The Urban Equestrian Academy
The Urban Equestrian Academy is a groundbreaking social enterprise in Leicester, UK that offers specialist equine programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. With the aim to widen participation in the equestrian world, The Urban Equestrian Academy provide opportunities for those with the least experience and access, including inner-city children, faith groups, specialist organisations and other specific communities. UEA work with local schools to provide enhanced student learning, help to build and empower key skills and offer the ideal environment for all to help build stronger communities.
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What To Look Forward To
UEA provide innovative equine programs to make horse riding more accessible to individuals and communities who may not have had previous access to equestrianism.
Here are some of the exciting services and activities we offer:
Azeezah’s Junior Pony Club
The club is designed for young people between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Through this club, participants can develop social skills, work on confidence, self-esteem, and discipline through learning 'All Things Equestrian.’
We Ride Too
This specialist program encourages inner-city children, faith groups, specialist organizations, and specific communities such as those classed as BAME to embrace the world of equestrianism.
Established as a unique Equestrian Accredited Pathway program, aimed at 13-19 year-olds who are not in education, employment, or training. The aim of the program is to provide a pathway of personal development and change lives for the better.
Mini Me Pony Sessions
Open to 3-5 year-olds who want to enter the world of equestrianism. The program provides a fun, interactive, safe, and rewarding environment where new friendships are made.
Ride & Reggae
This groundbreaking corporate team-building program combines horse riding, horse care, and stable management. Enjoy luxurious Caribbean Cuisine and Live Reggae Music at one of Leicester's most prestigious equestrian host venues.
Private Horse Riding Lessons
The Urban Equestrian Academy provides safe, structured, and personalized private horse riding lessons delivered by experts.
Senior Citizens Equestrian Club
Provides some of the oldest members of our local and wider Leicester community the opportunity to interact with horses, enhancing their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
The Urban Equestrian Academy is committed to providing a range of programs and activities that promote inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility, enabling individuals and communities to experience the unique benefits of horse riding and equestrianism.
Participation in The Equestrian Community
The Founder - Freedom Zampaladus
The Urban Equestrian Academy was founded by Freedom Zampaladus, a respected member of the community, public speaker, actor, author and highly experienced equestrian specialist in both the UK and the Caribbean. Having grown up in a world of horses through his uncles racing yard in Antigua, Freedom strived to create a more diverse and inclusive audience within the UK's equestrian industry. The team behind the company comprises of equine specialists dedicated to providing a safe, structured, and rewarding environment for all participants, ensuring every single person who comes through their doors takes part in a memorable experience that they will never forget.
Our philosophy is to focus on enhancing personal development and social skills through Horse Care, Stable Management, Horse Riding and Equestrian Sports. Our social enterprise ‘The Urban Equestrian Academy’ aims to open doors that have not been visibly present before in the Equestrian World. Our ethos is focused on widening participation of those with the least experience in the Equestrian world and also individuals/ communities with the least access to it.
We also focus on the whole Equine Industry worldwide as opposed to just the U.K. This is to give our client base a sense of ownership and to look beyond just having fun but to from an early age plant the seeds, set the foundation for our service users to realistically look at ‘Working with Equines’ as an actual career choice.
We also believe it is more important that our members understand the type of skill set/ knowledge and experience required in order to becoming a competent rider.
Enhancing Riding, Social and Personal Development Skills
Don't just take our word for it - here's what some of our satisfied clients have to say about their experiences with The Urban Equestrian Academy:
- 'The Junior Pony Club has been a life-changing experience for my daughter. She has gained so much confidence and self-esteem from learning to ride and care for horses.'
- 'I never thought I would be able to ride a horse, but the We Ride Too program changed my life. I now have a newfound passion for equestrianism and can't wait to continue learning.'
- 'The team at The Urban Equestrian Academy is amazing - they made me feel welcome and safe from the moment I walked in the door. I can't wait to come back and ride again.'
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