Andrews Bowen announces Official Partner agreement with RDA

Agreement includes:’ Official Surface Provider’ to RDA Groups, sponsorship of RDA Ground Crew and Gala Awards supporter

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has announced a new partnership with world-leading arena surface specialists Andrews Bowen. The company has supported RDA’s work for many years and has supplied surfaces at RDA venues across the UK, but this is the first time the two organisations have made a formal agreement.

As Official Surface Provider to RDA, Andrews Bowen, whose surfaces can be seen at HOYS, championship showgrounds at home and abroad and were the choice for the equestrian games at the 2012 Olympics will sponsor the Ground Crew at RDA’s National Championships, as well as support the charity’s Gala Awards evening.

David Andrews said: “We have been committed to supporting the RDA for many years, the organisation does great work and its horses and riders deserve arenas that allow them to get the best out of their riding. This partnership is very special and we feel privileged to be able to help.”

The RDA National Championships takes place from 15 to 17 July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. The competition is RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of disabled competitors who have qualified to take part, with over 90 classes taking place over the three days. In the past, the event has provided a springboard for Paralympian’s including Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson – all of whom started their careers with the support of RDA.

The RDA Gala Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements and commitment of the charity’s riders, volunteers and horses. This year’s event, hosted by Clare Balding, is at Drapers Hall, London on 28 September.

“We are delighted to have the support of Andrews Bowen as official surface provider and sponsors of these two significant areas of activity,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “Our Championships Ground Crew – staffed entirely by volunteers – is a natural fit for Andrews Bowen. They work tirelessly throughout the event to prepare every competition arena to create the best possible experience for our horses and riders.

“The Gala Awards is a huge celebration of our work and relies on corporate partners to ensure it is a night to remember for everyone involved. We are grateful to Andrews Bowen both for their support of RDA as a whole and the service they provide to our groups across the UK.”

Andrews Bowen technical surfaces have become the first choice across all equestrian disciplines from top level show jumping , dressage and polo through to arenas for the world’s top riders.

Its surfaces have won favour with riders thanks to the 360° thinking behind the technology that delivers support for the horse and performance advantages for the rider. Andrews Bowen’s design team is made up of competition riders and, for them – it all starts with the horse. Its surfaces support horses’ natural movement and provide consistency, for more fluid movement and surer footing.

DSC_8843The RDA Ground Crew

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