Successful Lottery Community Fund Bid

We can finally share the super exciting news that we have been awarded a 3 year national lottery grant of £150,000 by the lottery community fund!!!! This grant will go towards supporting our existing equine-assisted programmes and also help develop our nature based, horticultural and other animal-assisted activities alongside developing more community engagement and supported volunteering opportunities. Our local MP Anthony Mangnall Anthony Mangnall MP came to meet the horses and support our launch alongside our funding officers Kim and Mark yesterday. Thanks to NationalLottery players for making our project possible. This funding will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable young people thanks to #NationalLottery funding. The National Lottery Community Fund. Watch this space for updates once we get our new projects going!!


Official Opening of New Classroom – 19th July 2021

We were very pleased to welcome representatives of Wooden Spoon (The Childrens Charity of Rugby) and East Devon Golf Club to Sirona, on Monday 19th July, to officially open our new classroom (Jill Dunsford EDGC, Mike Wisdom Wooden Spoon and Malcolm Pressey EDGC & Wooden Spoon shown cutting the ribbon). The funding provided by both organisations enabled us to purchase the building, so we could remain open and provide support to vulnerable young people throughout the pandemic. We are extremely grateful to everyone at East Devon Golf Club and Wooden Spoon for their support and fundraising efforts.

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SW Coast2Coast Challenge – July 2021

Our Level 3 apprentice, Cora Willingham, is raising money for Sirona by participating in the SW Coast2Coast Ultra Challenge, walking 102km/63miles with a 2090m climb, from Minehead to Dawlish in 36hrs, on the 24th July 2021. If you would like to support Cora in her fundraising efforts please click on the picture of Cora & Chapas below, the link will take you to Cora’s Virgin Just Giving Page – thank you.  Go Cora!

Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse – March 2021

We have recently joined EIDA, a growing network of large and small businesses and organisations whose  mission is to enable employers to take action on domestic abuse – raising awareness among all employees, supporting those facing domestic abuse, and providing access to services to help perpetrators to stop.

COOP Community Fund – November 2020

COOP members who chose Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship as their local community cause, via the COOP local community fund, helped raise a whopping £5,281.27 for us to improve the facilities for our participants. Thank you very much to all those who supported us.

Funding Awarded to Sirona – September 2020

Thank you to the Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund for awarding Sirona a grant for £30,000 to support us through the next 6 months to keep providing our vital equine-assisted therapy and learning sessions to vulnerable young people who are even more in need of our services at the current time.

Postgraduate Research Project carried out jointly with Hartpury University – August 2020

We recently collaborated with Cherith Wilson, MSc Equine Science Student at Hartpury University, on a new study to determine the impact of its Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning (EAT/L) programmes and to help inform industry practice.  Read more here.

Thank you to Cherith for all of her hard work.


Sirona are now settled on the Dartington Estate.
Our Open Days will be an opportunity for the public to see this wonderful new site.
Details on the events page.