaining Dartmoor’s landscape and provide pleasure for visitors. But there is little general market for them and with indiscriminate breeding, too many foals are born. To save them from suffering, many are simply shot each autumn, which is a tragedy.  The solution is simple: contraceptives for the mares, Ponies on the Pill, but the Association urgently needs land to achieve this. Please take a look at their website (http://dartmoorhillpony.com/) and support them in any way you can.