Emile Faurie Foundation pupil to star on CBBC

  • A teenager whose life has been changed by learning to ride has caught the attention of the CBBC producers.

    The edition, to be broadcast on 17 February at 5.10pm, follows a pupil who was introduced to horses by the Emile Faurie Foundation.

    The charity was set up by Emile Faurie 10 years ago to give underprivileged children access to riding. Over the past decade around 10,000 school children have been given riding lessons.

    The teenager, who lives in Salford, Manchester, suffers from ADHD and after being excluded from school, is taught at home.

    His mother approached the Foundation for help after he had visited Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre near Manchester.

    “Usually we support schools not individuals, but he was an exceptional case,” said the Foundation’s Maryanne Horn.

    The CBBC programme makers filmed the pupil spending time with Emile Faurie at his dressage yard in the Cotswolds.

    Emile talks in the programme about how horses boost the self-esteem and confidence of the young people the Foundation helps.

    The teen is now helping out at Ryders Farm and is hoping to pursue a career in equestrianism.

    “We have helped a lot of kids and many have gone into the industry,” said Maryanne Horn.

    “We have some heart rendering stories. Children find within a horse something they can relate to. It does change lives.”

    This year to mark the 10th anniversary a range of fundraising events are being planned including a charity ball.

    The CBBC programme is part of a six part series entitled: “My Life – Never Give Up.” It will be show on catch up TV after the screening.

    For more details visit: www.emilefauriefoundation.org.uk

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