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Princess Anne helps Riding for the Disabled Group celebrate 25th Anniversary

Riders celebrate 25 years of riding for the disabled in North Yorkshire Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Princess Anne has visited North Yorkshire to help Bedale Riding for the Disabled Group celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

Her Royal Highness is president of the Riding for the Disabled Association which has 500 groups around the UK, helping 28,000 people each year.

The Bedale Group is entirely run by volunteers and gives horse riding lessons to people with disabilities every Thursday morning at a riding school in Catterick Garrison.

The Group Chairman says the lessons help riders in many ways.

It helps their co-ordination, it helps their balance, it helps their communication and it's fun and they enjoy it!

– Julia Hamby, Bedale Riding for the Disabled Group Chairman
The riders performed an agility test and musical display for Her Royal Highness Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Princess Anne cuts a 25th Anniversary cake Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Princess Anne awards long service medals to the ponies and volunteers Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Riding has helped me develop the confidence to get on with what I want to do. People kept on judging me by what I couldn't do because of my disability, I wanted to show people you can do what you want to do.

– Suzanne Smith, Rider
Suzanne Smith says riding has boosted her confidence Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

For everybody it's just great to be with the horses, the volunteers are superb. My particular situation I've got MS, so I can't walk but I can use a horse's four legs to walk, brilliant!

– Alison Chubb, Rider
Alison Chubb performs for Princess Anne Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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