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

Regional Para Sport Event opens opportunities for disability sports

Inspired by the success of National Paralympic Day earlier this year, Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, is bringing several Paralympic sports together to give even more people the chance to see and try a range of disability sports at the first ever Para Sport Event 2015.

Hosted at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, the free regional event is set out to promote disability sport and also introduce people to para sports by giving them the opportunity to find out more and try some out for themselves. From 9.30am on Sunday 25 October attendees will have the chance to give a variety of Paralympic sports a go including; para-equestrian dressage, para-cycling, para-sailing, wheelchair basketball, para-rowing and archery.

Hot off her success at the recent Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships, Sophie Wells MBE will be part of an introduction to Para-Equestrian Dressage demonstration which will include a display from riders currently training and competing within the British Dressage and Riding for the Disabled competition structure. 

Sophie commented on the importance of events for para sports; “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. This event allows that flexibility, you don’t have to just pick one sport you can do a variety, which is why events like this are so important.

“It draws on the legacy of London 2012, but over time interest does start to fade so these events are really important, it gives people the opportunity to see different sports and to give them a go.”

Following the triumph of National Paralympic Day Sarah Chambers, Project Manager for National Paralympic Day at the British Paralympic Association, praised the initiative aimed at bringing para sports to even more people; “It’s absolutely fantastic that these sports are getting into the spirit of National Paralympic Day. National Paralympic Day gives people the opportunity to celebrate what they love about the Paralympics and I think that this event fits the bill perfectly.

“It is a fun way for people of all ages to show their support for the Paralympics and disability sport.”

It is hoped that the inaugural regional Para Sport Event will mark the start of a regular, more wide spread celebration of para sport, encouraging the increased access and participation of disability sports throughout the country.

Admission to this interactive day packed with information and detail about disability sport is 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 5, 2015

Triple gold Paralympian, Sophie Christiansen, wishes good luck to Slough residents

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As the next winning postcode for players of People’s Postcode Lottery Millions is announced as ‘SL3’, Paralympic equestrian, Sophie Christiansen MBE has sent a special message of good luck to lottery players in the area. 

Sophie started her Paralympic journey at Slough’s local branch of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) – one of the good causes supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

 “Good luck to players of People’s Postcode Lottery in Slough,” says Sophie. “With your help thousands of children and adults with disabilities are being given the chance to reach their full potential through horse riding and carriage driving at RDA.”

RDA uses horses and ponies to deliver life changing therapy to disabled adults and children all over the UK. South Bucks RDA, based in Fulmer, supports over 100 local riders ever week. 

As well as Sophie’s message, RDA will be bringing its special horseshoe to the town to help boost players’ luck before the weekend’s draw. “It’s just a bit of fun,” says RDA Fundraiser Sal Atkinson, “but we do want people to understand the huge impact their support has on charities like ours. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery in Slough might not realise the far-reaching benefits that they bring to children and adults at our riding groups like South Bucks RDA. With their help, we can provide this vital community resource to more deserving people.”

The Postcode Millions Event, where People’s Postcode Lottery will announce the winning postcode in the Slough area, takes place on 27 June at Upton Court Park at 10:45.

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For more information, interviews or to receive images please contact:

Sal Atkinson Riding for the Disabled Association Tel: 01926 405 975 Email: satkinson@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: June 25, 2015

Scropton RDA recruiting a Charity Manager

Scropton Riding for the Disabled is recruiting a Charity Manager to lead them through an important and exciting stage in their development:

“Our charity trustees vision is for Scropton Riding for the Disabled to become an inspirational centre providing the highest quality opportunities for all our disabled riders and drivers. This will include extending both the range of activities that we offer and the number of disabled people benefitting from these. The aim is for the centre to be at the leading edge of therapy through riding and driving, and the destination of choice for local disabled people. The demand for more meaningful and beneficial activities for disabled people has never been greater, and Scropton Riding for the Disabled is ready to play an important role in this area.

The role of Charity Manager will provide an exciting opportunity to lead and manage a small organisation that has big ambitions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the centre, playing a key role in developing and delivering the centre’s business plan. As our Charity Manger you will be at the helm of an enthusiastic and aspirational team, working in an immensely rewarding environment, using your skills to make a real difference to the lives of others.”

More information is available here: https://scropton-rda.workable.com/j/273B8B3025

 

Page Last Updated: June 25, 2015

Ravelrig RDA looking for Development & Operational Manager

Details and job description here:

06.18 Development and Operational Manager Advert

06.18 Development and Operational Manager Role Description

Page Last Updated: June 22, 2015

Princess Anne to lead Carriage Driving celebrations at charity championships

RDA President HRH The Princess Royal at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, Friday 17 July

RDA is welcoming its President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the National Championships this summer to help celebrate 40 years of RDA Carriage Driving. The charity’s flagship event, which takes place on 17-19 July at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, starts on Friday with a celebration of RDA Carriage Driving featuring dressage tests, cones & obstacles and a VIP reception.

Friday’s programme continues with Showjumping, Visually Impaired Dressage, Countryside Challenge and Horsecare & Knowledge. Saturday and Sunday features Dressage, Vaulting, Countryside Challenge, Horsecare & Knowledge, Arts & Crafts and Best Turned Out.

The family-friendly event attracts over 400 competitors, including children and adults, all of whom have qualified for entry at regional competitions organised around the country throughout the spring. Entry to the event is free for visitors and there is plenty to see and do for all ages.

“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness can join us for this special occasion as we celebrate 40 years of RDA Carriage Driving,” says Championships Chairman Anne Coney. “This wonderful event captures the spirit of the whole organisation. We bring together competitors from all over the UK who have overcome sometimes unbelievable challenges to qualify for their place. The courage and skill displayed by many of our riders and drivers is truly inspiring and our volunteers work hard throughout the weekend to make sure everyone has a good time.”

The Championships is famous for its friendly atmosphere, helpful volunteers and ‘can do’ attitude. A free shuttle bus runs throughout the weekend from the carpark to the arenas to make the site more accessible for both visitors and competitors.

Friendly dogs on leads welcome.

Page Last Updated: June 8, 2015

Rossington Hall says ‘thank you’ to long-serving Secretary

After 28 years as Secretary to the Rossington Hall Group, Stancee Wedd decided at the recent AGM that it was time to hang up her pen and hand over the reins to someone else. She thanked her husband Colin for his support over the years. Colin Wedd founded the RDA in 1985, starting with nothing, to build the group up to the incredible facility that it is today.

It provides a unique horse riding and horse experience to hundreds of adults and children each year, something which they wouldn’t normally be able to access. Colin responded, “It has taken years of hard work to get to the stage we are at now, something that is of great value and a fantastic asset to Doncaster, South Yorkshire and RDA, and I thank everyone who has contributed to make it so. Stancee in particular has done a tremendous job over the years”. Colin and Stancee remain as Trustees and volunteers of the Group. Further information about the group can be found at www.rdarossington.co.uk

 

Page Last Updated: May 12, 2015

RDA named Equifest Charity of the Year 2015

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RDA has been chosen as the official charity for Equifest 2015.
 

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, August 12 to 16, this action packed event includes competitions, shows, shopping, celebrities and demonstrations plus the opportunity to meet the team behind RDA. Visit the RDA stand stop by, say hello and do some shopping.

Paralympic Gold Medallist, and award winning rider Natasha Baker, who started her career with RDA, will be doing a demonstration on the Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be plenty of fundraising happening with all the proceeds from the shop and drop going towards the charity. 

Said Ed Bracher, RDA Chief Executive: “RDA is delighted to be the chosen charity at this year’s Equifest.  Being at Equifest will really help raise awareness of RDA and we are looking forward to meeting visitors who want to find out more about the work we do and how they can support us.”

 Added Betsy Branyan of Equifest: “RDA carry out invaluable work and we are very pleased to be supporting their magnificent efforts by choosing them as our charity for 2015.” 

RDA Fenland Group will be running a demonstration  showcasing their wonderful riders, horses and ponies. 

For further information contact Equifest on (01733) 363500 or visit www.equifest.org.uk

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For further press information from RDA images please contact Sal Atkinson, email satkinson@rda.org.uk Tel 01926 405 975 

Page Last Updated: April 16, 2015

People’s Postcode Lottery awards RDA an additional £25k

We are delighted to confirm that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded RDA an additional £25,000 in funding.  Since the Lottery’s launch in 2008 an amazing £58.6 million has so far been awarded to charities and good causes. The support has made a massive difference to hundreds of communities with funding awarded to numerous grass roots groups and local projects as well as national and international charities.

This additional award will allow RDA to support more Group projects and activities in Great Britain in 2015.

RDA Group projects already supported by players in 2014 include:

Middleton Park RDA Yorkshire purchased a new Driving Carriage. The group had a waiting list and the new carriage will provide an extra 4 sessions, reducing the waiting list by 20 people per week.

Tyne and Wear Group have installed new lighting for their outdoor arena.  This has made it possible to offer more rides during the darker days, creating an additional 600 sessions in the first year alone.

Mount Pleasant Group, South Wales needed a new riding arena to continue sessions during the winter months.  The group have 25 young people on the waiting list. The part funding for the new arena will allow the group to provide more sessions and reduce the waiting list.

Quest Group, South East received funding to buy a new pony which will enable the group to run two more classes per week and reduce the current waiting list which at present includes 26 disabled riders.

Dyneley Group, North West, the new arena will allow them to run a longer season on a safe, weatherproof surface. Sessions have previously been cancelled due to unsafe, slippery conditions.

Gareloch Group, Scotland set up their Stable Management therapy sessions to cope with the increased demand for sessions for disabled people who wish to work with horses but who are unable to ride.  At least 20 new places will be created as a result of the new Stable Management project.

Penniwells Group, London, the new Saddle Club has made it possible for 20 more riders to take part in activities over a 10 week programme. The group have a waiting list of 50 riders and the new club will reduce the list.

Travel grants were awarded to 8 RDA Groups to enable them to travel to the 2014 National Championships in Hartpury.

Other projects funded by players include; RDA Holidays, trailer transport for the mechanical horse, the volunteer recruitment memory stick, the 2014 photographic competition, the publication of the new Handbook and Impact Report and the Yard Health Plan chart.

The news of the additional £25,000 was announced at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th January 2015. Over £3 million in additional funding for supported charities was announced at the Gala. Dame Kelly Holmes joined 300 guests to celebrate the impact that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have on charities and good causes.

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Page Last Updated: February 2, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Gala Awards are now OPEN

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Nominate now to be part of the Gala Awards Wednesday 30 September 2015, The Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground, London

Tell us about the outstanding achievements of RDA participants, volunteers, horses and supporters. Send in your nominations using the forms below, to download just click on the link. There are two versions of each form, a Word document which can be filled in electronically and a PDF version for printing and submitting hand written nominations.The six award categories are:

Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Perkins Slade
Nominations are now closed.

Brilliant Idea – sponsored by Automotive Insulations Ltd
Brilliant Idea Application Form 2015 PDF
Brilliant Idea Application Form 2015 Word version

Business Partnership – sponsored by BETA
Business-Partnership-Form 2015 PDF
Business-Partnership-Form 2015 Word version

Most Improved Participant – sponsored by Childs Farm
Most Improved Participant Form 2015 PDF
Most Improved Participant Form 2015 Word version

Vet of the Year – sponsored by Merial Animal Health
Vet of the Year Form 2015 PDF
Vet of the Year Form 2015 Word version

Horse or Pony of the Year – sponsored by Snuggy Hoods
Horse or Pony of the Year-Form 2015 PDF
Horse or Pony of the Year Form 2015 Word version

Guidance for Writing Citations

The closing date for nominations is 30 July 2015.

Awards will be presented by Clare Balding at the 2015 Gala Awards dinner at Lords Cricket Ground on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

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GOOD LUCK!

Page Last Updated: August 3, 2015

Introduction to therapeutic Riding

‘Introduction to therapeutic Riding’, a new study day for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists interested in assisting riders with disabilities and RDA Groups or for therapists who are already working with riders and want to update their skills. More details are available below:

FLYER Intro to Therapeutic Riding course

Page Last Updated: January 22, 2015

RDA Cash Raffle Winners announced

The winners of the 2014 RDA Cash Raffle are: 

1st Prize of £1,000 Raymond Smith of Manchester with ticket no 01019
2nd Prize of £500 Heather Inchley of Chard with ticket no 02528
3rd Prize of £250 Sarah Curtis of Coventry with ticket no 00696

Congratulations also go to the RDA Groups who won the separate prize draw:

£500 for selling the most tickets goes to Royal Forest of Dean Carriage Driving Group
£100 each also goes to the following Groups who entered the draw selling batches of tickets:
Old Park Farnham
Hanford
Lodge Farm
East Fife and Scoonie Hill

Page Last Updated: November 28, 2014

Princess Anne to attend RDA AGM

RDA President, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne will be attending this year’s RDA AGM, which is taking place at Aintree Racecourse for the first time.

The meeting will he held on 12 November, and features a lively programme of presentations in the morning session with the AGM in the afternoon. Speakers include representatives from BT Supporters Club and Comic Relief, and Alex Mills of SportEd. Princess Anne will attend the AGM and present awards.

Download the programme and booking form here: AGM 2014 booking form 

North West Region is hosting a Pre-AGM dinner at the racecourse on the evening of 11 November. With after dinner speech by Snooker champion John Parrott, the event will be a great chance to catch up with RDA friends before the following day’s meeting.

Details of the Pre-AGM dinner can be found here: invite PreAGMbookingform

Page Last Updated: October 8, 2014

Grand National winning trainer to talk at Avon fundraiser

On 23 September, Avon Riding Centre is hosting a fundraising lunch, with talk from Grand National winner Venetia Williams. For more information visit the centre’s website here: www.avonridingcentre.org.uk/2014/06/venetia-williams-lunch/

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2014

Launch of Junior Stevenage Support Saddle

Stevenage RDA has launched a junior version of its Support Saddle so that lighter and smaller riders can benefit.

In 2011 the Stevenage and District RDA Group began to develop the idea of a specially modified Support Saddle together with Shane Mulryan of Mulryan Saddlery. Following this successful partnership, the first Saddle was delivered to the Stevenage Group early in 2012 and was featured in the article “Sitting Pretty” which appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of RDA News. Since then a number of saddles have been purchased by RDA Groups in the UK.

During 2013 the Stevenage Group began to see the need for a junior version of the Saddle, which could be used by lighter and smaller riders who were more suited to small ponies rather than those of 15 hands and above. A further period of development with Mulryan Saddlery resulted in the creation of the Junior Stevenage Support Saddle. This mirrors the features of the full size version and incorporates various modifications and improvements.

 The basic saddle is a Bates 15” with interchangeable gullet system to suit a variety of pony withers sizes. The saddle also has the C-AIR system of air filled cushions in place of more usual flock. This allows for comfortable and supportive use on different shaped backs as well as reducing the saddle weight.

 Additional design features include:

– Removable cantle extension with adjustable side pieces to suit rider’s shape.

– Removable knee supports under saddle flap

– Removable behind the leg supports

– Removable front support bar

 For more information about the saddle contact Mulryan Saddlery at info@mulryansaddlery.com

Page Last Updated: September 2, 2014

Stratford RDA to hold charity garden concert – 10 August

On Sunday 10th August 2014, the Stratford-upon-Avon Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) group is hosting an open-air charity concert with music from the A440 Chamber Orchestra in a bid to raise £3,500.

The charity concert commences at 5pm and ends at 7pm, and will be held in the beautiful gardens of Ridgeway Lodge, Manor Road, Adderbury, Oxon. The A440 Chamber Orchestra will be directed by Kenneth Woods of the English String Orchestra.

“With wonderful music in such a picturesque garden setting, it’ll be a great evening,” says Carol Collins, RDA Sponsorship Secretary. “People can bring a picnic and enjoy a lovely summer evening relaxing with their hampers and champers, and win one of the great prizes in our raffle!”

The concert is a fundraiser to help provide livery for the five resident ponies and raise funds towards buying a hydraulic mounting lift, which allows for a wheelchair to be positioned right next to the pony at the correct level, making it easier for disabled riders to mount.

“The garden is perfect for hosting concerts, and I wanted to help a local charity,” says host and cellist Graham Appleton. “RDA is doing great work, but it needs more funding to continue giving those with learning and physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to ride.”

In addition to the concert and raffle, there will be a demonstration ride by RDA with ponies Marco and Keira.

“Our motto is ‘it’s what you can do that counts’,” says Donna Jenkins, RDA Group Organiser. “The benefits to the riders can be huge; for example one of our regular riders has cerebral palsy and riding has really helped improve his walking. We are very grateful to Graham for helping us host this event.”

RDA Stratford-upon-Avon is one of 500 groups in the UK working in conjunction with registered charity, the Riding for the Disabled Association, that provide riding lessons for people of varying disabilities. The Stratford group runs over 800 rides a year, with lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Gates open at 4pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £5 for those aged 16 and under. For more details, contact Carol Collins at carol.collins2@btinternet.com or 07460 319275 or Donna Jenkins at donna@mdjenkins.co.uk or 07818 413107 or visit www.rda-stratford.org.uk.

Page Last Updated: July 10, 2014

Job 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 is an active yard with the need to recruit:

2 x Grooms

£13,520 per annum 40 hours per week

to include some evening and weekend work.

There is a requirement to undertake evening stable checks for 2/3 nights per week and therefore shared accommodation is available for both posts. Successful applicants are welcome to live in.

You will join an existing dynamic team and be required to hold a Level 3 equine qualification. You will be committed to developing your skills within equine care, be confident in producing horses to a high standard and demonstrate an understanding of and be committed to the work of CSRC and RDA. You will be willing to undertake RDA qualifications in order to support the Equine Manager in the coaching role.

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

Closing date: 2 July 2014

 

Page Last Updated: June 16, 2014

RDA Gala Awards Dinner – reserve your tickets now

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Tuesday 30 September 2014 at The Hotel Russell, London. 
Join us and Clare Balding to celebrate the outstanding achievements of RDA participants, volunteers and supporters. Tickets are on sale now and include:

*  Sparkling drinks reception
*  Three course dinner with wine
*  After dinner speech by our special guest
*  Awards presentation
*  Live auction

If you missed last year’s Awards here is a taste of the event, filmed by Horse and Country TV

To reserve your places download the ticket order form or email satkinson@rda.org.uk
Numbers are limited and tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Page Last Updated: August 5, 2014

Entries still open for the Intro Para-Equestrian Competitions

There are still two Intro para-equestrian show dates to go, with entries still being taken, in the first of this British Dressage summer show series. Visit the BEF Intro Para Show page to find out more information about how they work and if you are eligible to attend.

 Summer dates still open for entries are:

• Sunday 8th June – Unicorn RDA, Middlesborough

• Sunday 15th June – The Diamond Centre RDA, Surrey

The new webpage, full of information about the show series can be found by clicking the link below:

Para-Intro Show Series: click for further information

If you have further queries, please contact Beccy Phillips – beccy.phillips@bef.co.uk / 02476 698871

All entries are made directly to the centres themselves using the Intro Para entry form; schedules can be found on the British Dressage Schedules page.

To download a copy of the entry form, please click here

To view a copy of the British Dressage schedule, please click here

WHAT ARE THE PARA INTRO SHOWS?

As part of the 2013-2017 British Equestrian Federation Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have introduced a new competition series of Para-Equestrian Dressage Competitions.

This competition series has been introduce to help riders to ‘bridge the gap’ between competing at Riding for the Disabled dressage competitions and affiliated British Dressage competitions. The aim is to break down some of the perceived barriers that stop riders starting in what is now one of the best competition pathways in the World. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps in to the British Dressage competition structure.

Riders do not have to be members of British Dressage to compete at these shows, but are encouraged to become British Dressage Associate member, which is free to join, as this means any results and scores achieved at these competitions will be listed on the British Dressage database.

Page Last Updated: May 20, 2014

RDA is recruiting – Corporate Fundraiser

RDA is recruiting a full time, permanent Corporate Fundraiser to join the team at RDA UK, Warwick. Download the Job Description & Person Spec to find out more. Closing date for applications is 16 May 2014

Page Last Updated: April 24, 2014

Supra Regional Conference, 29 April, The Hand Equestrian Centre

The Supra Regional Conference for South West, Mid West and South Wales with the theme, ‘From Head to Tail’ will take place on Tuesday 29 April at The Hand Equestrian Centre.

The full programme includes presentations from equine dentist, Milosz Grabski and Physiotherapist Ros Boisseau, with a scurry driving demonstration by Jeff Osborne. More information and booking details here: http://www.rda.org.uk/events/supra-regional-conference-south-west/

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