The rear of the viewing gallery and the new barn
Although good progress was made early on, completion of the viewing gallery/office/hay barn took longer than we had hoped. Much has happened since the start of the year, however, and it is now near to completion. The image above shows the rear of the viewing gallery on the left with the completed barn to the right.
As you can see, the main building work is complete and the barn ready to use when access is complete. This will only happen when the viewing gallery and ramp are finished. All that is required is the wheelchair access ramp up to the gallery, heating installed, and the room finished for use (volunteers to help with painting will be much welcome).
The next image shows three windows on the right which will be coated on the school side with a mirror effect so that they can be used as a mirror by the riders and the staff while the families, teachers, carers and guests watching will be able to view from within the warmth of the gallery without distracting the riders. There are six windows in total, only three of which are in this image.
I have included some other pictures to show the configuration. I expect the stairs to be usable soon and then work on the ramp will begin.
All of this has been helped immensely by your kind donations. Once finished, we will be able to look at the next stage, the therapy school. The intention is that this will benefit a much wider range of people, not focussed just on children, with a number of conditions that can benefit from equine therapy such as accident victims and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yard Manager, Jacky Nuth, has undergone training as an Equine Therapist and is already using her knowledge to help even more than she has before.
Viewing gallery from the inside
Door of viewing gallery, steps being built
View to the gallery windows
Inside the school towards the gallery windows
Close up of the gallery