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Chariots of Fire - Changing Lives

The Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre was set up by the late Amanda Saville at Boreland, Lockerbie in 1997. Under Amanda’s guidance the Centre rapidly developed a reputation for making the equestrian sport of carriage driving accessible for anyone with a disability, additional need or disadvantage.  Amanda was passionate about empowering each individual to develop to the best they could be.  She developed new aids to enable people with a physical disability to take up the sport – eg. a rein bar to which two reins could be attached and then used by a person with the use of only one hand.  She helped design a completely new style of carriage that could hold a wheelchair and could be driven at speed in competition.  The Centre now delivers activities to over 200 clients with additional needs, particularly young people with conditions like cerebral palsy and the autism spectrum. We offer individual and group sessions and access to competitions throughout the UK. Our drivers learn new, unexpected skills, develop core strength and self confidence and interact with a wide range of people. They can compete against their able-bodied peers, often beating them with the associated sense of achievement!

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