A pony playgroup session for your preschool

Brought To You By East Devon Riding Academy

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a Pony Playgroup

 session exclusively for your preschool. 

The Pony Playgroup will take place at East Devon Riding Academy on Thursday 8th March, 10-11.30 am for up to ten children from the winning preschool. 

Activities will include- pony grooming, feeding the goats, a countryside treasure hunt and lots more. Every child will receive a certificate to take home.

How to enter: Visit our Facebook page by clicking here, like our page and comment on the competition post, including the name of the preschool who you would like to be in with a chance of winning this prize. It would be great if you could share the post as the more people who enter for your preschool, the greater the chance they have of winning. One name will be picked at random on Wednesday 31st January from all the comments received on the original post. 

Good Luck!

You can find out more about Pony Playgroup by clicking here.

You can read an unsolicited review about Pony Playgroup by clicking here.

The necessary small print- This competition is in no way endorsed by Facebook. The judges decision is final and we reserve the right to amend the competition as necessary. No riding will be available at this session. Activities may be subject to change depending on the weather and other factors. Transport to and from East Devon Riding Academy is the responsibility of the winning preschool/parents/guardians. Children remain the responsibility of the preschool/parents/guardians at all times and adequate staff/parents/guardians must be in attendance to ensure correct supervision. We would like to take photographs of the session for our social media and website, however we are respectful of those who do not wish to be included. Parental or guardian permission is required prior to us taking any photographs, which may need to be collected in advance of the session if parents are not present on the day.
If you would like further information please email Natalie at

We begun offering the opportunity for children to join us for the morning back in 2011. Our many years of experience in the industry helped us to define our Pony Mornings so we could offer children enjoyable, active and educational activities whilst providing parents with value for money and the peace of mind that we would strive to keep their children happy, engaged and most importantly, safe. Our reputation for hosting high quality Pony Mornings rapidly grew, we started with just two for the whole summer holidays and we now run two for every week of every school holiday and half term. Each year we welcome new children but we also have many returning customers, several who are local and some who just visit us once a year when they are on holiday. Some of the children who attend our pony mornings are regular riders and some have never ridden before- all are welcome as we split the group according to experience if necessary.
Firstly, we understand children. We teach 1000’s of them every year! Our teaching methods follow an active learning approach, which keeps children involved by learning through doing, rather than the traditional but less effective way of just telling them what to do. All of our sessions are delivered through age appropriate activities, which enable children to succeed and learn whilst they are having fun. We guide the Pony Morning where appropriate, however we also encourage the children to be part of the decision making and empower them to have the freedom to discover and explore.
Secondly, we understand horses. We spend 1000’s of hours with them every year! The welfare of our animals is a huge passion of ours and we work very hard to look after our horses to a very high standard. This ensures that their health and well being is optimised and they are happy in their jobs, as after all, a happy horse is a safer horse. Our teaching methods do not involve bullying or forceful communication, such as encouraging children to kick or whip animals to make them do what they want. Instead the children are taught humane, respectful handling and riding techniques which keeps them safer and protects the horses from physical and psychological harm. Children absolutely love our kind methods and the harmony and success that they bring.
Thirdly, we understand what parents want. As parents ourselves, we appreciate that safety is a top priority and we structure our activities to minimise the risks involved with being around animals. We offer close supervision, well planned activities and high quality instruction with well maintained, purpose built facilities. We know that you want your children to enjoy their time with us, so we try our best to make this happen and give them a positive experience with lasting, happy memories. Our high standards, ethical horsemanship, fantastic resources and excellent supervision also give superb value for money.

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