A VISUALLY impaired Elland schoolgirl saddled up for a pony day organised by Action for Blind People.

Eight-year-old Ami-Leigh Heppenstall is a pupil at Cross Lane Primary School and was one of 14 youngsters invited to take part in the pony day at Middleton Park Equestrian Centre in Leeds.

The session provided the opportunity for Ami-Leigh and her friends to look after a pony for the day.

In addition to riding the small horse, the children were shown how to handle their adopted pony in the stable, taking it in turns to groom the animal and even mucking out at the end of their visit.

Ami is a member of Huddersfield Actionnaires – one of 26 multi-activity clubs for blind and partially sighted children, supporting them in enjoying full and active lives.

James Carey, from Action for Blind People, said: "It was fantastic to see the children engaging and taking an interest in the ponies.

"Not only did they enjoy themselves but they also gained knowledge on what it takes to look after a horse.

"And importantly, the activity helped to boost their confidence, which is particularly important for blind and partially sighted children."

Ami-Leigh summed up her day: "I had a really good time, I love coming to Actionnaires because it helps me and I make new friends."

For more information about Action for Blind People’s Actionnaires Clubs, visit www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/children call 0113 386 2800 or email james.carey@actionforblindpeople.org.uk