IAN Foster’s first official duty as the new president of the city's Lions Club was to present a new horse to Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled at their Holme Lacy equestrian centre.

Supporting the charity is one of his key aims.

Trojan is a seven year old handsome Welsh Cob, bought by the Lions for £3,250, who has already won the hearts of all those who benefit from the therapy of horse riding.

“Lions bought a similar horse for the charity several years ago and Trojan’s gentle nature makes him a natural companion for those with various disabilities," said Mr Foster.

"I, and my fellow Lions have been so impressed with the success of RDA that it was chosen as the first project of my year in office.”

Rachael King, manager at the riding centre said: “Lions have long been generous supporters and the gift of Trojan, whose temperament is perfect for the role he has to play will have a huge impact on the service we provide for the disabled.”

There are 11 horses and ponies at the volunteer centre providing riding therapy for 150 a week with ages ranging from four to 80.