A disability riding association is set to receive an annual grant for a unique educational program.

The Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), will receive an £80,000 per annum grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for three years.

The grant will largely be allocated towards the 'Learning Through Riding' initiative.

The initiative targets homeschooled children and others with additional needs in west Norfolk, offering equestrian activities, including riding, carriage driving and equine-assisted learning therapy sessions.

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The riding association will use its tracking tool to gauge progress in six key areas: communication, confidence, enjoyment, horsemanship, physical changes and relationships.

West Norfolk RDA chairwoman, Bernadette Ford, said: "Without this funding, we would struggle to maintain our existing level of service to disabled people.

"Now we are in a position to grow and expand our much-needed services to help even more people with additional needs in west Norfolk and beyond."

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Free of charge, the Magpie Centre will arrange an assessment for homeschooled children with additional requirements.

If the child takes to the ride, they will be placed in a small group with children of similar abilities.

For families seeking events, the centre is holding a craft fair on June 8 at 10am.

More than 30 stalls have already been allocated, providing a wide range of crafts inside a fully wheelchair-accessible venue.

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Visitors can expect a small admission fee, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

The 'Have a Go' Dog Agility will also return, offering insights on introducing dogs to this activity.