After a while we headed up to Clwyd Special Riding Centre only a very short walk form her house. Gerry is a fantastic lady, she taught Daniel for many years, Daniel was very fond of her and she new just how to handle him with him having his naughty cheeky ways.
I found it very hard walking through the gate`s without Daniel, then I saw Steve. Steve was one of Daniel`s side walkers he put his arm`s around me close to tears. Gerry, Steve and Sharon were good enough to come to Alder Hey Hospital as everyone who new him fought so hard to being him out of the coma he was in. The three of them sat for a long time talking to Daniel has he lay in his hospital bed willing him to pull through like the rest of us.
Today was the Riding Centre`s Christmas Fayre. We headed into the main arena to have a look around. Many familiar faces met us along the way there were many hugs and tears around the centre today. We looked around the stalls, at the vintage fire engine and the dog agility show.
We eventually found the chairman of the centre. Aaron handed her a cheque for £500 from the money we had raised on behalf of Daniel in his memory.
Next we visited the stable block, there in front of me stood the little dun gelding Daniel was so very fond of Teddy. Tears began to flow, I put my arms around the little pony and sobbed my heart out. It was so hard Teddy has given Daniel so much pleasure over so many years. Seeing Teddy, Daniel would actually talk. On entering the riding centre Daniel would shout "Hiya Teddy" clear as day. Seeing teddy was the only time Daniel would ever talk it amazed everyone.
After pulling myself together we headed up the field`s to see Homer the pony Daniel rode during the last year of his life. he spent a different week on each horse as he was getting to big for Teddy and Homer was his next size up. Homer is a coloured cob gelding, a very friendly pony with a sad history. His face is badly scared due to ill treatment. As a foal he was left by gypsy`s his head collar grew into his face leaving it embedded into his face leaving him very badly scared. We only managed to see Homer from a distance as he was out in the field with most of the other horses.They wouldn't let him come over to see us.
Heading back into the centre we met up with the centre pshyio, she has been fighting her own battle against cancer. Like everyone she was very fond of Daniel as he was such a character. Before leaving we said out goodbyes to everyone.
I was reminded I have a green card to work with the ponies and the disabled children. I did all my training to work at the centre over the years whilst Daniel was there and often helped with the horses and special need clients whilst I was there with Daniel. I have said when I feel I can come to the riding school without the floods of tears I will get involved again. There is no better job than working with both horses and disabled people as both our close to my heart. Below are photo`s of the ponies along with at the bottom of this blog a piece on Daniel`s riding career.
Below Little Barney
The coloured pony in the background rugged up is Homer
Above and below RDA Horses