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The Uist Community Riding School


The Uist Community Riding School is a thriving riding establishment based in Balivanich. Originally an Army Saddle Club, which started in the late 70s, the club has now been gifted to the community and has gone from strength to strength. From May 1st 2002 the stables has been able to employ one member of staff full time and two casual workers, on top of this we have several willing helpers that give a hand throughout the day and evening.


We offer lessons, road rides, beach rides, picnic rides, all day hacks, child beginner lessons, adult beginner and intermediate lessons, jumping, dressage, leading rein hacks, stable management classes and we are a base for flexible learning in horse management organised through Thurso College.


 We also hold monthly jumping & dressage clinics/competitions, gymkhanas, "own a pony days" and early morning hacks, Saturday Club for children, this evolves riding lessons, stable management, fun and games every Saturday during term time, there is also a summer camp followed by our annual horse show.


We have 11 permanent horses on the property with 4 – 5 on livery at various times throughout the year which allows owners of horses to bring them down and make full use of our facilities, which include 10 stables, an isolation box, covered tie up area for 4 ponies, indoor school with jumps and various props, several small outdoor paddocks and 3 larger fields, an outdoor jumping field, jump store, hay store, straw/fodder store, feed store, tact room, office/rest room with tea/hot food area, wash room, toilets.


Our facilities, staff and horses have been able to provide a facility for special needs children on a weekly basis from various parts of the Uists and we have an active Riding for the Disabled unit for adults and children, we also cater for adults who are part of Opportunities for Training Towards Independence (OFFTI).  We have an open door policy and although horses need to be treated with due care and respect we allow anyone to join in providing our Code of Conduct is adhered to. During holidays we are a valuable outlet for bored children who need to use some energy! And learn some skills in horse care.


For further information, contact:
Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula
Western Isles
Tel: 01870-604283

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210