Equine exodus for horsey hero

Community support is being sought by Aberdeen Riding School to fund a new home for 32 horses and ponies needing to move from Milltimber.

Sid the horse, STV and RBS’s ‘Animal Hero of the Tear’. and his chums need to relocate after their fields and stables were released for development for a new housing complex.

Sally McCarthy, Director of Aberdeen Riding Club, which is home to Sid, said: “Sid is a local and national hero and I really hope that the local community will get behind the campaign to help fund a new home for Sid and his friends.

“Sid won the Animal Hero of the Year because of his great work for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and he has taught in excess of 5,000 local people to ride.”

Aberdeen Riding Club is a not for profit organisation that makes riding accessible for local people, particularly those that don’t have their own horse.

They also host Riding for the Disabled, a local Hippotherapy group, train the RGU riding club and offer subsidised riding and therapeutic riding for local people that would not normally have access to this.

The move is being necessitated because of a development of the land currently leased by Aberdeen Riding Club.

Sally added: “Development of the local area is good for business and communities and we will forever be supportive of our current landlords and their development of the land at Oldfold. We hope however that there is enough local support for us to continue to provide our much needed service. We have worked hard to source a location within the city boundaries and now we need to raise £300,000 to facilitate this move.”

The new location is in Anguston, on the edge of Peterculter and Drumoak, and will be an ideal home for Sid and his friends with 115 acres of grazing.

Aberdeen Riding Club has achieved planning permission for the new centre and has secured a 25-year lease on the site.

Sid is one of the longest residents of Aberdeen Riding Club, and his gentle, loving nature makes him perfect for disabled riders and people learning to ride.

The campaign to fund a new home for Sid and chums begins this week, and people are invited to donate by visiting: www.aberdeenridingclub.com. More information on the efforts and what the funds will be used towards is also available.