A club that teaches kids about horse riding and life

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.

Usually at school or at Clubs The children were told Not About a horse – riding a horse means behaving badly. But in south London, there is a club Likes When students are walking around.

The Ebony Horse Club is a riding school for children from poor families. General Manager Naomi Haugate manages the team that runs the school. With the help of volunteers, they organize about 140 trips for children each week. They teach not only horse riding but also important life skills.

Tasnim Ali, right, and general manager Naomi Haugate take the belt from Bailey after a riding lesson at the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, south London, April 18, 2021.

The club recently reopened its website stables. It has been closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The eight program horses are back home after a long break outside London in East Surrey. On the other side of the road from housing the poor, young people are once again learning how to ride.

Sia Bart, 15, trots on a horse named Joe in a riding lesson at the Ebony Horse Club, April 18, 2021.

Sia Bart, 15, trots on a horse named Joe in a riding lesson at the Ebony Horse Club, April 18, 2021.

They begin by learning how to ride a horse, or how to ride. After that, they learn how to walk, trot, and finally lead horses. These are specialized terms for how a horse walks or walks.

Mickey Ferron, 17, rides Molly for a riding lesson at the Ebony Horse Club, April 18, 2021.

Mickey Ferron, 17, rides Molly for a riding lesson at the Ebony Horse Club, April 18, 2021.

One of the club’s youngest riders is Shaday McLeod. The 9-year-old was so excited to be back in saddle. Rides after school. But he joins the team on Sunday to help out in the yard. He said he was very comfortable taking care of the horses: cleaning the stables, luring Horses and measure dinners.

Shadai MacLeod, 9, Farsh Rose at Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, south London, April 18, 2021.

Shadai MacLeod, 9, Farsh Rose at Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, south London, April 18, 2021.

Shadaei recently received his first award for personal hygiene.

His sister Zion is 13 years old and works as hard as her brother. While harnessing her favorite horse, Eddie, for her lesson, she says how lucky she is to be a member of the club.

Zion McLeod, 13, spends time with Eddie at the club.

Zion McLeod, 13, spends time with Eddie at the club.

“You would never believe this was here in the middle of Brixton,” she said. Brixton is located in a London neighborhood once known for racial tension, crime and violence.

Zion MacLeod, 13, sweeps the stables at Ebony Horse Club.

Zion MacLeod, 13, sweeps the stables at Ebony Horse Club.

Besides riding close to home, Ebony Horse Club members take day trips to pony clubs in the English countryside. Before the pandemic, groups of kids from the club had great experiences. They also traveled to places as far away as Sweden to ride horses. Many students who finish the program have found jobs in the equine industry.

The chief youth worker at Ebony is Radikha Nagar. She played an important role in keeping children and their families connected to the club during the pandemic.

Tasneem Ali drives Billy to the stables after a riding lesson.

Tasneem Ali drives Billy to the stables after a riding lesson.

The club has seen an increase in the number of children willing to join. But it needs donations to survive. The cost of the ride depends on the condition of the riders at home.

Donors have continued to support the club during the COVID-19 pandemic. But like other organisations, Ebony may face financial problems as the UK economy recovers from the health crisis.

However, Howgate told the Associated Press that the horse club plans to continue raising funds “not only maintain” But their activities are growing.

Shadai MacLeod smiles as he washes the legs of a horse named Rose.

Shadai MacLeod smiles as he washes the legs of a horse named Rose.

This is the Health & Lifestyle report. I’m Anna Mathieu.

Reuters reported this story. Anna Matteo has adapted it for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter Jr. was the editor.

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The words in this story

club -n. A group of people who come together to participate in an activity such as a sport or hobby

stable -n. A building where horses are raised, fed and cared for

saddle -n. Horses’ back seat

Husband -Fifth. To clean and care for an animal

maintain -Fifth. to remain in good shape; to take care of

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