Food Exhibition at IRC

March 12th saw the very first exhibition in our indoor arena. After a day of laying the wooden floor, Coast and Country Marquees transformed our 1500sqm arena into a useable event space for Medina Foodservice to host their annual catering exhibition.

With over 100 exhibitors showcasing products ranging from ice creams to pies and gin to fresh cakes there was something for everyone and the show was a huge success. Cory Williams operations director at Medina Foodservice said “What a fantastic venue for exhibitions and functions! Such a large expanse of space that can be adapted to suit all kinds of larger scale events. We’re so pleased with the riding centre and how they accommodated our busy set up!”

One exhibitor exclaimed “This is just like the NEC!” Maybe not quite but the venue proved it can be versatile and we are already discussing a number of alternative events that this huge indoor space could host such as weddings, live music and presentation dinners and functions.

If you would like to find out more about hiring the venue please call us on 01983 214000 or email info@islandriding.com

Steven Benson

Steven’s riding high again!

Friday 28th February saw the unveiling of Island Riding Centre’s brand new Para Rider hoist from Dolphin Mobility. This is the Island’s only equine mobility hoist and enables all wheelchair bound adults and children the opportunity to get onto horse back.

The first lucky rider to use the hoist was Steven Benson from Wootton. Steven who suffers from cerebral palsy is already a regular visitor to IRC with Scope, attending ‘Messy Play’ sessions made possible by the recently installed Changing Places toilet which enables him and others the chance to leave their home for a welcome change of scene and which until Friday meant only watching the horses. Read more

Barton Primary School

We welcome Barton Primary School

In association with our Community Interest Company Wight Horse we were delighted to welcome some of the staff and pupils from Barton Primary School for a pony ride and stable management session.

Mrs Meredith and Mr Whiting accompanied ten pupils from across the school where they spent the morning grooming the horses, mucking out the stables and then they enjoyed an exciting horse riding session.

Wight Horse CIC continues to raise funds to provide free and subsidised sessions at Island Riding Centre for groups and individuals who have financial and physical limitations and we look forward to supporting local schools as part of this project.

If you would like to support Wight Horse CIC or find out more, please get in touch by emailing info@wighthorse.co.uk or call IRC on 01983 214000.

Study Centre opened by Lord-Lieutenant at Island Riding Centre

We were delighted to welcome Mrs Susie Sheldon, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight to officially open our study centre at the Island Riding Centre.

During her visit the Lord-Lieutenant met the current intake of students from HTP Apprenticeship College and watched a short demonstration performed by some of the students under the excellent stewardship of their tutor and instructor Jo Hogan.

The study centre is already proving popular and hosts weekly sessions for school excluded children in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Council and SCOPE who are able to take advantage of the centre’s Changing Places WC right next door.

Changing Places WC opens at Island Riding Centre

We are delighted to announce the opening of our Changing Places toilet at Island Riding Centre. Changing Places WC’s provide added independence and improve the quality of life for 1000’s of families. With a motorised hoist and changing table as well as a shower and accessible sink and WC we hope this amazing facility will […]

Beach soccer ball

Football freestyle comes to the IRC

Legendary YouTube vlogger and 5 x World record holder and football freestyler Daniel Cutting came to stay with us at Island Riding Centre in June.

Hoping to make a sun-kissed video on Appley Beach in Ryde – the home of Isle of Wight Beach Soccer – the British weather took hold and Daniel and his friends took the sensible option and came inside for an impromptu 5-a-side football game in our indoor arena.

See how they got on here

Whilst visiting Daniel was kind enough to take time out and meet some of his 600,000 YouTube followers and even give them some tips on how to follow in his footsteps!

Learn more about Daniel here.

Pony Club at Island Riding Centre

Pony Parties at Island Riding Centre