Charity No. 1156129
Company No. 8668860
Beechley Stables RDA is a member group of the National Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving. National Charity Number: 244108.
"Providing therapeutic riding to disabled people to promote their health and wellbeing"
Beechley Stables are the stable block of a Georgian Country house (Beechley House) built in around 1835-46 by John Marriot a Liverpool Cotton broker. The buildings, wall and haha are grade II listed structures.
The stable buildings were slightly altered and restored in 1980 in order to house The Park Rangers (a kind of mounted Park Police unit). The four external loose boxes (arena side of yard) are very large as they were intended to house the Lord Mayor’s coach horses but they were stabled at Croxteth Park instead.
The Park Rangers were disbanded at the end of the Derek Hatton era but one ranger, Bill Beeley, asked for the stables to be used to benefit disabled children and Beechley Riding Stables opened in January 1989.
Bill Beeley kept his horse from his Ranger days. His horse was Stanley the famous counting horse who appeared on TV's 'That’s Life'. Stanley took part in “Murder in the cathedral” by TS Elliot when it was performed in the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
Initially lessons took place in an outdoor paddock only and lessons were cancelled when it rained. The indoor arena was built and opened on 4th June 1992 by Bob Champion. Duke and Duchess of Westminster visited in 1990 and HRH Princess Royal visited October 1991, then again in 2012 to open a new woodland riding track. The Special Olympics team have trained at Beechley in the past.
In 2005 it was proposed the centre should close. Volunteers and staff were dismayed and immediately began a campaign to save the facility. The campaign was successful and Friends of Beechley Stables (FoBS) was formed in 2005 to help raise funds to support disabled riding. The group joined the Riding for the Disabled Association and became a registered charity in 2006.
Beechley Riding Stables is nestled into the corner of Calderstones Park, on the other side of the rose garden.
Calderstones Park is a public park; within it there are a variety of different attractions including a playground, a botanical garden and places of historical interest.
Calderstones botanical garden contains almost 4000 species of plants brought from all over the world by merchants and other travellers.
There is a lake in the park with geese and ducks, and there is also the mansion house, which features a café and a children's play area.
Calderstones Park is named after historical monuments the Calderstones. The Calderstones are six neolithic sandstone boulders remaining from a dolmen.