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Funding for Shetland pony therapy scheme

Funding for Shetland pony therapy scheme

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Funding for Shetland pony therapy scheme

A local veterinary nurse has launched a therapy pony venture with the support of funding from Skipton International.

Sophie Veron has owned Shetland ponies since the age of 18 and now works at Isabelle Vets.

A successful application to the Skipton Community Fund has allowed her to launch her therapy pony venture, and Sophie’s Smile Ponies, has already started visiting communities and schools across the island as she aims to perform sensory work and provide equine facilitated learning.

“This generous contribution [of £1,500] from the Skipton Community Fund has really made a big difference to getting this venture off the ground," said Ms Veron. "With their support I am now able to cover transportation costs for the ponies, insurance and spread the word more widely to allow all ages to enjoy these animals.


Pictured: Sophie Veron with skip ton International's Commercial Manager Aaron Walden. 

“My aim is just to make more people smile. I truly believe that interacting with the ponies can help with mental health, behavioural issues and concentration. They have always brought me so much joy over the years.”

Ms Veron has so far visited nursing homes, Le Murier School and a number of private functions and hopes that she will be able to return to schools across the island in the new school year.

The Skipton Community Fund was created to assist those smaller charities that may often be overlooked when seeking external funding. For more information or to apply to the Skipton Community fund, visit

Pictured top: Sophie Veron and one of her Shetland ponies at a recent function. 


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