Vacancies at Diamond Centre

Diamond Centre has 2 maternity cover job vacancies: Full Time Groom and Yard Manager. Details on their website here: www.diamondcentre.org.uk/vacancies-at-diamond/

Page Last Updated: January 25, 2017

RDA National Training Centre plans to be revealed at BETA International 2017

Come and visit the RDA stand at BETA International 22-24 January 2017, the NEC Birmingham to learn more about RDA’s exciting plans to build the first National Training Centre. See us on Stand D7.7 and find out how you can help support this important project.  Download the RDA NTC Brochure  contact Sal Atkinson  satkinson@rda.org.uk or call 01926 405975.

Page Last Updated: January 20, 2017

Get your tickets now for the British Dressage Para Symposium

Held at Moulton College in Northamptonshire on 28 – 29 January 2017 and supported by Sport England funding, the two-day conference is open to everyone wanting to develop their skill and knowledge in para sport and coaching.

Dubbed ‘Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork’, the schedule boasts two interactive days packed with practical demonstrations and thought-provoking presentations. Great Britain is proud to be the world leader in para dressage and we have an impressive array of talent to call on for this weekend, as well as leading experts from other sports.

More details and the timetable can be found at: Click here to view the timetable and secure your tickets today. Tickets start at £30

Page Last Updated: January 17, 2017

New Fundraising Co-Ordinator vacancy

RDA UK is recruiting a new member of staff to join the Fundraising Team at National Office. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic fundraiser to develop the support we provide for RDA Groups across the country. This full time role is based at our office in Warwick and will involve a certain amount of travel around the UK, visiting Groups and providing fundraising advice.

To find out more download the
Fundraising Co-ordinator Job Description and How to Apply
Closing date for applications is Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews are on Friday 10 February 2017.

Page Last Updated: January 16, 2017

Groom vacancy at Clwyd Special Riding Centre

Clwyd Special Riding Centre provides people with additional needs the opportunity to ride, carriage drive or equestrian vault to benefit their health and wellbeing. We currently require a –

GROOM

£13,936 per annum 40 hours per week to include evening and weekend work.

You will be required to hold a minimum of a Level 2 in Horse Care and Riding or equivalent proven skills and experience.  You must be confident in producing horses to a high standard and demonstrate an understanding of and be committed to the work of CSRC.

With the above post there is a requirement to undertake evening stable checks for 2/3 nights per week.  Accommodation is available for these nights or full week occupation if required.

Closing date:  12 noon Monday 23 January 2017

Invitation to interview will be sent via email on Tuesday 24 January 2017

Interviews will be held on Monday 30 January 2017

Start date:  Negotiable

For application forms please contact CSRC on 01352 770446 or email: info@clwydspecialridingcentre.org.uk

Page Last Updated: January 9, 2017

Tagg selling off last hats

As part of their stock clearance, Tagg Equestrian are selling off the last of their hats. The price is £10.95 per hat and £8.50 post for each order. Contact 0191 2650032 or 01636 636135.

Page Last Updated: November 30, 2016

BEF Chief Executive and RDA Honorary Treasurer to ride Mongolian Derby for RDA

British Equestrian Federation Chief Executive Clare Salmon and her husband Neil Goldie-Scot – who has recently been appointed as Honorary Treasurer for RDA – have announced that they are to ride in the Mongolian Derby in 2017 to raise money for RDA.

The announcement was made during Clare Salmon’s speech to delegates at RDA’s AGM, where she discussed the ‘Future of Equestrianism’. Clare has been in post at the BEF since July and the news of her support for RDA was warmly welcomed by attendees from RDA groups around the UK. In rounding up her presentation she joked about ‘lending’ RDA her husband – a reference to his recent appointment to the RDA Board of Trustees as Honorary Treasurer. Neil Goldie-Scot will officially take up the position from December.

“We are thrilled to be taking on the challenge of the Mongolian Derby to raise funds for RDA – it’s going to be a touch uncomfortable racing 1000km over 8 days on small, rather feral Mongolian ponies; sleeping under the stars; with dubious hygiene and possibly unspeakable food, but it’s nothing like the challenges many disabled people overcome on a day to day basis. We hope to raise some funds to bring the redeeming power of horses to a wider audience, and help to enhance the lives of disabled people and their carers as a result.”

During her presentation to the RDA’s 47th AGM, Clare described some of the challenges and untapped opportunities that exist to widen the profile and appeal of equestrian activities in the UK. Key elements of this will involve making more of the health and social benefits, and promoting some of the underrepresented horse sports such as vaulting and carriage driving – all of which was music to the ears of the AGM delegates.

“We were pleased to welcome Clare to our AGM,” said RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher. “It was a great opportunity to introduce her to our members, and to give Clare the chance to set out her thoughts on the BEF’s future role. The announcement about the Mongolian Derby was a brilliant surprise and we are grateful for the support and commitment that she and Neil are already showing towards RDA.”

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BEF Chief Executive Clare Salmon addresses AGM delegates

Page Last Updated: November 22, 2016

Princess Anne awarded for 30 years as RDA President

Milestone celebrated at charity AGM, chaired by Her Royal Highness

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has presented The Princess Royal with a certificate to mark her 30 years as the charity’s President. The celebration took place at the end of RDA’s AGM, which was chaired by Her Royal Highness. The presentation was the culmination of a day of highlights, including talks from BEF Chief Executive Clare Salmon and World Horse Welfare’s Roly Owers.

Having presented many certificates to long-serving volunteers during her Presidency, including several ‘President’s Awards’ at this year’s AGM, The Princess was surprised to receive an award herself. She has been involved with RDA since the charity was founded in 1969 and became President in 1986.

“Naturally, we will be holding a big celebration when we reach our 50th anniversary, but we didn’t want this milestone in our President’s long association with RDA to go un-marked,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher.

In a lively day of talks and presentations, delegates from RDA groups across the UK came together at Cheltenham racecourse for RDA’s 47th AGM. BEF Chief Executive Clare Salmon talked about the future of equestrianism in UK, while World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers discussed the most pressing equine welfare concerns. Delegates heard from British Blind Sport’s Alaina MacGregor, RDA’s Jen Wathan and RDA rider Megan Pritchard about a project to encourage more visually impaired people into riding.

Julie Elliston from RDA National Office and Donna Jenkins of Stratford RDA talked about new groups and how existing groups can grow. Caroline Ward, Communications Manager at RDA National Office talked about the new project to build a National Training Centre, and RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher completed the morning’s presentations by looking at the charity’s future strategy.

Awards

  • Loriners Education Award: North Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire RDA
  • Susan Dudley-Smith Award: Jenny Harris
  • National FE Lecturer of the Year: Mike Butcher FRDA
  • President’s Awards: Margaret Morgan, Sue Downer
  • Honorary Life Vice-Presidents: Mark Farmar, Patrick Riley, Susie Elliot
  • Birt Spooner Cup: Patrick Riley

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The Princess Royal with members of North Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire RDA

Page Last Updated: November 18, 2016

Grants for RDA Groups – apply now!

Does your RDA Group need funding for  new equipment, a new project or larger horse?  Then apply now for a grant from RDA UK.  Hurry, closing date is 4 November 2016.  ALL established RDA Groups in ALL locations of the UK are eligible to apply.  Good luck!

Page Last Updated: October 25, 2016

RDA launches project to build a National Training Centre

Project Patrons HRH The Princess Royal and Sophie Christiansen OBE to front fundraising appeal

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has launched a project to build a National Training Centre in Warwickshire. The Centre – to be built at Lowlands EC, near Warwick – will bring together, train and inspire the charity’s volunteers and coaches from around the UK.

The development of a National Training Centre is an exciting and robust response to some of the challenges and opportunities faced by RDA as it reaches its 50th anniversary. In recent years the charity has developed the range of activities it offers as well as the areas of training offered to volunteers (including equine welfare, safeguarding, disability awareness and volunteer management). In addition, RDA’s coaches and volunteers are supporting ever more complex forms of disability, especially in the areas of multi-disability, learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Project Patron and RDA President HRH The Princess Royal said: “As RDA looks forward to the next 50 years, this project to build a National training Centre will draw on all the experience and strength of community at Lowlands to create a vital and inspirational focal point for learning of which we can all be proud.

“RDA has built a world class reputation on the strength of its expertise, coaching and horsemanship. These are strengths that must remain at the heart of everything we do in the coming years. The Lowlands project will ensure we can maintain our high standards and develop our training programmes to ensure the best possible experience for RDA’s riders and carriage drivers long into the future.”

The Centre will be home to the four existing RDA groups that currently operate there; stables and grazing for 20 horses; indoor and outdoor arenas; training and conference facilities; some overnight accommodation and offices. As a working yard with indoor and outdoor arenas and classrooms, the Centre will provide the ideal environment for hosting practical training sessions; workshops and demonstrations as well as events and competitions. The focus of training will be putting riders’ and drivers’ needs first, and this message will be at the heart of everything that happens at Lowlands.

“As someone whose life was transformed by learning to ride with RDA, I am delighted to be able to support this project to create a National Training Centre,” said Project Patron and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen OBE. “I was lucky enough to be taught by a series of inspirational coaches, without whom I would never have discovered a talent for riding.

“RDA could see my potential as a young athlete and supported me every step of the way to the Paralympics. But achievement does not have to be a gold medal. It could be teaching a rider to sit up straight so they can go on to live independently or to be able to communicate to others to help on the journey to employment. Coaches can change lives.”

RDA needs to raise £900,000 to help develop the site at Lowlands EC and is looking for individual and corporate donors. To register your interest in the project, to donate money or to offer equipment or expertise, please contact Sal Atkinson at RDA UK on 01926 405975 or email satkinson@rda.org.uk.

Page Last Updated: October 17, 2016