The Horse Rangers' Principles

At the Horse Rangers Association, we are dedicated to giving everyone the best possible experience with us. To help ensure this, we have set our nine key principles for all riders, instructors, and volunteers to follow.

1. Open to all

Subscriptions are kept as low as possible and we operate a grants policy at the discretion of the Trustees to ensure that no one is denied access as a result of their financial circumstances. Rangers come from all types of background, with the majority receiving state funded education.

2. Equal Opportunities

Membership is available to all young people. Where possible, those with special needs are integrated within the mainstream activities of the organisation. However, some benefit more from joining our special needs section which runs throughout the week during term-time and is part of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

3. Personal Development

As they progress, Rangers learn the skills necessary to look after the horses and ponies. Rangers develop confidence and a sense of pride in themselves and their abilities.

4. Caring for Others

As they get older, Rangers take on additional responsibilities by supervising the younger Rangers.

5. Commitment

The benefit that a young person gets from being a Ranger will depend upon their level of commitment to achieving their individual goals. The organisation is open throughout the year and members are expected to attend as often as possible.

6. Achievement-focussed

We operate a badge system to encourage and reward personal development.

7. Progressive

The range of opportunities available to Rangers should increase as they progress and develop their skills base. Rangers are encouraged to take on responsibilities as leaders and instructors when they become adults.

8. Fun

Rangers and volunteers should find participation in activities at the HRA both enjoyable and satisfying.

9. Safety

Horse riding is a dangerous sport; we take health and safety seriously and try to mitigate the risk to members through the implementation of best practice procedures.