Resident at Kingsley Court in Horsham is delighted to be able to ride again

A WOMAN with autism is “living her best life” after returning to horseback riding, according to her sister.

Nicole Beever is one of eight young adults supported at Kingsley Court in Horsham, a care home for people with complex learning disabilities.

Horseback riding has been part of the 30-year-old’s routine since she moved to Kingsley Court in July 2018, and she has been “very happy” to return to weekly riding lessons after activity was suspended during the pandemic.

Her sister Michaella Beever said: “Nicole has always loved horses and being able to ride once a week really helps Nicole live her best life.

“She tells us every week that she had a great time and that her horse Bambi had fun too.”

The Argus: Nicole with Pathway Director of Residential Services, Tendai FunganjeraNicole with Pathway Director of Residential Services, Tendai Funganjera

Nicole added: “Very happy to be able to ride again, I’ve taken turns riding Bambi and can’t wait for the next week.”

Therapeutic riding, organized by Nicole’s support team, takes place at Burstow Park Riding Center in Horley and has helped to improve Nicole’s health significantly over the past few years.

Tendai Funganjera, director of residential services at Pathway, which runs the care home, said: “Nicole loves horseback riding and enjoys the activity so much that it’s fantastic to be making it a part of her weekly routine again.

The Argus: Alex enjoys his riding sessionAlex enjoys his riding lesson

“Nicole benefits from consistent routines and is much calmer and less anxious since her weekly riding has resumed. This has helped her with her communication and is a great way to develop her involvement with the local community.

“Since moving into Kingsley Court, Nicole’s health has greatly improved. Participating in active pastimes such as horseback riding, as well as eating a balanced diet at home, helped her improve her overall health and well-being.

“Alongside her love of horses, Nicole is a huge Disney fan and enjoys watching movies and reading Disney magazines. She also enjoys spending time in her community, shopping and walking.”

The Argus: Brandon and Thomas like horses and carriagesBrandon and Thomas like horses and wagons

Accompanied by Nicole on the weekly trip to the equestrian center are Alex, Brandon and Thomas, some of the other young adults supported at Kingsley Court. Resident at Kingsley Court in Horsham is delighted to be able to ride again

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