As trustees of Kennet Valley Driving Group we have today reached the decision not to euthanise Perrine, and instead to find a suitable long-term home for her.
Our original decision was not made lightly, and throughout this whole process we have always had the care of Perrine uppermost in our thoughts. Alongside this, we have had to consider the safety of people around her. We cannot rehome her without the assurance that her behavioural issues will be understood and managed appropriately for the rest of her life.
With the support of RDA UK, we have been able to develop a plan for Perrine’s long-term care and responsible ownership, which will ensure she is looked after with kindness and respect of her behavioural needs. We will be meeting to agree the final points of this, but having received several good offers, we feel confident that we will soon find the right home for Perrine, with someone who is willing to acknowledge and manage the risks involved.
We know that considerable efforts have been made to campaign for Perrine in the past two weeks, and this is completely understandable. We are grateful to everyone who has been involved in helping us reach today’s decision, and we look forward to introducing Perrine to her new owners as soon as possible.
SUNDAY 22nd April is our annual plant fair
Barbury Racecourse, Barbury, Wiltshire, SN8 1RS
(by kind permission of Chris and Ingrid Woodhouse).
Opening 10:30am to 3pm.
Entrance Adults £5 children (under 12) Free.
Car parking available.
As well as a range of plants, planters and garden sculptures, there is our cake stall and refreshments are available.
All in aid of Kennet Valley Carriage Driving Group for Disabled.
Come along support us, enjoy the beautiful countryside, lovely people and a great day out.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Charity number 1074359
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Our annual Plant Fair is this Sunday, 22nd April!!
Barbury Racecourse (by kind permission of Mr & Mrs C. Woodhouse)
10.30 till 3 p.m.
Plants, shrubs, garden accessories plus refreshments
Under 12s Free
As the summer has come to an end and the leaves begin to turn our time on the downs is almost at an end for this year, at least. As the wind becomes sharper we are moving back down to the shelter of the Kennet Valley and Hillside Farm for the winter months. We are looking forward to re-discovering the lanes around Lockeridge, Clatford and Manton and the tracks in the West Woods and hope that the winter weather is kind enough to let us keep driving until next spring!
We are always on the lookout for people to come and help with fundraising events or come to one of our driving mornings.
If you have 4hrs free on Tuesday and Thursdays 10am to 1pm and would like to come along and help please contact us here or by phoning our secretary Maggie Lewis on the number highlighted 07930 341524
We look forward to hearing from you.
Kennet Valley Driving Group is a Carriage Driving branch of Riding for the Disabled Association.
Perrine on her way home
Out on a drive
The Kennet Valley Driving Group is a registered charity (number 1074359) that enables adults with disabilities to enjoy the pleasure of carriage driving across the Wiltshire countryside by providing specially adapted carriages and trained, reliable horses supported by experienced able-bodied carriage drivers or RDA whips. Disabled drivers (also called disabled whips or DW’s) drive carriages, can participate in grooming, harnessing and putting horses to the carriage with the support of the RDA whips and volunteers.
Drivers become part of a friendly, social group who have the opportunity to drive in beautiful countryside, and learn new skills. Based at Lockeridge, just outside Marlborough in Wiltshire, the Group has access to the beautiful Marlborough Downs with fantastic driving and stunning views.
The Group’s aim is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities that sometimes limits their activities. Driving a horse and carriage gives participants the feeling of freedom from their disability, the ability to get on the move and enjoy a sport on an equal footing. The Group enables people with a wide range of disabilities to enjoy a physical activity, in good company, in the great outdoors – safely.
Drummer on picnic drive