Happy Hooves celebrates successful Crowdfunding campaign

Horse lovers in Sanquhar and Upper Nithsdale are buzzing with excitement as Happy Hooves Sanquhar C.I.C, a much-loved riding school and equestrian centre, announces the success of its recent crowdfunding campaign.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from local residents and beyond, Happy Hooves has not only met but surpassed its £10,000 fundraising target, bringing its vision of an accessible, inclusive indoor equestrian arena closer to reality.

The community’s enthusiasm for the ambitious project is evident as donors, riders, local businesses and supporters rallied together to contribute to this worthy cause.

The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust generously donated £7000 to the campaign. The Trust continues the legacy of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, a racing commentator and philanthropist known for his contributions to horse racing and charitable work.

Laura Wilson, the driving force behind Happy Hooves, expressed her thanks to all those who have made the campaign a success.

She said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the support we have received. This is a huge step forward for the project and demonstrates the public demand for the type of facilities we have planned.”

The funds will play a pivotal role in bringing the long-awaited indoor arena to life. This state-of-the-art facility will provide a versatile all-weather space for riding lessons and training, and with a vision for community empowerment and learning, the arena will collaborate with Upper Nithsdale Riding for the Disabled Association to offer transformative therapeutic programs for riders with complex physical and emotional needs.

Among its features are a Changing Space accessible toilet and shower, dedicated equipment to support disabled riders, a soft play area, retail space, and a café. Furthermore, the arena will open its doors to a range of community activities, like dog agility and other sporting events.

For more information about Happy Hooves and their mission, please visit https://happyhoovessanquhar.co.uk/new-indoor-arena-project