Stepney Bank Stables in Ouseburn is giving youngsters across Newcastle the opportunity to experience a country sport in the city.
The stables, which opened in 1992 with just two donkeys, now has 27 ponies and relies on income from public rides, grants and charitable trusts to survive.
It was the only inner city stables in the country until it helped open Ebony Stables in London last year.
Operating without any long-term funding until 2004, it still depends on volunteers to provide daily care for the ponies.
Many of the animals are cared for thanks to children who donate £20 a year to the stables' 'Adopt A Pony' scheme.
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