History of the Clwyd Special Riding Centre
The Centre was the brainchild of Anne Sopwith organiser of the Dyffryn Ceiriog Riding for the Disabled Group. Her vision was to set up a centre where people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities and special needs could ride. She also envisaged that the Centre would have accommodation facilities to enable RDA groups from around the country to enjoy a holiday.
In 1982 she purchased Tyn-Y-Cyffion, a small riding school, that had been converted from a hill farm in the village of Llanfynydd. In the beginning helpers were bringing in ponies for the sessions but within a few months the Centre acquired its first ponies.
The developments at the Centre continued and the number of riders gradually increased. In September ’82 the first Centre Manager was appointed and an RDA Group was established to run some of the riding sessions. By 1984 the Centre was ready for its official opening by HRH Princess Anne.
Over the years, the Centre has developed significantly with facilities being created to allow for a wider range of people with additional needs being able to benefit from time with horses.