Princess Anne meets competitors and accepts £325,000 cheque for RDA

400 competitors at first full 3-day RDA National Championships

Riding for the Disabled President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal spent 3 hours soaking up the atmosphere at the charity’s National Championships, meeting riders and drivers, thanking supporters and taking a tour of the remarkable 3-day event. The biggest event of its kind in the world for disabled riders and carriage drivers, this year’s Championships saw over 400 competitors taking part. Princess Anne thanked the hundreds of volunteers who make the event possible, as well as supporters such as players of People’s Postcode Lottery – from whom she accepted a cheque for £325,000 on the charity’s behalf.

Princess Anne visited the Championships to help celebrate 40 years of RDA Carriage Driving. She spoke to supporters, riders and drivers, watched competitions including Visually Impaired Dressage, Countryside Challenge and Carriage Driving and presented rosettes and awards to competitors and volunteers.

The RDA National Championships, held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, is the charity’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of disabled competitors who have qualified to take part. 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. This year, Team GBR International Para Dressage Rider Erin Orford came along to inspire younger riders, present rosettes and reminisce about her own time competing at the Championships.

Full list of results here

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