DREAM RAMP: LVRDA president Jacqueline McAnally tries out the new ramp with Macca after it was donated by Gay Constructions on Monday.
DREAM RAMP: LVRDA president Jacqueline McAnally tries out the new ramp with Macca after it was donated by Gay Constructions on Monday. Tom Threadingham

Gift arrives early for Lockyer riders

WHILE it's not a stairway to heaven, the Lockyer Valley Riding for the Disabled's new ramp is certainly a pathway to a dream come true.

Working hard to get services on the ground in 2014 the group received an early Christmas gift on Monday as a brand new accessibility ramp was delivered and put together at the LVRDA's home in Regency Downs.

The custom built steel ramp was manufactured and delivered free of charge to the LVRDA by Gay Constructions.

LVRDA president Jacqueline McAnally was ecstatic to receive the ramp and said it would be instrumental in providing members with ease of access to the horses.

"It's unbelievable, and is just like a dream come true having it here and getting this all off the ground," Mrs McAnally said.

"The generosity is incredible."

Mrs McAnally said the group had a mounting block to help members to get on horses but now with the ramp those in wheelchairs could easily roll straight up to and get on the horse.

"We really needed it for our wheelchair people," she said.

"This is just so easy now and it's all built to Australian standards.

"People can now come straight up next to the horse and get on."

A dream that has been in the planning stages for the past two years, the ramp was yet another step towards seeing the group officially bring smiles to many faces in 2014.

"March 8 is our first class and the Saturday before that is our opening party," Mrs McAnally said.

"It will be two years in March from when I first contacted RDAQ and said I wanted to start a centre in the Lockyer Valley."

However to help provide the best riding services possible Mrs McAnally said the group were still in need of some more horses.

"We're still looking for horses between seven and 18 years old and 12 to 15 hands," she said.

"They must be very quiet and we will need them to complete a six-week trial.'

To help out the LVRDA, phone Jacqueline on 5466 4317.


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