The Horse Rangers Association is a registered charity and was founded in 1954 by Raymond Gordon, we were originally based at Shepperton. Through Royal connections, the charity was relocated to the Royal Mews, Hampton Court during the 1960s where we have continued to develop and grow. Raymond Gordon’s vision was to enable young people, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to learn to look after and ride horses; from early in the charity’s existence this included young people with Special Needs. A uniformed youth organisation we rely on volunteers to deliver all of our activities. Many of our volunteers were involved with the charity when they were children themselves.
Today much of our Special Needs activities come under the umbrella of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), of which we are a member group. Our Special Needs classes operate at our Indoor School, located at the Stockyard, Bushy Park. We also have 5 paddocks at the Stockyard where our horses are turned out for a week’s rest on a three weekly rotation.
The Horse Rangers Association is registered with both the British Horse Society (BHS) and our local council as a Riding School which means that we have annual inspections to ensure we comply with their regulations.
The Horse Rangers Association (HRA) seeks to provide a healthy and fulfilling opportunity for young people, regardless of background and ability, to develop character, responsibility and a concern for animals, the world we live in and other people, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Our vision Is for the HRA to be recognised within the local community as providing the highest standard of personal development for young people.
The Horse Rangers Association is a registered charity based at the Royal Mews, Hampton Court. It focuses on teaching young people horsemanship and how to care for horses and ponies. We are not a riding school; instead we use the horses and ponies to help Rangers in their own personal development. We rely on voluntary monthly subscriptions for most of our income, supplemented by fund raising and charitable donations. We regularly hold special events to help raise funds for the organisation and our musical ride display team can also be booked to perform in the local area. We receive no grants from central government.
The association is organised into six squadrons. Squadrons 1-5 meet each week to learn how to ride and care for our horses and ponies. Squadron 6 is dedicated to providing horse riding sessions during term times for members with special needs and is a member of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). We also work with a number of other groups to help provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
All of our officers and instructors are unpaid volunteers. They are DBS checked and given training in first aid, child protection and health & safety.