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Duchess of Cornwall opens Ebony Horse Club's new centre

  • 26 October 2011
  • From the section London
The Duchess of Cornwall opens the Ebony Riding Club
The Ebony Horse Club aims to use horse riding to help children with special educational needs

The Duchess of Cornwall has opened a £1.7m horse riding centre in south London.

The duchess, who is the president of the Ebony Horse Club, opened its new purpose-built community riding centre in Brixton earlier.

The club was created in 1996 to give disadvantaged young people from the area access to horses and riding.

The centre includes stables for eight ponies and horses, a stable yard, a paddock and a floodlit arena.

The Ebony Horse Club aims to use horse riding to help children with special educational needs, those at threat of exclusion or excluded from school, and those in need of extra support.

Its activities are conducted by youth workers and consist of riding lessons, classes about horse care and holidays for senior young riders.

Later, the duchess will also open a clinic and nursery, which has undergone a £3.5m refurbishment.

The Bessborough Centre in Pimlico, central London, will offer 50 childcare places, three new play areas, direct access to a new garden and a new sensory room when it reopens.

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