We are very grateful to our partners who have helped support us financially with some of our projects as well as the growth and development of our people, services and facilities. We have a key partnership with Scottish Borders Council who have helped across all aspects of Eat,Sleep,Ride.
Blackhill Windfarm are very close to our hearts and supported us in the early days as a match funder for LEADER . This money helped purchase new equipment and the costs associated with the construction of our outdoor arena. As our volunteering programme has grown we asked for help once more and they once again came through with some funding towards a volunteers coordinator for 6 months and costs associated with the program.
Firstport are the reason alongside our founding director ESR became a reality. Danielle was picked to be on the Start it Award which allows ESR to purchase 2 ponies, 2 saddles, yard equipment, rent, licensing and insurance fees. After the success of the the first award Danielle applied to Build it for support with salaries to enable the business to grow. After completing 2 rounds successfully Danielle has since applied to Launch me for the third round of investment for businesses looking to scale and grow. Watch this space for new and exciting news.
The BHA have been fundamental in supporting their tenants and local community. The supported us with match funding in the early set up stages and in y2 funded 6 tenants to join in activities for free over 4 weeks as well as an additional 8 local children and young people in our community. In addition they have supported our apprentice staff member with funding towards her BHS stage 2 complete exam.
LEADER has been instrumental in success and growth of ESR . They helped take the project to a completely new level and allow us to increase our offerings.They supported us with the purchase of our arenas, filed shelter, trailer and staff posts.
Unite Torness donated money in the summer of 2019 to purchase our first set of amazing show jumps and poles from Jump for Joy. It was such a generous offer and are used daily for a range of clients and lessons.
Robertsons stepped in over the summer of 19 to support us with the deliverance , evaluating and monitoring of our growing volunteer project. They gave us financial support to develop our volunteer culture and allow us to develop our offerings.
Without Awards for All we wouldnt have our amazing surface in the indoor school.
The school has been instrumental in continuing sessions despite bad weather and for those vulnerable children and young people who need a smaller area to work within.
The surface has really supported our clients who have difficulty with balance and are wheelchair users . It also eliminates dust and has the horses welfare at the core of the design and quality of product.
Our founding director Danielle Mckinnon recently won the Scottish Edge Social Entrepreneur Award. Three roles have been identified to enable growth and scale and development. This will enable us to to reach more people and continue to support our children and young people socially and emotionally.
We are really pleased to have been awarded funding this year to launch Eat, Sleep, Achieve. A new programme that will see 2 staff members and 2 volunteers sit professional exams this year through the BHS and support 15 of our child and young people through their ABRS Equitation and Stable Management certificates. We look forward to this partnership and project this coming year.
The support from this Baillie Gifford has allowed 1 staff member and 3 volunteers the opportunity to progress through there professional coaching and equitation exams. It has also allowed us support over 30 young people through their ABRS stable management and equitation certificates.