Stirling MP Backs Kildean Equestrian Development


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Big Plans from ‘Equi-Power’ Riding for the Disabled Group

Alyn Smith MP, David James, Chair of Equi-Power and Amanda Namey, Equi-Power Group Organiser, at the proposed development site in Kildean. 

Alyn Smith MP has backed plans from local Stirling charity ‘Equi-Power’, for a new riding centre of excellence located on the River Forth.

Using current vacant land in Kildean, the group are planning a riding, learning and development site which would facilitate access to the countryside for disabled children and adults, their families and members of the public. A purpose-built playground and small cafe would complement the equestrian facilities.

Equi-Power Central Scotland Riding for the Disabled Group was formed in 2015, after the closure of Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled Group. 350 families and hundreds of volunteers lost access to facilities, and the group have been working away ever since to find a new site.

Amanda Namey, Equi-Power Group Organiser said:

‘It was brilliant to meet Alyn and show him the proposed site first-hand. We’re very grateful to Stirling Council for their assistance so far with plans, and hope to move the project on to the next development stage very soon. The closure of Bannockburn hit our members and volunteers hard, but this is our chance to right that wrong and build a centre for riding excellence right on the banks of the Forth. I’d urge anyone who can to support our fundraiser, and help us restore these much loved facilities.’

David James, Equi-Power Chair said:

‘We’ve been searching for a new site for many years, and this disused area in Kildean hits all the right criteria. We want to build a place for families, children and adults to enjoy the countryside, learn more about the outdoors, horses and build their life skills. We couldn’t ask for a more picturesque spot, bordered by the River Forth and with stunning views of the Wallace Monument and the Ochil Hills. I’m looking forward to moving this project forward, and securing the future of disabled riding provision for Stirling.’

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘This really is a worthwhile project and one I hope to see up and running as soon as possible. The development will bring jobs, more tourists and visitors to Stirling, and help adults, children and their families enjoy the outdoors – absolutely brilliant. Amanda, David and their team have forged ahead for the past few years to bring their vision into reality, and I’m happy to throw my support behind it. There’s a lot of good things happening in Stirling; our city, towns and villages are bursting with ideas, talent and vision.