RDA Gala Awards winners announced

MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE RDA GALA AWARDS 2013

RDA Group Brilliant Idea of the Year – sponsored by Automotive Insulation Ltd
Kesteven RDA

RDA Business Partnership of the Year – sponsored by BETA
Severn Trent Water

RDA Most Improved Participant of the Year- sponsored by Childs Farm
Paul Conway of The Unicorn Centre

RDA Horse or Pony of the Year – sponsored by Connected Thinking
Denby from Wenlo and Ashmount RDA Groups

RDA Vet of the Year – sponsored by Merial Animal Health
Winner to be announced on the night. Shortlisted nominations are:

Nick Hart of The Royal Vet College
Tom Miller of Stokesley Vet Practice
Judy Scrine of Mayes and Scrine Vet Practice

RDA Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Nationwide Uniforms
Jane Gladstone from Nottingham RDA

The Dame Emma-Jane Brown Award for the RDA Pony in recognition of extraordinary service to disabled riders
Winner to be announced on the night

All winners are attending the dinner on 2 October 2013, at Plaisterers’ Hall, London with special guest Clare Balding OBE

Page Last Updated: September 20, 2013

RDA Volunteers are invited to the ACPTR Workshop and Conference

RDA  volunteers are  invited to The ACPTR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Therapeutic Riding) workshop on 26/27 September, and the conference on 28/29 September 2013, at Muirfield Riding Therapy, North Berwick, Scotland. More information and the booking form can be found here
ACPTR Conference 2013

Page Last Updated: August 9, 2013

Royal Day for Argyll RDA Driving Group

HRH The Princess Royal, President of Riding for the Disabled, enjoyed an equestrian day out in glorious sunshine at Benderloch, near Oban, on Tuesday 9 July, visiting the Argyll RDA Driving Group and watching a training session at the group’s new arena, built last year.

Eleven year-old Jessica Turnbull of Dunoon received her first carriage driving lesson under the watchful eye of Her Royal Highness. (Jessica suffers from a rare genetic disorder that affects her speech, balance and development. She rides regularly with the Woodside RDA Group.)

“It was fun,” said Jessica. “I was nervous before we started, but then it was okay. I felt special meeting a princess.”

Three other drivers (all regulars at the Driving Group) demonstrated their carriage driving skills: Donald MacDonald, Davina Plank and Lorraine Smart. They were accompanied by RDA Whips Vivienne Price and Penny Dixon.

Princess Anne presented rosettes to all the RDA drivers, and to their two horses Red and Bramble.

Jane Isaac, Organiser of the Argyll RDA Driving Group, said they were delighted to receive a royal visit, which they felt recognised the strength of local support for the group. “We’re in a fairly remote area, but in the eight years since we started we now have 14 regular members driving in our twice-weekly sessions, supported by five RDA Whips and a team of 12 wonderful helpers.” The Group also travels away regularly to Scottish competitions and the annual Carriage Driving summer holiday.

Her Royal Highness also presented Carriage Driving Achievement Badges to 24 members of the Lettershuna Pony Club Centre and the North Argyll Pony Club. Joyce Buick was presented with her Stable Management Certificate from North Highland College, and Claire MacPherson received a Saltire Award for her 200 hours of voluntary work with the RDA Driving Group.

Group organiser Jane Isaac, previously a Pony Club District Commissioner and organiser of the BE Inveraray event, as well as currently serving as President of the local Branch of the Pony Club and RDA County Chairman, is keen to promote the integration of equine sports in the region.

“We don’t have enough people or money to be exclusive in a rural area. Our local Pony Club members are our future helpers and Whips, and often their parents become involved in the Driving Group as well. We wouldn’t exist without our very committed Trustees and all our hardworking volunteers.”

Page Last Updated: July 17, 2013

Queen’s Award for Volunteering goes to Kent RDA Group

Buckingham Palace has announced that Cobbes Meadow Group RDA is one of three organisations in Kent to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. RDA rider Jo Link and volunteer Christine Sladden were asked to contribute their views on what Cobbes Meadow means to them. This is a very prestigious award and we thank Catherine McCully and Caroline Loder-Simmonds, who helped with some of the details on the form, and in particular Roddy Loder-Simmonds for making the application.

Page Last Updated: June 11, 2013

Gloria Hunniford joins Bradbourne 50th birthday celebrations

By Gilly Roper

The sun shone at the at 50th birthday party of the Bradbourne Group . Gloria Hunniford opened the clubhouse by unveiling a plaque thanking those who gave so generously to the project. She spoke in praise of the work done by RDA and the courage of our riders and drivers.

Jonny Clark, one of our early rider,s proposed a toast to the group and Judi Singer, our Regional Chairman cut the birthday cake ably assisted by Group Chairman Peter Felgate.

Many friends, helpers, supporters, riders and drivers attended, including our previous Regional Chairman and the current Regional Holiday Rep.

Excellent refreshments were served in the new clubhouse and the marquee provided an excellent setting for meeting old and new friends.

Before leaving Gloria Hunniford was introduced to some our riders who had been showing their skills throughout the day.

This celebration would not have been possible if the idea of disabled people riding horses had not occurred to Peter Felgate all those years ago and others had been keen to work to make it a reality. Gilly Roper organized a fantastic party and has received numerous thank you letters .

We now eagerly look forward to our centenary!

 

Page Last Updated: May 20, 2013

Avon Centre Badminton Fun Ride

Wednesday 8 May

A chance to ride up close to the famous badminton Horse Trial fences and obstacles. In aid of Avon Riding Centre.

Read all about it here: 2013 Badminton Fun Ride (2)

Page Last Updated: April 30, 2013

BEF launches capital funding rounds 2013-14

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

The British Equestrian Federation has today launched its 2013-2014 Capital Funding round, providing an opportunity for centres and clubs to apply for £1 for £1 match funding to upgrade riding establishments, increase capacity and accessibility or improve centre facilities – ie. changing rooms, toilets, social areas.

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 and sustainable impact in their local community.

Projects which are awarded funding will need to demonstrate the funded project is able to be completed by 14th March 2014.

If you are interested in applying for funding, expressions of interest (Stage 1) should be received by the British Equestrian Federation by Friday 10th May 2013.

All applicants will be notified by Friday 17th May 2013 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 14th June 2013; notification will be given to successful applicants after this second stage by Friday 28th June.

For application forms and further information please visit www.hoofride.co.uk/funding or www.bef.co.uk

Page Last Updated: April 15, 2013

Maisemore RDA – fab at 40

Volunteers and riders past and present got together to celebrate the 40th birthday of Maisemore RDA. . Founded in 1972, the Group started out at Rectory Farm, Maisemore. Today, the Group enjoys the wonderful facilities of the Equine Centre at Hartpury College.

During the celebration lunch, Maisemore Chairman, Pat Milson spoke about the history and development of the group over the past 40 years. Congratulations to everyone involved at maisemore. Hears to another 40 years!

Page Last Updated: January 10, 2013

Countrywide Grants awarded

In January 2013 twenty one RDA Groups benefited from grants totalling £14,100, made possible by the generosity of Countrywide Farmers. Here is how the grants were awarded:

RDA Group

Grant

Purpose

Powderham

£1,000

ACPTR Training for physiotherapist

Loppington House

£314

toe aids and hats

Marlborough

£954

tack + equipment

Tradissar

£900

side-saddle

Shacks Barn & Buck

£1,000

equipment for indoor area

Eastbourne area

£750

pony

Stella Hancock

£950

harness for new driving horse

Ingfield Manor

£300

equipment for new riders

Horsehills

£55

reins

Knightsbridge

£750

hats, saddle, stirrup leathers

Arden

£1,000

ACPTR physio training + equipment

Marches

£208

training equipmment

Helen Atkin

£880

materials & equipment for new shed

Dyneley

£1,000

Building stables

Dial Wood

£500

surface improvement

Rainbow

£500

vaulting barrel

Berwickshire

£1,000

general activities equipment

Argyll

£800

driving cones and markers

Pembs

£850

site hut

Mount Pleasant

£335

tack

Newtownards

£84

waistband amplifier

Page Last Updated: December 1, 2015

Kenya trek raises £51,000 for RDA

22 RDA Volunteers raised a total of £51,000 for RDA Groups across the UK by taking part in a gruelling trek through Kenya’s Rift Valley. Taking in extinct volcanoes, steep canyons and dramatic gorges, the team trekked for up to 8 hours a day in extreme heat. Day three of the trek saw the bravest of the team making the terrifying abseil down Hell’s Gate Gorge.

Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for raising so much for RDA Groups.

Page Last Updated: November 27, 2012

Tyne & Wear RDA receives £25,000 from Kavli Trust

The Kavli Trust, owner of Primula, has donated £25,000 to Tyne and Wear RDA based at Washington Riding Centre, fully funding two brand new blocks of stables.

The new livery stables will house up to eight new horses and enable the Washington Riding Centre to generate a sustainable and long-term source of income, allowing further self-funded developments and upgrades to take place at the school.

Eileen Curley from Washington Riding Centre said of the donation: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the management and staff of Kavli Ltd. This will make a tremendous difference to our centre. We now have the opportunity to introduce new horses into the centre and increase employment prospects for our trainees. There will definitely be long-term benefits for our centre and those who ride with us.

“We cannot thank Kavli enough for all they have done and we wish them all every success in the future.”

Paul Lewney, Managing Director at Kavli UK said: “It is a great honour to make donations on behalf of The Kavli Trust, especially as this will make such a difference to the local community who make use of the facilities.

“We are particularly proud that we have been able to make a donation that will enable the Washington Riding Centre to create a new, independent and sustainable source of income that will benefit its members for years to come.”

Opened in 1977 by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Washington Riding Centre offers horse riding lessons and stable management training for children and adults with a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

The Washington Riding Centre was nominated for the donation by Kavli UK employee, Maureen Brown. On the £25,000 donation, Maureen commented: “My husband and I have worked and volunteered with the Washington Riding Centre for many years and we are thrilled that the school has benefited from this generous donation by The Kavli Trust. I retire in March after 29 happy years at Kavli. It feels like a wonderful legacy that a company I have loved working for has been able to support such a worthwhile charity, so close to my heart.”

Owned by The Kavli Trust, profits from the commercial operations of Kavli Group are used to support scientific, cultural and humanitarian causes around the world.

Page Last Updated: November 19, 2012

RDA Chief Executive presents four-year plan for charity at AGM

RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher, presented the charity’s 4-year strategic plan is his address to the RDA AGM. You can download the accompanying presentation here: AGM 2012 – EdBracher-for website

Page Last Updated: November 19, 2012

Conquest Centre urgent appeal for volunteers

Can you help? read their appeal here: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=035eb87d2cfb4d18c8524a2dd&id=8e525e5d71

Page Last Updated: November 14, 2012

Multiple awards for Bannockburn RDA

Bannockburn RDA is celebrating after receiving 3 awards for its work.

HorseScotland

Bannockburn Group RDA won the Club of the Year Award at the horsescotland awards. This award is made to a club which has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equestrianism at a local, regional or national level.

Provost Award 2012

The Group was delighted to receive a Provost Award 2012 in the Voluntary category. These awards took place on Friday 26th October in Stirling Castle.

Bannockburn RDA was proud to see rider Owen Keeble return from Athens Special Olympics with one gold medal and two silvers. Staff member Lynne Blore won Centre FM local hero award in recognition of her work with the Centre’s vaulting team and Centre Manager Sara Smith was recognised for her personal fundraising efforts, which included a triathlon this year.

Overall the Award also recognises our many volunteers without whom the Centre could not operate.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Stirling volunteer Peter Cowie has won the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award for RDA. Peter has been volunteering with the Bannockburn Group for nearly four years and volunteers for around 25 hours per week, turning his hand to most maintenance jobs and generally supporting the Centre’s work. Carol Simpson, Development Manager for the group said “ our volunteers are vital to the running of the Centre and we are delighted to see Peter’s contribution recognised”.

Page Last Updated: November 12, 2012

Telegraph Grants

The 2011 Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal enabled RDA to offer £100,000 direct to Groups in the form of grants. Here is a list of how the grants were awarded in 2012:

 RDA Group

Grant awarded

PURPOSE

Ackworth Group, West Yorkshire

£7,000

Planning and legal costs for building a new indoor school to increase activity

Avon Centre, Bristol

£10,000

Purchase of land adjacent to the centre to allow continued use and  expansion

Ceffyl Du, Gwent

£7,000

Carriage Driving equipment and training for new RDA whips to increase provision of driving

Chiverton Group, Cornwall

£5,000

Towards the costs of a new building to allow further expansion of the Group

Cotswold Group, Cheltenham

£3,500

Purchase of a new pony to enable more riders to take part

Friends of Beechley Stables, Liverpool

£3,500

Funding towards a new weight bearing horse to allow new, older riders

Horse Rangers RDA, Hampton Court

£6,500

Supporting a new project to bring in young school children on a specific programme

Kettering & District, Northants

£3,500

Funding towards a new weight bearing horse to increase supply

Lambourn Group, Berkshire

£3,500

Purchase of a new horse to allow expansion

Omagh RDA, Co Tyrone

£10,000

Towards the costs of expanding the indoor arena and providing additional facilities for more riders

Ravelrig, Edinburgh

£10,000

Support for the planning and costs associated with developing a new indoor school to increase capacity at the centre

Samber Group, Surrey

£3,500

Purchase of a new horse to allow expansion

Somerset Levels, Somerset

£9,680

Volunteer recruitment video in partnership with RDA National

TRADISSAR, Hampshire

£1,500

Purchase of equipment

Wakefield Group, S Yorkshire

£5,000

Towards the costs of a new surface, to allow increased use of the indoor school

Wear Valley, Co Durham

£10,000

Towards the costs of a new driving track, to allow expansion of the Group’s activities into carriage driving

Woodchurch Group, Kent

£2,000

Support and training for 2 new Carriage Driving whips to increase provision of driving

Page Last Updated: December 1, 2015

South East Region Indoor Driving Trial

The annual RDA South East Region’s Indoor Driving Trial took place at Sands Farm, Warnham on October 11th. Unfortunately the weather was miserable but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the drivers. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: October 22, 2012

RDA AGM focuses on Achievement and Success

In this Olympic and Paralympic year, it seems only fitting that the theme of this year’s RDA AGM should be Achievement and Success. The meeting will explore the different ways and areas that RDA recognises and celebrates achievement and success.

This year’s speakers include the Chairman of ParalympicsGB, Tim Reddish and Head of Therapy, Denise Robertson.

“I hope as many Groups as possible will be able to send representatives to this year’s AGM,” said RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher. “In particular we are encouraging participants to come along as well as volunteers. The AGM is a great opportunity to find out more about the national organisation, to catch up with friends and meet the National Office team – do come if you can.”

RDA AGM – Friday 16 November 2012, 10:30 to 15:00, Saddlers Hall, London

Dowload the booking form here AGM 2012 booking form and return to Julie Dargie at RDA National Office. Or register your interest by email at jdargie@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: September 30, 2012

Anne Bullen exhibition opens in London 18 Sept to 4 Oct

Anne Bullen was a naturally talented artist, illustrator and horsewoman. Her romantic and unique style using pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, gouache, watercolour and oils demonstrated her artistic versatility. During her relatively short life she illustrated over forty books, choreographed mounted displays across the country and founded The Catherston Stud. Her ability to inspire others has been borne out by three of her six children competing in eight Olympic Games.

This exhibition of over 80 original sketches, paintings and illustrations commemorates 100 years since her birth.

18th September – 4th October 2012

Do visit the website www.osg.uk.com

Download the flyer here: ANNEBULLENemailinvite-2

Page Last Updated: September 18, 2012

Paralympic Gold Medallist helps young riders take first steps to talent pathway

With the expert help of Paralympic Gold Medallist, Natasha Baker, the first training days have been held to help support young riders with a disability to take the first steps on to the England Talent Pathway and also towards competing in British Dressage affiliated competition. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: September 6, 2012

HETI (UK) Autumn Forum 11 October

The HETI (UK) Autumn Forum is taking place on 11 October at Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled in Bristol. This year’s highlights include Clive Milkin, RDA Paralympic Coach and Sally Tottle, Alexander Technique teacher. For full details please download your invitation. HETI(UK) Autumn Forum 2012 Invitation V5

Page Last Updated: September 5, 2012

Photographic competition postponed for 2012

The RDA Photographic competition has been postponed for 2012 while we seek a new sponsor. The competition will be revived in 2013 and we hope to encourage more Groups to take part.

Page Last Updated: September 4, 2012

Can competitive events have therapeutic benefits?

This article, originally published in the National Championships Programme, is now available for you to read below

In the RDA Trustees Annual Report it reads, ‘The focus of our work is to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their personal goal, whether that be learning a very simple skill or winning a major competition.’

[Read more…]

Page Last Updated: August 1, 2012

Wormwood Scrubs’ Sister Mary-Joy part of Olympic Torch Relay

Tuesday 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. [Read more…]

Page Last Updated: July 23, 2012

RDA AGM 16 November Saddlers Hall

This year’s AGM will be held on 16 November at Saddlers Hall in London. Do come along if you can. We would particularly like to increase the number of riders and drivers who attend the AGM.

More information from Julie Dargie at RDA National Office jdargie@rda.org.uk.

Page Last Updated: July 18, 2012

RDA riders selected for ParalympicsGB

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is celebrating the announcement of the Paralympics GB team for para-equestrian dressage. Of the five riders chosen to represent Great Britain, four started their equestrian careers with the support of RDA.

Multiple Gold medalist, Lee Pearson is an RDA Honory Life Vice-President and was supported by RDA early in his equestrian career. Sophie Christiansen started riding with RDA for therapy and today trains at South Buckinghamshire RDA. Debbie Criddle rides at the Conquest RDA Centre in Somerset and Natasha Baker started riding with RDA on the recommendation of her Physiotherapist.

“Congratulations to the whole team,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “This selection will mean so much to RDA riders and volunteers everywhere, who can feel rightly proud of the part they play in helping people like Sophie and Lee get all the way to the top of their sport. RDA’s 500 Groups across the UK provide opportunities for 28,000 people with disabilities to enjoy and benefit from equestrian activities – and to find out just how much they can achieve.”

Page Last Updated: July 10, 2012