Holidays & Days Out

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One of the most exciting aspects of being a member of RDA is the opportunity we all have to involve ourselves in holidays for our disabled riders and drivers.

Holidays are fun – they give pleasure and a sense of achievement to all involved. Everyone, whether an organiser, helper or applicant, has the total support and backing of the Association.

A holiday is a unique experience, beneficial to everyone and especially to the riders and drivers who are given more time to expand their knowledge and ability.

The RDA 2017 Holiday Brochure will be available from Jan 2017 online and via post.

Lyndsey Trickett’s account of her first RDA holiday

 I was lucky enough to attend the Escrick Carriage Driving Holiday last August.  I have been a rider with the Riding for the Disabled for the last 36 years and I have always fancied having a go at carriage driving.  I first took driving lessons a couple of years ago whilst I was on holiday in Scotland.  I only occasionally get the opportunity to drive at my RDA Group (Abingdon Group) due to other commitments. Therefore going on an RDA driving holiday seemed like a really good way for me to develop my skills and have fun doing something abit different.

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This is me with Sweetpea at Escrick Park

The holiday was based at Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick who are lucky enough to have their own equestrian facilities and picturesque grounds. We also had full use of the neighbouring Escrick Park Estate which was also perfect for carriage driving.  All of the volunteers on the holiday were very friendly and most were experienced drivers themselves. We had four specially selected driving ponies and we had the opportunity to drive not only with a different pony but also with a different driving assistant.  This was a good way to get to know the other people on the holiday.

We would drive once or twice a day either driving round the grounds and woodlands or an obstacle course.  On the last day we had a competition round which consisted of an obstacle course which was fantastic fun and brought out my competitive streak which is usually saved for my dressage. The pony whom I enjoyed driving the most was a lovely little bay mare called Sweetpea.  She well and truly lived up to her name and was rather nippy going through cones.

An added bonus of the holiday was daily use of the school’s swimming pool.  This was not only a great way to unwind near the end of the day, but also lead to some more team bonding through playing our own version of water polo.  We had a life guard on hand to assist people in and out of the pool so no one was excluded from this activity.

Our accommodation was within the student’s halls of residence and was very comfortable.  The riders had the choice of having their own room (as I did) or to share with their helpers.  We had the use of a lounge and the school’s canteen where we met for mealtimes and for socialising in the evenings.

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This is me attempting my first go at some obstacle cones in an open field

Some nights we had organised activities.  One evening that stands out was a visit from the local dog dancing display team.  All the dogs were adorable and some were more committed to the dancing than others which was in itself entertaining.    On our last night we had a barbecue. My parents live in West Yorkshire so my Mum came to watch me drive on our last day.  She was invited to stay for the barbecue and enjoyed it so much that she ended up staying over and said that she would like to attend the holiday next year as a helper.

I have been on quite a few RDA holidays now I have made some lasting friendships through them and who wouldn’t want to spend a whole week surrounded by horses.  The Escrick Driving Holiday is definitely one of the best and I would gladly recommend it.

 

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