Nominations for 2017 RDA Gala Awards are now open!

Celebrate achievement by nominating RDA riders, drivers, volunteers and horses for the 2017 Gala Awards.
http://www.rda.org.uk/rda-gala-awards-2017-nominations-now-open/

Winners will be presented with their awards at the RDA Gala Dinner on 26 September 2017 at The Underglobe, London.
Hosted by Clare Balding and attended by Alastair Stewart, Anneka Rice and Peter Egan.
Closing date for nominations is 22 July 2017.

Page Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Join Sam’s Big Ride

sam orde picRaising money for RDA’s National Training Centre, The Big Ride will see RDA UK Chairman, Sam Orde, complete rides or carriage drives in each of RDA’s 18 regions throughout the summer.

Travelling an average of 15km for each ride, Sam will be joined by RDA members and supporters en route.

“I can’t wait to begin this challenge, which will take me from the Highlands to Northern Ireland, Wales, the South Coast and everywhere in between. I hope to raise lots of money for the National Training Centre, and I am encouraging RDA members to join one of the 18 rides or carriage drives and raise money for their own groups too.”

Find a ride near you:

East Region  Sunday 9 April redman.tessa@gmail.com
NE & S Yorks  Wednesday 31 May bobjude@btinternet.com
Yorks & Cleveland  Sunday 28 May clairepope184@hotmail.com
South  Monday 12 June flochrane@btinternet.com
South East  Wednesday 28 June gilly_roper@btinternet.com
South West  Tuesday 1 August sue@schumacher.com
South Wales Friday 4 August judith.england@btconnect.com
Northern Ireland  Sunday 20 August rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk
Yorkshire & Cleveland (ride 2) Wednesday 23 August purpletracy@hotmail.co.uk
W & Central Scotland  Wednesday 13 September susanduncanmillar@hotmail.com
Grampian & Highland  Sat 9 September gandhrda@aol.com
North West  Sunday 17 September sheilas@nantwichcc.co.uk
North Midlands  Friday 22 September dencorrall@gmail.com
North Wales  12/13 October rdanwaleschair@outlook.com
West Mercia  Tuesday 17 October anonamay@btinternet.com
Mid West  Sept/Oct lizzieblair@btconnect.com
Greater London  Sept/Oct mike.locke@outlook.com
North  tbc carolebarr2@aol.com
Edinburgh & Borders  tbc lawhittaker@live.co.uk

For general information contact Sam: orde@btconnect.com

To donate to Sam’s Big Ride visit: mydonate.bt.com/events/bigride2017/432482

Page Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Make a Splash for RDA at the Lions Charity Raft Race

Wellesbourne & District and Shakespeare Lions Clubs are raising funds for RDA UK at the 2017 Raft Race.
Sign up today – Get a team together, build a raft then put the fun into fundraising by paddling your raft down the River Avon to Stratford on
Sunday 23 July 2017
a definite date for the diary!!
Find out more   http://www.raftrace.org.uk/  Tel: 07590 387 204 or email enquiries@raftrace.org.uk

Page Last Updated: March 14, 2017

Job vacancy at The Brae

The Brae RDA has a vacancy for a Chief Instructor/Trainer. Details on their website here: www.brae.org.uk/chief-instructortrainer-job-details/

Page Last Updated: January 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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. The Centre has 24 horses and ponies and a new Centre for Equine Learning and Therapy. CSRC requires the following:-

Volunteer Coordinator

£17,500 pro rata 25 hours per week

The Volunteer Coordinator will be required to recruit and coordinate an effective team of volunteers ensuring that Clwyd Special Riding Centre maintains its high standard of service provision.

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 23 September 2016

Invitation to interview will be sent via email Monday 26 September 2016

Interviews will be held on Monday 3 October 2016

Start date: Monday 31 October 2016

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

Page Last Updated: September 15, 2016

2-for-1 tickets for Clare Balding Theatre events

Special offer for RDA supporters to celebrate the launch of Clare’s new book

Ahead of Clare Balding’s appearance at the RDA Gala Awards, where she will be signing copies of her new book, we are delighted to be able to offer 2-for-1 tickets at her live theatre events over the Autumn.

Clare will be celebrating the publication of her very first children’s book THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN’T GALLOP at three events in Salisbury, Guildford and Exeter. She’ll be fresh from our TV screens having presented the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

Clare will be appearing at Salisbury Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud and Northcott Theatre for three fantastic events for all the family, including some foyer entertainment. THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN’T GALLOP is partly inspired by Clare’s own childhood, so you can expect some fantastic growing-up anecdotes and to hear about her infectious love of animals.

A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message”, Jacqueline Wilson

To claim your 2-for-1 tickets, simply use the codes below either when you book online or when you call the box office.

Salisbury: CLARE

Exeter: RACEHORSE241

For Guildford simply call the Box Office now on 01483 44 00 00 to book.

Please note: Offer on the ticket price only, the price of the book is not included in the offer.

Page Last Updated: September 15, 2016

RDA Trading – new job opportunity

Looking for a new challenge?  RDA is recruiting a part time Trading Co-ordinator responsible for growing sales and income from the RDA online shop and at events. This is an exciting and varied role based at RDA National Office, Warwick. Ideal candidates will have creative flair, enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of an energetic, professional team.
To find out more download the RDA Trading Co-ordinator Job Description.  Visit the RDA online shop at http://www.rdashop.org.uk/

To apply please email a full CV and covering letter, describing why you would be suitable for this role to Sal Atkinson email satkinson@rda.org.uk  Direct Dial Tel 01926 405 975

Page Last Updated: August 15, 2016

Seeking a new trustee for RDA UK

With specific responsibility for Scotland and Strategy on rider/driver numbers

The Board of RDA UK includes three Trustees who are elected by the Member Groups. This year Susie Elliot reaches the end of her final term (in March 2017) and therefore we are seeking nominations for the election of this post – which will take place at this year’s AGM on 16 November.

If you are interested in this post, please read the following paperwork carefully and complete the nomination form.

 Trustee advert and nom paper- SCOT – 2016

Page Last Updated: July 21, 2016

RDA is recruiting two new Fundraisers to join the team!

Capital Fundraising Officer, Trusts and Grants
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities. Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding and a new capital fundraising campaign is being launched. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of leading a successful Capital Fundraising campaign and a proven track record in securing substantial grants from Trusts and Foundations.

This is an exciting role for the right person – a creative, energetic team player. 

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time.

For more information download the Capital Fundraising Officer Job Description
To apply please email a CV and covering letter, explaining why you think you would be suitable, to satkinson@rda.org.uk Tel 01926 405 975. 
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Fundraising Officer, Major Individual Donors
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities.Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of securing gifts from high net worth individuals and a proven track record of successful fundraising.

This is an exciting role for the right person – an energetic people person.

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time. 

For more information download the Major Individual Donor Fundraising Officer Job Description  Tel 01926 405 975
To apply please email your CV and covering letter, explaining why you would be suitable for the role, to satkinson@rda.org.uk
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Page Last Updated: June 8, 2016

Hoof Capital Funding 2016 – Applications open

Are you a centre or club looking to improve your riding establishment in order to enhance participation?

Over the last three years the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has invested over £500,000 into riding centres and organisations to help increase participation in equestrian sports. The Hoof Capital Funding scheme is provided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Government agency, Sport England.

The BEF has today launched its 2016 Capital Funding programme and will again provide two schemes, both designed to support the development of equestrian facilities that will contribute to helping increase participation of riding, driving and vaulting in England.

Bids submitted should be for no less than £1,000 and no more than £25,000, whilst the preferred bid level is between £10,000 and £15,000. Grants will be awarded to those projects that can clearly deliver increased participation for equestrianism and have a positive sustainable impact to their local community.

Projects which are awarded funding will need to demonstrate the funded project is able to be completed by 31st March 2017.

 If you are interested in applying for funding, expressions of interest (Stage 1) should be received by the British Equestrian Federation by Friday 29th April 2016.

All applicants will be notified by Monday 9th May 2016 whether their expression of interest has been successful or not. Successful applicants will then be required to submit a full application (Stage 2) by Friday 3rd June 2016. Confirmation will be given to successful applicants after this second stage by Friday 20th June 2016.

For application forms and further information please click here.

Page Last Updated: April 4, 2016

RDA Gala Awards 2016 – Nominations are now OPEN!

Make your nominations now for the 2016 Gala Awards and book your tickets 

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2016

Vacancy for new Project Co-ordinator

RDA is very excited to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport to improve the capacity of the organisation, and the equestrian industry generally, to work with more blind and visually impaired people. Thanks to funding from Sport England, RDA is looking to recruit a part time Project
Co-ordinator for this new programme.

To find out more:

Job Description

How to apply 

Closing date for applications is 18 March 2016 

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

Carriage Drivers say thank you to players

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery more disabled carriage drivers can take part in RDA activities at local Lincolnshire group.

“Our new Fenix Carriage has arrived and it’s fantastic! Thank you so much to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.” says Caroline Sanderson, RDA volunteer at Lincolnshire Wolds Group   “This has made a huge difference to our group, we have already more than doubled the number of carriage drivers we can take out to enjoy the new Spring season, it’s a real life changer.”

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

RDA Magazine – Winter issue now available online

Click on the cover to read a page-turner version of the latest RDA Magazine

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Subscribe now to receive every issue of the magazine straight to your door for free. www.rda.org.uk/subscribe

 

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Page Last Updated: May 24, 2016

Vacancies 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. The Centre has 24 horses and ponies and due to exciting new developments requires the following:

DEPUTY EQUINE MANAGER

£16,500 per annum 40 hours per week

to include some evening and weekend work.

The Deputy Equine Manager will deputise for, assist and support the Equine Manager on all aspects of equine related matters at CSRC. The successful applicant will have at least 3 years’ proven experience in this area.

2 x GROOM

£13,936 per annum 40 hours per week

to include some evening and weekend work.

You will be required to hold a Level 3 equine qualification or have the equivalent 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 posts 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.

Volunteers

There are so many ways to get involved here at CSRC with volunteers playing a vital role in both equine and non-equine related activities.

We also require volunteers to help with our exciting new ‘Project CELT – Centre for Equine Learning and Therapy’ which is a Big Lottery Fund project. If you are interested in volunteering then please contact us, we would be so pleased to hear from you.

Closing date for Deputy Equine Manager and Grooms: 12 noon Wednesday 3 February 2016

Invitation to interview will be sent via email on Friday 5 February 2016

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 10/Thursday 11 February 2016

Start date: Monday 14 March 2016

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

 

Page Last Updated: January 18, 2016

BBC Lifeline Appeal to feature RDA

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RDA will be the featured charity for the first BBC Lifeline Appeal of 2016, to be aired on BBC1, Sunday 17 January at 16:15 pm. The Appeal will be presented by TV and Radio presenter Anneka Rice. Repeated on Wednesday 20 Jan at 13:00, the programme features 5 year old RDA rider, Amy and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen. Both rider stories illustrate the transformative effect horse riding has had and why donations are so important to enable the charity to help even more people.

During the programme, viewers will meet Amy and her parents, who offer an emotional account of Amy’s first few weeks as a premature baby and her eventual diagnosis of Global Development Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder and core stability weakness. Mum Sarah describes Amy’s daily challenges as well as the amazing impact RDA has had since she started riding just one year ago.

“She is SO much stronger ,” says Sarah, “and can now walk longer distances and is learning how to walk up and down stairs safely. She is more stable when playing with other children so hopefully sometime soon she will be able to join her friends outside in the school playground.”

Paralympian Sophie Christiansen discusses how she started riding for physiotherapy aged 7 and how RDA has given her the opportunity to achieve so much in life – not just as an elite equestrian but also the confidence to gain her Masters in Maths and go on to carve out a successful career.

Anneka Rice explains her involvement with the charity and why she was so keen to front the Appeal: “I first became aware of RDA when I helped to build an indoor riding school for one of the charity’s groups in London 21 years ago as part of the programme Challenge Anneka. I was privileged to meet some of the amazing riders, volunteers and horses, and to understand the lasting difference riding can make.

“For the children and adults I have spoken to, RDA is an incredibly special place, where friendships are made, where no one is treated differently and where disability fades into the background. That’s why I’m proud to support this Lifeline Appeal, and why I hope you will feel able to donate what you can to help many more disabled people find out what they can achieve.”

The Appeal opens for donations on Thursday 14 January and remains open for a month. Visit the programme page: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ymyyr

 

Page Last Updated: January 12, 2016

RDA launches flagship magazine for disability equestrianism

New publication will ‘inform and inspire’ about disability sport

Riding for the Disabled Association is launching a new magazine – available by free subscription – designed to inform and inspire its readership about the work of RDA UK; disability sport and equestrianism. Published by Matrix Print Consultants Limited, RDA Magazine will launch in January as a quarterly publication – replacing the charity’s existing RDA News.

With a new editor, new design and new online subscription model, RDA is aiming to reach more of its riders and carriage drivers, volunteers and supporters, and anyone with an interest in the charity and its activities.

“We are really excited to be working with Matrix and our new editor, Ffion Llwyd-Jones,” said Communications Manager for RDA UK, Caroline Ward. “The design is fresh and engaging, and Ffion brings a wealth of equestrian and journalistic experience to the role. We are really lucky to have her on board – as well as the rest of the team at Matrix, who have created an engaging and aspirational publication that we hope our existing and new readers will enjoy.”

“I am delighted to be working on RDA Magazine,” said new editor, Ffion. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, working with a great team, to create a new magazine that really showcases how the RDA uses a combination of education, therapy and fun to improve the lives of thousands of people.”

RDA Magazine is available free of charge by subscribing at: www.rda.org.uk/subscribe.

Page Last Updated: December 4, 2015

2015 Raffle winners announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 RDA annual cash raffle:

1st Prize of £1,000 goes to Mrs R Ayres. Ticket no 35623
2nd Prize of £500 goes to Ellershaw House, Care Home.  Ticket no 31984
3rd Prize of £250 goes to RDA Durrance Group. Ticket no 44532

A big thank you to everyone who supported the raffle.

 

Page Last Updated: November 30, 2015

Greater Manchester RDA gets £1,000 boost from Join In

Join In, the official London 2012 legacy charity that helps UK sports clubs attract more volunteers has presented a cheque for £1,000 to Greater Manchester Riding for the Disabled Association. The RDA Group, one of nearly 500 around the UK, completed a survey run by Join In in partnership with BT. They were entered into a prize draw and won the cash boost, which will help to improve facilities at the centre.

The Group said: “This award will make a great difference to us. We are currently fundraising to improve our facilities, carrying out much needed work to our arena and also putting in a path so that it will be more accessible to wheelchair users. This prize will take us a big step closer, especially as we can use it as match funding so it will double in value!”

RDA relies on 19,000 dedicated volunteers around the country to deliver its services and Join In is supporting RDA Groups to connect with new volunteers in their local area through the Join In website.

Join In CEO Rebecca Birkbeck said: “We are delighted to work with our founding partner BT to support volunteer run community sports clubs. RDA clubs do brilliant work to enable people with a disability to enjoy horse riding. It was great to visit Greater Manchester RDA and experience this first hand and we are pleased that the support of BT and Join In will enable to help more people to enjoy the sport.”

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Page Last Updated: November 3, 2015

Inspiring event for disability sport heads to Northampton

On 25 October 2015 six Paralympic sports will be coming together for a host of demonstrations, information and ‘have a go’ sessions at the inaugural regional Para Sport Event. Moulton College, Northamptonshire, will be opening their doors to welcome guests to discover how to get started in disability sport and a taste of the opportunities available.

Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, will be hosting a range of activities on the day include para-rowing, para-sailing, wheelchair basketball, archery, para-cycling and para-equestrian dressage, with advice and help for those looking to take their first steps into disability sports.

Special guest, London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist, Sophie Wells MBE will be on hand for coaching guidance and advice on getting involved in para-equestrian dressage during the live demonstrations and at the para-dressage stand, where  Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme mechanical horse will be giving free taster sessions throughout the day; “Lots of people will see disability sports but not know how they can get involved, that is the biggest hurdle, there are lots of sports out there and this gives people the opportunity to try different sports” comments Sophie.

Demonstrations in the main equine arena will give people the chance to see first-hand para-equestrian dressage as participants currently involved with Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and British Dressage showcase the sport. Long-time member and volunteer of Scropton RDA in Derbyshire Matthew Dalley hopes his demonstration ride will “inspire someone to get involved in sport and improve their life through it” having seen the impact horse riding has had on his own life;

“Riding has always been really important to me and has helped me to progress in many different ways. It has challenged me, given me goals and ambitions, motivated me, given me confidence and self-belief. It has helped me grow stronger both physically and mentally.

Matthew enthuses; “I am really excited to be a part of the event. I want to show what can be achieved even when you have a lot of challenges to overcome.”

Hoof hopes the day will give even more people the chance to discover the different sports that are on offer and looks to open the regional event up to more locations in the future.

Admission to this interactive day packed with information and detail about disability sport is absolutely free! More information about the day can be found at http://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=ParaSportEvent2015

To sign up for free tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/para-sport-event-tickets-18713755346

Page Last Updated: October 22, 2015