The riding club is called 'Kinder- und Jugend Reit- und Fahrverein Zehlendorf e.V.' and it is situated at Berlin-Zehlendorf. Since the formation of the riding club (in 1988) the main idea is to enable children and young people from different social stratum with or without disability to learn how to ride a horse for very small money.
Since 1990 the Club was awarded for the best youth work and we also won this year the competition “Sterne des Sports” in Berlin. The aim is to offer a place for horse enthused children and young people. It is also important for children from a city to have a fulltime recreational place and contact with animals. Here they can find friends, make sports and learn how to assume responsibility for the animals. It is self-evident for the kids to take care of the horse and to clean the paddock.
The horse is a living creature, friend and sports fellow and not a piece of sports equipment. To work with the animals, to take care of them and to train them, is the best to get responsibility and self-confidence. It also trains the coordinative movements. In our days this enables a good health in which the children get more and more immobile.
That is the reason the club is a place for mental and physical education and promotion for young people. The club is only supported by club membership which only covers up the actual-cost for the club (lease, electricity, water, food, personnel costs). Regularly there are more bills to pay e.g. blacksmith, veterinarian, and modernization of the premises, mist removal etc. for which we desperately need more money.