Funders & Associates

Eat Sleep Ride would not be where it was today if it wasn't for the ongoing support of our funders, mentors, foundations and partnerships. We are always grateful for any help and guidance as we strive to help and guide our own benefactors.


Thrice funded, the first pot of funding allowed us to surface our first ever arena which was vital for allowing us to be disability accessible. The next time around ensured training and qualifications to become EFL practitioners, and to run our first EFL Pilot and demonstrate the need for this service. Most recently, we are continuing on the accessibility theme and funding will support training mirrors, raised beds in the allotment and accessible pathways.

We are proud to be members of this charity, who visited us to truly understand who we are and what we offer. They awarded us funding to cover the costs for the build of a new therapy and sensory safe space, using lights and sound to support healing.

Our fantastic Youth Club and their ideas and vision for a biodiverse learning space that was something different, shaped the application for this fund, allowing us to build a nature pond and run workshops on not only the build but ongoing sessions on nature and wildlife.

This fund really brought our site to life and allowed us to connect with nature, and many passionate local creative individuals and businesses. This brought the expansion of our allotment with workshops for young people to learn about growing, finishing with a harvest festival to celebrate arts, community, environment and local produce.

An initiative brought in by the Scottish Government to respond to the rising mental health challenges of over 16s as a result of the pandemic. This wonderful fund has allowed us to develop our equine therapy, life coaching and volunteering programme as well as allowing us to hire a trauma counsellor to deliver in-person somatic healing.

A new funder for us, their community fund has allowed to provide outdoor learning and wellness workshops for isolated members of our rural community.

This fund was to celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II holding our throne, although we now mourn the loss of such a prominent figurehead in the support of equestrianism and the country. Without this fund, we could not have held such a wonderful and diverse open day.

Supporting us twice, in the first instance supporting 1 staff member and 3 volunteers to progress through coaching and equitation exams. It has also allowed support for young people through their ABRS stable management and equitation certificates. More recently they contributed to the planting of trees and hedgerows to support our carbon negative aims.

SSE have a real focus on renewable energy for Scotland. They funded our solar power installation, infrared heating system, sewage treatment tank and stepped in to assist with repairs after Storm Arwen removed half our barn.

SOSE is the new economic and community assistance agency for the South of Scotland,. They saw the value in our contribution to the local economy and were another key investor in Pastures New.

Another large funder and supporter of Pastures New. Their funding specifically supported us with the design and construction of our beauiful stables, connected our solar power, and contributed to our drainage and infrastructure.

This foundation through Turcan Connell, donated funds to support running costs at our new site, enabling us to provide more opportunities for education, and improving the environment and to support young people's physical and mental health.

Twice now this amazing initiative has supported us to buy and plant the many trees surrounding our eco friendly site with the community and young people on alternative education provision, this has helped improve biodiversity, create habitats, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to our natural ecosystem.

One of the many funders who helped make our move possible and the first funder who said yes, Sport Scotland assisted with capital to make Pastures New a possibility. They contributed to planning, construction, development and material costs. Without this we wouldn't have the stables, office and arena we have now.

Allowed us to develop this fantastic new website in conjunction with Platinum Graphics, and accessories such as digital camera and PIVO for our marketing and growth including our upcoming online shop.

Through our local community picking our cause at the till, our project was recognised and we shared our need for new equipment to support agility, games, and sensory support, benefitting not just riders but also those coming for non ridden sessions, team building and vounteering.

From humble beginnings, this allowed ESR a good chance with their start-up by match funding that contributed towards the arena build, quad bike and field shelter. The year after, they supported part funding towards a salary of a volunteer coordinator, ensuring volunteers were managed, safe, and happy.

The Orcome Trust show a real passion for learning and support for young people at a socioeconomic disadvantage. Their support allowed us to fund a young person with long term disability within the care system but lacking 1-1 support, access to attend fortnightly to train and complete a NCFE Project Outdoor Pursuits through Borders College on Stable Management.

ESR are very proud of our relationship with the University. They have supported us through micro grants and marketing placements for students to gain real life experience with small businesses. The first traunch of funding supported is in the launch, delivery and evaluation of our first non ridden Equine Assisted Development project. We worked in partnership with allied health professionals whilst training staff to faciliate future sessions, with 36 participants aged 8-70.

Fallago were key in supporting us through the Covid-19 pandemic and enabling us to deliver a range of online accreditations to our beneficiaries through the BHS Horse Health Challenge Awards and the ABRS Rosette Awards for our younger participants. It also enabled 40 volunteers to continue to engage in meaningful outdoor community actions through scheduled and supervised volunteering slots.

Thanks to ESR's amazing volunteer Fiona and her husband Kevin, their support for the project allowed them to showcase our work in the community to Torness Power Station, Unite the Union, who kindly donated funds to purchase a new set of Jump for Joy showjumps that still remain part of ESR to date. These have been invaluable in our regular lessons, events and clinics.

Leader allowed ESR to start and scale up their riding school. Funding supported the purchase of a quad bike and trailer helping us to manage the land effectively and increase our herd numbers, and wooden field shelter, as well as groundworks and arena surface suited for rehabilitation and disabled access. They also covered salaries to help manage projects and grow the ESR strategy. The original surface and field shelters (repurposed into windbreaks) still remain with ESR to date.

The BHA have been fundamental in supporting their tenants and local community. They supported us with match funding in the early set up stages and funded 6 tenants to join in activities for free over 4 weeks as well as an additional 8 local children and young people in our community. In addition they have supported our apprentice staff member with funding towards her BHS stage 2 complete exam.

A loan payment going towards materials and construction of our current site

Provided the start up costs to work towards our glamping pods at our new community site

In conjunction with Bailie Gifford, this allowed us to run an after school skills development programme for children in the community. Also with the RRR funding, we managed to deliver online ABRS rosette qualifications to young people in lockdown.

Put towards training for staff and volunteers through the BHS Ride Out, and provided funding towards wellbeing workshops.

Allowing new projects focusing on health and wellbeing and social isolation

Assisted with capital costs towards the build of our current site. The Adapt and Thrive pot of funding was put towards support to develop school, college and local authority service agreements through SQA and SCQFE and launch EFL

Funded a new staff post and opening

Towards multiple sports and community sessions for local children over the holidays

Let a young volunteer run a craft event and gain SQA qualification, fund summer health and wellbeing programs, we also managed to deliver online ABRS rosette qualifications to young people in lockdown, as well as PPE for staff and volunteers

Allowed us to run our second programme, Take The Reins, supporting those who struggle in school to access alternative education.

Supported 2 new members of staff to access employment and further training


Founded in 1954, The Association of British Riding Schools, Livery Yards and Equestrian Centres is a registered charity and the UK’s only organisation that focuses solely on supporting, representing and promoting professional proprietors of equestrian premises.

BAVS is an independent voluntary organisation, established in 1971 to support, inform, represent and provide services to the community and voluntary groups in the Berwickshire area.

They exist to protect and promote the interests of every horse and support every rider, horse owner, carriage driver, those who work in the equestrian community and everyone who simply has an interest in the wellbeing of equines.

The Circle is an award winning 'More Than Profit' organisation that supports businesses to make a difference to communities. They provide affordable consultancy, training and workspaces, within an inclusive and friendly environment.

All of the activities provided by Equi-Scotia CIC aim to improve the mental health of participants in a way that also ensures that the well-being of the horses contributing to the process is safeguarded.