Autism & Me

“My name is Rory Hoy, I’m a  Music Producer/DJ  and I’m autistic . I volunteer each week at Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group, and I absolutely love it!

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£400 Raised - Great North Run 2017

Since I turned 40 a few years ago I've been setting myself challenges, I've really got into running & along with my running buddy Lisa we decided that a half marathon would be good challenge and what better one to enter than The Great North Run. We both discussed raising money for a charity with Freddie (my son) in mind and as a family we have always been grateful for FDRG and for all they have done for Freddie, so what better way to give back than to raise money & complete the challenge. So we both entered, I was lucky enough to get in through the ballot and the training started.
Whilst completing the GNR I felt really proud & humbled at all the amazing 57'000 people running for someone loved & lost, for a charity close to their heart or just running for the challenge. 

The 13.1 miles is the most I have ever run in my life, it was truly a challenge but I enjoyed every minute.
I'm proud to say I raised £400 which is amazing, so this will go towards ensuring other children get to experience the great work that you guys do at FDRG. 
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Summer and Autumn Term Dates

Apart from a couple of rides the Summer term will finish on Friday 14th July before the Yorkshire show.

We start back for the Autumn term on Sunday 10th September

We stop for half term from Sunday 22nd October and come back on Sunday 29th October

We finish for Christmas on Sunday 17th December 


Opening the new Cooperative Store

We have been invited to open the new Cooperative store in Ainsty Road in Wetherby on Friday April 7 th at 10.00 am.

We are one of their chosen Charities for their fund raising thanks to Claire Emblin one of our riders who works there. 

Sue Oxley will be cutting the ribbon and we will be there with our promotional boards to let everyone know about or Charity.

If you live in Wetherby why not pop along and support us and wear your FPDRG tee shirt or hoodie?

Gymkhana Friday 30th June 2017


Never mind the weather, we all had a great day out at this year’s Gymkhana. The riders and their horses had fun racing against each other in the outdoor arena. Musical statues was the best game; the horses didn’t know they had to stop when the music stopped!!

Everyone competing in the races earned a rosette for finishing. The squeaks of delight from the riders were infectious. Lots of people were there watching the fun and games, cheering on the riders.

Next, onto the serious business of the obstacle course, laid out for us by Terry Parlby and John Box. Many thanks to them. As the riders crossed the finish line they received a medal, which hung proudly around their necks. The final excitement for the riders was when they collect their certificates and a photo of themselves on their pony.


To everyone who gave their time to help us.

Volunteers, parents, carers, relations and friends of the riders. And, of course, to all the stable staff, including Julie and Chris, and the horses.

A special thanks to Rab Donoghue and the O2 team who come every year to help us.


To everyone who gave raffle prizes.

The Co-Op in Wetherby, Bojangles Hair in Knaresborough, Noir Hair in Harrogate, Fodder in Harrogate, Golf lesson with Lee Morrisroe PGA, Personal Fitness training with Alice from Hardy’s Health and Fitness. Plus many other individuals connected to FPDRG, who kindly donated a wide variety of prizes.

We made the amazing amount of £280!!!

Absolutely fabulous.

FPDRG couldn’t have done it without YOUR help


Mickley Picnic Tuesday 22nd August 2017

  The weather for the Mickley picnic this year was rather grey, but this did not deter the spirits of our horse and carriage riders and volunteers. There was a good turnout, as usual,, and we all enjoyed the generous hospitality of Michael and Amanda Abrahams and family, who welcomed us into their house and gardens.  After lunch, Michael Abrahams presented certificates to volunteers who have completed 10 years of volunteering. Then our riders were able to have a trip out in the carriage or a gentle walk around the field on one of our trusty horses.  The riders loved the change of scenery whilst the horses seemed to enjoy the change of grass.  The fun was obviously infectious because one of the carers bravely mounted a horse for the first time- he admitted the ground seemed a long way away from up on Smithy's back, but he found it a great experience and hopes to do it again. Thanks to everyone who attended to make it another successful picnic.

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Sue's adventures in new hats

There's nothing like a change in hat regulation to keep riding-reliant charities such as ourselves on their toes!

Fortunately, our dedicated trustee and ride leader Sue Oxley was not going to rest until she'd tracked down the right hats, in the right size., however confusing those sizings were. Here she describes the challenges she faced in the suprsingly complex world of riding hats. Do your best  to keep up! 

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New notice board

Our notice board, situated on the outside wall of the office, was looking a little weary.  To put a new notice on we had to balance the doors on our head, so Karl our joiner made some new doors with shatter proof glass which we can now open with ease.  One of our volunteers, Sarah Randon, offered to design and make a new background for the notices which she donated to the Charity.

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Completed Yorkshire Warrior Race

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So my legs have finally recovered from this years Yorkshire Warrior, with the last remaining bruises slowly fading.

The weather was dry, however, don't be fooled...what nature fails to provide, the organisers will... MUD, in abundance!

This year's 10 mile course took us from the Yorkshire Showground, down through the underpass, familiar to many of you from our rides, and on to the fields beyond Follifoot. It returns through a kilometre long tunnel, hidden beneath Rudding Park and used by Winston Churchill for his train during the war.  

The camaraderie between all the participants was great, with lots of help on hand if someone needed a leg up over the 30 obstacles! The worst obstacle has to be the ice bath, just when you think you're nearly home, it's very cruel!

Thanks to everyone who so kindly donated, it proved a great incentive to train and complete the course and I'm delighted to say it raised £600 for FPDRG so it was worth the pain!

Morag Bennett