Manor Park horse-riding school celebrates 40 years

Wanstead Cllr Michelle Dunn, left, Chair Person of National British Horse Society Claire Aldridge, v

Wanstead Cllr Michelle Dunn, left, Chair Person of National British Horse Society Claire Aldridge, volunteer Sandy Hamberger, Aldersbrook site owner Ida Thorn and Cllr Alex Wilson celebrate the riding school's 40th anniversary - Credit: Archant

Paralympic dressage champion Sophie Christiansen OBE congratulated a riding school on their 40th birthday on Sunday.

Everyone indulged in cake to mark four decades of Aldersbrook Riding School’s work in the community in Manor Park and neighbouring boroughs.

Sophie, who was born with cerebral palsy, has competed in three successive Paralympic Games, winning two gold medals in Beijing and three last summer in London.

She made a speech to the teachers and pupils of the riding school before watching a dressage drill ride to music.

Wanstead councillors Alex Wilson and Michelle Dunn for the open day alongside Chairperson of the National British Horse Society Claire Aldridge, and Aldersbrook site owner Ida Thorn.