A charity that supports the development of children by teaching them to ride has been awarded the ‘Clubmark’ denoting excellence, bestowed by the British Horse Society (BHS) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF).

The Horse Rangers Association provides sessions for more than 400 young people each week, some with special needs, at Hampton Court stables in Surrey.

Activities are provided by a team of 200 volunteers.

“It is a fantastic testament to our staff and volunteers that we have been awarded this public recognition for all their hard work,” said Horse Rangers director, Jackie Bryan.

“With a 4-year waiting list to become members we knew we were offering young people a fabulous experience where they were able to learn all aspects of equestrianism; from stable management to riding and everything in between.

“The Clubmark status reassures parents and partner organisations with whom we work that the young people entrusted to our care are in good hands,” said Ms Bryan.

The Clubmark accreditation is given to youth organisations offering high quality duty of care and child protection, sports equity and club management.