Exclusive HorseFest Ticket offer for RDA members

HorseFest is a new, three day festival, taking place from July 23 to 25, for all those horse fans with an interest in the equine world, allowing them to come together, learn, celebrate, have fun and create special memories.

And for those who can’t manage to get away for the whole weekend, day tickets are now on sale for the Saturday and Sunday with a packed line-up planned, all for just £65 at the Early Bird day ticket price.

Thanks to the team at HorseFest we have secured a further discount for RDA members and volunteers with 10% off any Adult, Young Person, Child or Family entry ticket. Just use the code HORSEFESTRDA10 at the checkout on the website.

Held at the stunning Weston Park in Shropshire, the event includes a variety of interactive and inclusive performances and demonstrations from top riders and experts across all areas of the equestrian world, all designed to help the HorseFest festivalgoers to learn and develop their own knowledge in an inspirational and caring environment.

Entry to HorseFest whether with a day or weekend ticket, includes workshops, talks, large and small arena demonstrations, as well as music and entertainment into the late evening. Ten headline experts and professionals are already announced and there’s more to come!

If you want to see and watch everything on offer a weekend ticket is a must to ensure you don’t miss out on one of HorseFest’s fantastic headliners.

Across the weekend HorseFest will showcase an amazing 36 Main Arena demonstrations, 124 workshops, talks and interviews to participate in; a wellbeing zone, children’s area for family fun, equestrian and lifestyle trade stands, delicious catering, three nights of music, bands and DJs; and there’s six ways to stay, from tents to live in vehicles, glamping or cottages and rooms in Weston Park if you want to enjoy the full magical experience.

Saturday so far includes:

  • Eventing mother and daughter duo, Mary and Emily King
  • Grand Prix dressage rider Sam Turner and her traditional gypsy cob, Billy Whiz
  • Performance psychologist Charlie Unwin
  • UK based Australian Horseman, Jason Webb
  • All action stuntman himself, Ben Atkinson
  • Dressage legend and renowned story teller, Steph Croxford
  • Event rider and presenter Jonty Evans with Cooley Rorkes Drift
  • Jamaican event rider and mentor, Lydia Heywood
  • Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out

Sunday so far includes:

  • Leading showjumper and trainer, Jay Halim
  • Top event rider Lissa Green
  • UK based Australian Horseman, Jason Webb
  • Event rider and presenter Jonty Evans with Cooley Rorkes Drift
  • Gillian Higgins of Horses Inside Out
  • Dressage legend and renowned story teller, Steph Croxford
  • All action stuntman himself, Ben Atkinson
  • Jamaican event rider and mentor, Lydia Heywood

With leading names already signed up, topics covered will include training on and off the ground, saddlery fitting, biomechanics, physiology of horse and rider and many more – there will be something for everyone to get involved with and enjoy whilst learning.

As well as the educational element, socialising is a key ingredient in the HorseFest mix, and the horse world does love a party!

At night, unwind, relax or dance the night away with the live music and entertainment or get involved with fun quizzes as you treat yourself to a drink or two!

Throughout the event there will be a variety of tasty and innovative food stalls and bars as well as a shopping village that will include horsey and lifestyle stands to browse and enjoy.

Not forgetting the little ones, the festival will have fairground activities, a play area, arts and crafts and hugely popular hobby horse races to keep children entertained.

Early Bird Adult Ticket Prices are available until they are sold out or February 28, 2021. Come along for the whole weekend and stay 3 nights for £165 per adult or day tickets are £65 per adult You can bring the family (2 adults and 2 young persons and/or children) for the weekend for  £350 or a family day ticket is £150.

For further information and to book your tickets visit www.horsefest.org

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For further information please contact Issy Cooke at TSM on (01724) 784600.

Page Last Updated: January 13, 2021

Weekly News 19 November

We are sorry to share the sad news that Pat Burgess, Founder of Wilton RDA in Wiltshire, has sadly passed away. Pat was a much-loved figure throughout RDA, especially of course at her group and in the region. Described as a ‘powerhouse’ of a person, Pat said she ran Wilton on ‘love, joy and enthusiasm’. We could all do with a bit more of that at the moment, and Pat will be sadly missed.
You can read more about Pat here www.rdawilton.co.uk/calendar-news-events/pat-burgess

Financial support for groups in England
Today’s DMCS announcement of a ‘Winter Survival Package’ will unfortunately not benefit RDA groups. However:
Sport England ‘Return to Play’ funds
There are three funds still open for application from Sport England, part of a wider package of over £220m of support which they have provided since late March (which several groups have already benefited from). Find out more here: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds
Support for closed businesses
RDA groups in England that pay business rates may be eligible for a grant following the latest lockdown. Check your eligibility here: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-your-business-is-eligible-for-a-coronavirus-grant-due-to-national-restrictions-for-closed-businesses

Groups in Scotland entering Level 4
We updated Regional Chairs in Scotland yesterday following the Scottish First Minister’s announcement that will bring a number of areas into Level 4 from this Friday, 20 November at 6pm. If you are affected by the changes or just want to keep up to date visit www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/getting-started-after-lockdown/rules-for-scotland and read: COVID-19: What it means to groups in Scotland for all the details.

Vacancy: Regional Chair West & Central Scotland
Kate Bennet will be stepping down as Regional Chair for West & Central Scotland after nine successful years in post, and we are now looking for her replacement. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring your knowledge, experience and professionalism to a key role in RDA UK, so please get in touch to find out more. We also have vacancies for Regional Chairs in Greater London and South West. Contact Faye McKenning in the office (fmckenning@rda.org.uk) if you would like to find out more about these roles – or any other RDA UK volunteer positions currently vacant.

Clare Balding signed bookplates
A reminder that the Clare Balding signed bookplate scheme is open until tomorrow. If you want to take part, here’s how it works:

  • Buy your copies of Heroic Animals as cheaply as you can
  • One coordinator per group, head to www.myrda.org.uk/clare-balding-book and fill out the details.
  • We’ll send the information to Clare who will sign the bookplates and return them.
  • You stick them into the books and use them for fundraising
  • The scheme closes on 20 November.

This project is being coordinated by Angela Sly at National Office, so any questions please email her at asly@rda.org.uk .

Page Last Updated: November 19, 2020

New look Operations Team at National Office – changes explained

There have been a few changes to the Operations staff team at National Office. We have moved away from having a member of staff responsible for each activity area (e.g. dressage, showjumping, carriage driving etc.) and instead now have teams covering specific areas of our work, eg:

  • Training & Education (which deals with any qualifications, coaching pathway, training around delivering sessions, participant education, Proficiency Tests etc)
  • Group Support (safeguarding, governance)

Your first point of contact if you are not sure who to speak to is the Group Support Team who can be contacted at groupsupport@rda.org.uk and 01926 492915 and then pressing option 2 followed by option 1.

Please find here a brief presentation that explains this new structure, which was presented at the October 2020 Operational Planning Committee Meeting and the November 2020 Regional Chairs Meeting, which you might find interesting.

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Also you can view the whole staff team and their contact details here: www.myrda.org.uk/about-rda/meet-the-team/ 

Page Last Updated: November 18, 2020

Weekly News 12 November

Clare Balding signed bookplates

The Clare Balding signed bookplate scheme is now open! If you want to take part, here’s how it will work:

  • Buy your copies of Heroic Animals as cheaply as you can (currently on Amazon for just £10)
  • One coordinator per group, head to myrda.org.uk/clare-balding-book and fill out the details.
  • We’ll send the information to Clare who will sign the bookplates and return them.
  • You stick them into the books and use them for fundraising
  • The scheme is open for 2 weeks and closes on 20 November.

This project is being coordinated by Angela Sly at National Office, so any questions please email her at asly@rda.org.uk .

Award winners

Congratulations to President’s Award winners Sue Robson (Richmond & Catterick); Jane McMurray (Lisburn RDA); Brigid Hamill (Windsor & Ascot); Lynne Munro (Perry RDA); Isobel Buchanan (Winton); Anne Mitchell (Barrow Farm); Lesley Furnell and Zara Campbell Harris (Wyfold – who received her award earlier this year).

The RDA ‘Brilliant’ awards went to Trish Clarke (Gareloch); Teagan Murphy (South Bucks); Natalie O’Rourke (Park Lane Stables) and Equipower Group. These awards were kindly supported by Childs Farm, players of Peoples Postcode Lottery, Oliver Wight and Andrews Bowen.

The Birt Spooner Cup, awarded to someone who has gone over and above to promote the cause of RDA, was awarded to Sue Adams-Wheeler, Lead Coach for 10 years and International Liaison Officer. Congratulations Sue. Sue gave a very interesting talk at the AGM. You can watch a recording of this on our YouTube channel, along with the acceptance videos of the Brilliant Award winners, at www.youtube.com/rdanational

More details about the AGM and award winners here in the latest news stories at: www.myrda.org.uk/category/news/

Creative Writing competition

Back by popular demand, the Creative Writing Competition is open! The form and poster are on MyRDA for you to use, and we will also be sharing on social media so that participants can enter directly if they wish. The competition closes on 26 Feb 2021 so there’s plenty of time for riders and drivers to join in.

You can download the information and entry form here (this link may immediately download the document, so don’t be surprised if that happens!): www.myrda.org.uk/assets/Creative-Writing-Competition-Entry-Form-2021.docx

And the poster here: www.myrda.org.uk/assets/Creative-Writing-Competition-Poster-2021-1.pdf

Thanks to Godolphin for sponsoring this competition.

RDA activities at home

We are really keen to produce more worksheets and resources for participants to do at home and in school. I know many of you are crying out for help here – particularly those of you who have been creating your own materials since March.

As a first step, if you are happy sharing your activities and resources with us, this would give us a real head start. We will then (shamelessly) use your ideas and produce a range of regularly updated resources for all groups and participants to access.

If you can share anything with us, that would be great. Some of you were kind enough to send me your ideas and worksheets over the summer and they were so helpful – and your ideas and creativity are outstanding.

Please send to Alex Walker at awalker@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: November 13, 2020

Recognition for Coach who brought therapeutic riding to Russia

‘Birt Spooner’ Cup awarded to Lead Coach and International Liaison

RDA has presented coach and RDA Fellow Sue Adams-Wheeler with the prestigious Birt Spooner Cup. The cup is awarded to an individual who has supported and promoted the cause of RDA in an outstanding way.

Sue accepted the award during RDA’s virtual AGM, chaired by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. In her acceptance speech she recalled the challenges of bringing RDA to Russia – at a time when the authorities refused to acknowledge that disability existed – and other pioneering trips around the world.

Sue started with RDA journey in 1976 as part of Leominster group in Herefordshire. Her passion for coaching and the development of standards across RDA soon earned her a place on what was then known as the Training Committee, from where Sue’s role as an ambassador for RDA coaching both at home and abroad really took off.

She travelled to Russia just at the end of Perestroika. “Russia had a policy that disabled people did not exist, so they didn’t provide any support or activities,” Sue explains. “I had no idea what I was in for and had so many adventures. I spent three years going backwards and forwards to Russia, and travelled all over.”

Since then Sue has presented at conferences all over the world, and brought RDA coaching and training to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kelantan, Penang, Borneo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

In China, Sue and fellow RDA coach and physiotherapist Lynne Munro worked with American charity, Hope, to help disabled orphans – a legacy of China’s One Child policy. More recently, RDA has taken her to Korea, where she trained horses for a programme supporting military and fire service personnel with PTSD.

“They are all adventures in themselves,” says Sue. “Sometimes fun, sometimes really very frightening, but always I’ve enjoyed it. I’m so honoured to get this award.”

Watch Sue’s talk and acceptance speech at www.youtube.com/rdanational 

Page Last Updated: November 11, 2020

RDA presents one-off awards to recognise COVID challenges

(RDA) has recognised the particular challenge faced by its groups during 2020 with series of one-off awards presented at the charity’s virtual AGM. The four ‘Brilliant’ awards acknowledge the dedication of the RDA community throughout lockdown and the gradual restarting of activities.

Brilliant Person Award, sponsored by Childs Farm

Trish Clarke of Gareloch RDA won this award for her creative, problem-solving attitude and everything she has done to keep her group engaged and together during lockdown. Her nominator said: “Trish always sees a problem as an exciting challenge and her enthusiasm and caring personality have enhanced and improved our whole group. Thank you Trish, you’re an inspiration.”

In her acceptance speech, filmed and shown at RDA’s virtual AGM, Trish said “I am honoured and delighted. The RDA is a great organisation, and one that I am proud to be associated with. One of the core strengths of RDA is its ability to foster teamwork and I am lucky to work with a fantastic group of people. This award is a tribute to their hard work and support.”

Brilliant Young Person, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

RDA rider Teagan Murphy was the deserving recipient of this award. Teagan wanted to ensure that the ponies at her group had enough to eat during lockdown. In order to raise money, she cycled 55km in stages around her local area with the support of her family. Her original aim of £200 was well and truly beaten with her final total of £1,380.

Brilliant RDA Group, sponsored by Oliver Wight

Equipower RDA won this award for their extraordinary efforts to keep their riders and volunteers engaged during lockdown. They ran fitness classes, mental health support services, educational activities, fundraisers and more.

Ettrickbridge & Dryden group were highly commended in this category for their weekly ‘horsey homeworks’ for schools, regular news-drops and zoom social events.

RDA UK Award, sponsored by Andrews Bowen

Natalie O’Rourke of Park Lane Stables won this award. With stables closing due to the pandemic Natalie was concerned that RDA participants at her group would not be getting their equine therapy. Undaunted, she took a pony to local adults and children in lockdown to brighten up their day. She also visited the children of key workers at schools, elderly people in care homes and a child in Great Ormond Street. Natalie is now running Stable Management and Wellbeing in Wellies sessions, which are proving to be very popular.

Anne Allen was highly commended in this category. She opened up her own stables in order to provide a venue for her group, teaching horse care, feeding, grooming and taking part in a specially devised obstacle course.

Watch the citations and acceptances on the RDA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/rdanational

Page Last Updated: November 11, 2020

HRH The Princess Royal Chairs Zoom AGM

RDA held its 51st AGM, chaired by our President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. In a first for RDA, the meeting took place on Zoom and was livestreamed on YouTube. Hundreds of members tuned in from around the UK to watch the event, which also included an awards presentation for volunteers and riders.

In her President’s Address, The Princess acknowledged the challenges that RDA and its 500 member groups have faced since the start of lockdown in March. She recognised the dedication shown by the charity’s volunteers and coaches to ensure that RDA’s commitment to disabled people has not suffered.

The Princess, who previously ‘met’ with volunteers and riders on Zoom during the first lockdown, spoke about the individuals throughout the organisation who have shown great leadership in helping RDA to adapt and innovate throughout this period.

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher also acknowledged this point, saying he has ‘never been more proud to be part of RDA’ than during this year.

“My main message is one of thanks to everyone in the RDA community – collectively, you have done so much to support each other during this crisis,” he said.  “When I look back over 2020 I will, of course, remember a time when we all felt the stress, uncertainty and frustration of what was happening. But I will also remember a time when our community really pulled together and supported each other.”

Private meeting with President’s Award winners

After chairing the AGM, The Princess moved to a private break out room to meet winners of The President’s Award – RDA’s most prestigious award for over 30 years ‘above and beyond’ voluntary service.

Award winner Lynne Munro said: “At first the idea of a virtual awards ceremony was strange but actually turned out to be a great experience. A couple of practice sessions helped too! We each had lots of individual time chatting with Princess Anne in a relaxed, friendly and personal way with lots of anecdotes and laughter too. The only downside was no photograph with The Princess but that is a small price to pay for what was, for me, the most exciting thing to happen in my kitchen during lockdown!”

Ed Bracher said: “Thank you to all of these volunteers for their amazing service to and support for RDA over the years – we are blessed to attract volunteers to this organisation who not only stay with us, but also do incredible things to take us forward.”

President’s Award winners

Susan Robson            
Susan Robson joined Richmond and Catterick Group in 1983 chairing the group between 1983 and 2000 leading them through some tough times. Throughout her 50 years involvement with RDA Sue has held positions at group, county and regional level.  Her greatest achievement has been in the practical help she has given to disabled people throughout the region with whom she has a natural empathy having had her own challenges with dyslexia. These she has overcome through willpower and a dogged determination not to let that limit in any way what she can do. 

Jane McMurray
Jane McMurray is one of the founders of RDA in Northern Ireland and started Lisburn RDA in 1975 . The Group continues to provide riding for pupils from Parkview to this day. 

Jane’s lifelong association with horses and wide experience have been invaluable both at group and regional level where her contribution should not be underestimated. She has never held an official regional post but for many years no Dressage Competition, Holiday, or Day Out took place without Jane’s help, quietly working away in the background assisting wherever she was needed, always ready with a kind word and encouragement

Brigid Hamill
Brigid Hamill was one of the founder members of Windsor and Ascot Driving Group in 1975 and is still supporting the group today.  The group started with donkeys and jubilee carriages and now has three lovely ponies – over 40 volunteers and currently 13 drivers. She has recently given up coaching, but she can still be seen busy helping, head holding and assisting participants at the sessions.  She is a great “mother” figure in the group, always there with a listening ear, supporting the team, and has given so many people over the years the opportunity to enjoy driving.  

 

Lynne Munro
Lynne Munroe first met the RDA in 1974 as a placement activity during her physiotherapy training in the East End of London working with disabled children riding horses. Over the years, Lynne has touched every part of RDA at Group, County and National levels. She is a “doer” who will put her hand to any aspect of the daily delivery of tuition, support and encouragement to both participant and volunteer alike. She has helped to develop vaulting as a core RDA activity. Perry RDA group in Shropshire, where she is a regular coach, has benefitted from her careful guidance.

Isobel Buchanan
Isobel joined the Winton Group as a volunteer in 1977 four years after it was founded. She did a variety of roles and became Chairman in 1990 and remained in that role for nine years.

The group was very active during this period, raising substantial funds, owning a minibus, and taking disabled children on holiday each year.  Isobel was called upon to take the Chairman’s role again in 2008-2014 and was County Chairman from 2011-2015

One of her proudest memories is when a Winton Group rider won a silver medal at the Special Olympics in Shanghai, China in 2007.  

Anne Mitchell
Anne has run and worked at Barrow Farm since its start in 1976 – she has taught and supported hundreds of disabled people to appreciate riding and driving. Through her enthusiasm, determination and dedication Barrow Farm has progressed from 12 to over 140 riders and drivers each week. She has been involved in all aspects of running the organisation and has trained and developed many RDA coaches.  Anne has also contributed to RDA at County and Regional level.  She has taken part in and run many training courses for coaches and volunteers.

Lesley Furnell
For over 30 years Lesley Furnell has dedicated herself to RDA through her expertise as a physiotherapist. Lesley moved from her previous group to Shiresmill Riding Therapy Centre in 2000.  Qualifying as a Group Coach in 2004, she has worked tirelessly displaying endless patience and care with all participants.  For nearly 10 years she has held Group governance roles and been a key player in increasing activities, improving training for volunteers and developing funding streams.

As Regional Physio from 2004 to 2016, Lesley travelled extensively capturing the latest thinking and developments, readily passing on that knowledge and understanding to the Region and RDA nationally.  She was a member of the International Coordination Group representing RDA and presenting papers at HETI conferences worldwide.  Throughout, she has encouraged many young therapists to get involved with RDA.

Lesley has channelled her energy into qualifying as a Coach Developer, part of a successful Regional Coaching Team.

Page Last Updated: November 12, 2020

Weekly email to groups 5 November

Watch the RDA AGM & Awards live on You Tube

The RDA AGM & Awards will be broadcast live on YouTube tomorrow from about 10:30 to midday on Friday 6 November. Simply head to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/rdanational . Please encourage your volunteers and wider RDA community to tune in by sharing this link.

RDA Tartan scarf

As the cold weather begins to take hold, you might be interested in purchasing an RDA tartan scarf. These beautiful (and warm!) Lochcarron of Scotland scarves were produced during our 50th anniversary and can be bought through the good people at Norvite Farm & Country with all proceeds to RDA. www.norvitefarmandcountry.com/11406/products/rda-50th-anniversary-tartan-lambswool-scarf.aspx . 

Resource for managing horse care

Tess Fordham, Regional Vet for Scotland has produced a useful template form for groups with horses to ensure consistent care and decision-making in an emergency. This might be useful if you have different people coming in on different days to look after them. You can find it here (third form in the list on the right hand side of the page): www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/horses-and-rda/

Carriage Driving Facebook Page

With Carriage Driving groups still unable to return to activity, don’t forget there is a Facebook group for helping to keep you in touch with your RDA carriage driving community. In Facebook search for ‘RDA Carriage Driving’ and request to join. 

Page Last Updated: November 5, 2020

5 November Update to groups in England

As promised, please find here our latest advice regarding the lockdown in England from 5 November to 2 December.

Group closure

In order to comply with the country-wide lockdown, RDA groups in England should close until 2 December. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is a priority and as an organisation we will act accordingly.

Two possible exemptions

There are two situations where, in specific, individual cases, RDA activities may be requested to continue by a school or healthcare provider for specific educational and/or therapeutic purposes.

These situations are:

  • Where a school wants to continue RDA sessions for their students as it forms part of their normal provision for education and training
  • Where an individual or members of a small group have been referred or prescribed RDA activity by NHS, social care providers or similar and the trustees have written approval from this NHS healthcare (e.g. GP, CAMHS etc.) or social care provider for this activity to continue as part of ongoing medical assistance or therapy.

These situations will be covered by RDA insurance where trustees have received a written request from the education or healthcare provider. It is up to the trustees to decide if they want to meet these requests. Staff and volunteers required for these sessions can travel in this instance as this is classed as essential.  If these exemptions apply to any of your activities and you plan to remain open, please email groupsupport@rda.org.uk so we are aware of which groups this relates to. 

Horse care

Riding centres and stables can remain open for the care and exercise of horses during this period to protect animal welfare.  Staff and volunteers can travel in this case as this is classed as essential.

Exercise should be done following our existing insurance and exercising of equines policy, which permits volunteers to exercise equines for the benefit of the equine both at an RDA venue and away from an RDA approved venue (e.g. hacking from the venue where this is possible and safe).  Most groups will have this in place anyway.  This needs to be agreed, signed and retained by the trustees.  All of these activities would be covered by RDA insurance as long as this policy is followed. 

Protecting your RDA community

The health of everyone within our RDA community is paramount. It hopefully goes without saying that volunteers and staff should be under no pressure to attend RDA for any purpose if they don’t want to.

The government has released new advice that those over 60 and those who are clinically vulnerable are at higher risk from COVID-19.  Those at risk should:

  • be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contact with others
  • continue to wash hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas at home and/or workspace.

We are therefore advising that where possible these individuals should avoid any RDA activities that involves mixing with other households. 

The government has also advised those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield. These individuals will receive a letter confirming this.  Further guidance is available on www.gov.uk .

This includes: ‘You are strongly advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you should not attend work for this period of restrictions.’  Therefore, any staff or volunteers should not undertake any RDA work or volunteering away from their home during this period. 

I hope that this brings some clarity, but if you are in any doubt about your next steps please do get in touch.

Page Last Updated: November 5, 2020

Weekly email 29 October

Watch the RDA AGM & Awards live on You Tube

The RDA AGM & Awards will be broadcast live on YouTube from 10:30 to midday on Friday 6 November. Simply head to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/rdanational . Please encourage your volunteers and wider RDA community to tune in by sharing this link.

If you have any questions about the AGM please contact Amanda Perkins aperkins@rda.org.uk 

Report into activity levels

The report following the survey into current activity levels is now complete and can be read or downloaded at www.myrda.org.uk/assets/RDA-Activity-Levels-Report.pdf. By the end of this week I will be issuing a press release about the report and it will be on the main RDA website in our news section. The report makes several recommendations about how RDA UK (which includes National Office staff and National, Regional & County volunteers) might respond to the findings, and we will be following up with our plans to do this in the coming weeks.

Vacancy: Great London Regional Chair

Mike Locke has done a fantastic job as Regional Chair for Greater London, and he is now stepping down. We are looking within our RDA community for his replacement, so please do get in touch with Faye McKenning in the office (fmckenning@rda.org.uk) if you would like to find out more about the role – or any other RDA UK volunteer positions currently vacant.

Clare Balding’s new book – an opportunity for fundraising

Clare Balding’s new book, Heroic Animals, is now out, and she is keen to support RDA groups through the book if possible.

I have a plan, but at the moment I’m only looking for an initial show of interest so I can see if it’s going to work and how best to coordinate it.

The idea is that your group buys the books that you want through normal channels (currently on Amazon for £13.60 and in Sainsbury’s for £10 – rrp £20), then you get in touch with a coordinator at National Office (possibly me but this hasn’t been decided yet) to request however many bookplates you need, which we will get signed by Clare. You then add these bookplates to the books, which can then be used for fundraising, raffles etc (depending on how popular this is, we should be able to arrange personal dedications).

It would be best if there was just one person from participating groups coordinating things at your end.

Let me know if you think you might be interested. And if you have an idea of how many books you think you might want signed that will help too. If it looks like a goer I’ll set this up asap.

Page Last Updated: November 5, 2020

Weekly email 22 October

RDA rider of 33 years and former trustee of Glasgow RDA Elaine Boyd has been voted on to this year’s Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 – a list of the top 100 influencers with disabilities in the UK. Elaine’s motto is: ‘Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.’ Many congratulations from all of us at RDA.

Find out more about aviator, accountant, charity trustee and adaptive sports enthusiast Elaine here: disabilitypower100.com/project/elaine-boyd-fcca/ 

COVID announcements

Our thoughts are very much with groups in those areas affected by new and tightened restrictions. I just wanted to reassure everyone else that if I don’t mention specific local or regional COVID updates in these emails, it’s because we are communicating directly with the regional teams in those areas.

CAF Resilience Fund for groups in England (with apologies to everyone else)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has opened a £20m fund to distribute its share of the government’s coronavirus support package. Small and medium-sized charities in England have until 10 November to apply to the CAF Resilience Fund, which will make grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.

Full criteria and details here: www.cafonline.org//charities/grantmaking/caf-resilience-fund 

Competition opportunities

The SEIB Search for the Start RDA class is open until 27 October. Details here: www.seib.co.uk/competitions/search-4-a-star-rda/

Horse Monkey and Lee Pearson are running an online Walk/Trot dressage test, to be judged by Lee during Your Horse Live. It is open to disabled and non-disabled riders so it’s not RDA specific, but you might know of someone who would like the chance to enter. Click this link here.  

Survey into activity levels
I promised you the report this week into activity levels. Please accept my apologies that it didn’t make it over the finish line in time to have here as a link. It will be on MyRDA as soon as possible and I’ll put the link in next week’s email.

Safeguarding training

A reminder that we are now able to offer a couple of options for renewals of safeguarding training. Although it is not practical to offer in person Face to Face Workshops, we do now have the option of using Zoom. And if you attended a face to face course last time you can refresh using the e-learning. More info here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/safeguarding-2/

Page Last Updated: November 5, 2020

New report into post-lockdown activity levels

Following the survey to groups about activity levels and the factors affecting the continued closure of groups post-lockdown, the following report has been produced. Please feel free to download it for your own interest. This will be publicly launched on Friday 6 November.

With thanks to all the groups who took part in this research.

RDA Activity Levels Report

Page Last Updated: October 28, 2020

Weekly News 15 October

COVID announcements

The First Minister’s announcements on Wednesday 7 October in Scotland does not change our existing guidance to groups.

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday 12 October we are reassured that RDA activities in England can continue in the same way in all 3 tiers, medium, high and very high.  All tiers permit organised outdoor sporting and physical activity, which covers RDA activities, this includes activities in so-called ‘indoor’ arenas. Even though travel should be kept to a minimum we are also reassured that travel for charitable purposes and to access our services is permitted in medium and high risk alert levels and travel inside very high risk alert level areas.  Travel into or out of very high risk alert level areas is advised against unless it is necessary.

More detailed updates to Covid guidance is available here

Disability dispensation in England and Wales

We have had confirmation in England and Wales that coaches can now support disabled participants where it may mean they need to be closer than social distancing would normally allow (1m in England and 2m in Wales).  This is only permitted if this is for a short duration (few minutes), if the activity has been risk assessed and the coach is wearing a face covering. A face covering is mandatory for this situation.  This means that coaches can now support riders to mount and dismount, check girth, stirrups etc. where they would not have been able to do so before. This has been available to Scottish coaches since the middle of September. Further information can be found here.

Face coverings

We have recently revised our policy on face coverings. Those leading and sidewalking are now allowed to wear face coverings during sessions if they so wish. This is not a substitute for social distancing for activities where people will be in closer contact for more than a few minutes. This means sidewalkers still need to be from the rider’s household/ support bubble.  We would not recommend riders to wear a face covering during ridden sessions as this could impede communication between rider and coach/ volunteers but they can choose to do so if they feel more comfortable, as long as this does not interfere with their safety on the horse (i.e. no loose elements). Further information about face coverings can be found here.

Insurance refund

Your group will be receiving a letter in the next week or so with information about the insurance refund we have been able to negotiate through our brokers as a result of lockdown. The letter will specify the refund due to your group (15%) and how you can claim it.

Survey into activity levels

I have started analysing the results of the recent survey into activity levels at groups. This will be written up as a report, and I will share the findings with you next week. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

Safeguarding training

We are now able to offer a couple of options for renewals of safeguarding training. Although it is not practical to offer in person Face to Face Workshops, we do now have the option of using Zoom. And if you attended a face to face course last time you can refresh using the e-learning. More info here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/safeguarding-2/

Countryside Challenge Competition

Many thanks to Sue Mack for running the Countryside Challenge competition. The winners have now been informed, and the new ‘obstacles’ will be incorporated into the course (along with a special appearance from ‘Stevie The Scarecrow’ from Stevenage & District). Congratulations to Clytha, Haworth, Newtownards and Wellow for their winning group entries, and Laura Smith and Daniel Davies who entered individually.

RDA Tracker

The rdatracker website is not working, so please don’t try and use it for the time being.

Staff contacts

The most up to date names, specific roles, numbers, emails and working times will always be found here: www.myrda.org.uk/about-rda/meet-the-team/ (Go to MyRDA, then Contact Us, then Meet the Team).

Page Last Updated: October 15, 2020

Weekly news 6 October

Phones

The new phone system at National Office is up and running. It’s the same as the old one (mainline 01926 492915) but there are now options when you call in to help direct your call. 

Dressage Anywhere

RDA classes for Dressage Anywhere have reopened. The schedule for October is now live and there is a range of led, independent, VI and graded tests available. www.dressageanywhere.com/Competitor/EnterCompetition/601

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Duke of Edinburgh Awards are researching the amount of DofE volunteering that has been happening since lockdown. If you have DofE candidates signed up with your group, please complete the survey if you can – even if there hasn’t been any activity. Thank you. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDADofE2020

Page Last Updated: October 15, 2020

Weekly News 1 October

Starting with some sad news. This last month saw the passing of two RDA ‘greats’, Sister Chiara Hatton-Hall and Miss Liz Dendy.

Sister Chiara was one of our founders, attending the very first meeting of the ‘Advisory Council for Riding for the Disabled’ that the BHS set up in April 1964.  She was the first Chair of the Training Committee and created much of what we now recognise as the basis of our excellent Coaching support.  She helped to set up FRDI (which became HETI and brings together RDA-type organisations around the world) and was respected across the globe. 

Liz Dendy was Chair of RDA in the 1990s, skilfully steering us through the transition towards Federation, which many of you will remember. She was instrumental in setting up the International Paralympic Committee, and was a champion for disability sport worldwide.

We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and our thoughts are with their families.

Phone system down on Friday pm

There will be a new phone system at National Office from Monday 5 October (No change to phone numbers). This will be set up from 2pm this Friday.  If you need to contact the office between 2 and 4 pm on Friday, please use the group support email (groupsupport@rda.org.uk) or call 07599 236 036.

AGM and Voting papers

Next week your group will receive voting papers for the virtual AGM on 6 November. Please complete and return your responses as soon as possible.

Government Kickstart Scheme

You may have heard that the government has created a new scheme to encourage and support employers to create work placements for young people in England, Scotland and Wales.  The Kickstart Scheme pays the costs for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment to be employed part time for 6 months.  The placements should support young people to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

There is a minimum number of 30 people who must be enrolled on the scheme, although you can do so as part of a consortium, so RDA UK is looking to see if there is enough interest from groups for us to take this further. You can find out more about the scheme and how to register your interest here: www.myrda.org.uk/government-kickstart-scheme/

New Coaching Lead

Karen Thompson has taken on the role of Coaching Lead for RDA UK. Karen replaces Sue Adams-Wheeler, who has stepped down after 9 years in post. Sue led on many changes in coaching including the new Coaching Pathway and we are hugely grateful for her leadership and experience throughout her time in the role. Karen runs Kesteven Rideability in the North Midlands, and is County Coach and Regional Dressage Rep for North Midlands. 

Virtual Windsor

Congratulations to all the RDA riders who took part in the first ever RDA Dressage Challenge at Virtual Windsor Horse Show, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The overall winner, Elise Coubrough, and the highest placed in each grade will share in the £1,000 worth of vouchers kindly donated by Wychanger Saddlery. You can find all the results from the weekend here: virtual.rwhs.co.uk/results/

Survey about activity levels and closure

I’ll be closing this survey at the end of this week, so please take part if you haven’t already. It takes about 5 minutes and will give us valuable information to help us support you better in the coming months. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAActivityLevels

Brilliant Person Awards

Our Brilliant Person Award closes this weekend, so there’s just time for your entries. Visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9L6QD99

BBC Sports Personality of the Year – Unsung Hero Awards

Nominations are open for BBC SPOTY, which this year also features the ‘Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero’ award. More information and entry details here: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/27037119

Page Last Updated: October 2, 2020

Government Kickstart scheme

You may have heard that the government has created a new scheme to encourage and support employers to create work placements for young people in England, Scotland and Wales.  The Kickstart Scheme pays the costs for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment to be employed part time for 6 months.  The idea is for the placements to support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

There is a minimum number of 30 people who must be enrolled on the scheme, although you can do so as part of a consortium, so RDA UK is looking at the possibility of doing this to support your Group, if this might work for you.  

What funding is available

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.  RDAUK may charge you a proportion of this element in order to help fund a co-ordinated approach to the training program required by the scheme.

How to get the funding

Funding is available following a successful application process.

Who can apply for funding

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience (RDAUK may be able to provide a co-ordinated approach to this training) including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

To find out more about the scheme visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

At the moment we are just looking for groups to register their interest, to find out if we could meet the criteria for 30 people through our ‘consortium’. If you think your group might be interested, please email Peter Dean at RDA National Office at pdean@rda.org.uk 

Page Last Updated: September 29, 2020

Weekly News – 24 September

This is the first of what will become a regular weekly email to all RDA Group Chairs and Contacts.
The emails will usually come from me, and I hope you will feel happy contacting me directly if I can be of help. That said, outside of communications, publicity and PR, you will quickly reach the limit of my knowledge, so please continue to use your usual contacts for other things.

Update your details
This is a great opportunity to help us update our records. If you are no longer Group Chair or the designated Group Contact, please email info@rda.org.uk and let us know – ideally with the name of your replacement.
I know lockdown prevented the publication of this year’s handbook. As an interim measure, I am going to get the current contact information for each region into an electronic format and circulate that as soon as it’s ready.

Government announcement Tuesday
The devolved government announcements on Tuesday brought no specific changes to our current guidelines. Remember that www.myrda.org.uk is being kept up to date with the latest information. If something changes that affects the whole organisation or needs immediate action we will of course email you as soon as possible.

Chief Executive webinars
Throughout lockdown, RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher has recorded a series of webinars about how we have been tackling the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on RDA. You can watch the latest one – and catch up with previous webinars – on our You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/RDAnational. A transcript of the latest talk is also available, so please let me know if you’d like a copy.

Virtual Windsor
Tomorrow at 2:30pm is the RDA Dressage Challenge Class at Virtual Windsor Horse Show, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and prizes from Wychanger Saddlery. Congratulations to all who entered, and especially to those who made it into the top ten! Tune in to watch it ‘live’ – with commentary from our very own Dressage Lead John Robinson – at https://virtual.rwhs.co.uk/

Survey about activity levels and closure
Please don’t forget to complete our survey into activity levels and continued group closure if you haven’t done so already. It takes about 5 minutes and will give us valuable information to help us support you better in the coming months. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAActivityLevels

RDA UK volunteer vacancies
We have several vacancies for Regional and County volunteer roles. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about being an RDA UK volunteer, please contact Faye McKenning at National Office on fmckenning@rda.org.uk .

Brilliant Person Awards
There’s still time to nominate someone for our Brilliant Person Award. Visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9L6QD99

Have a good week and stay safe.

Best wishes,
Caroline
Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: September 29, 2020

Group Development Manager – Maternity Cover

RDA National Office, Shrewley, Warwick

RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure RDA Groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

About the role:

We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA Groups in developing the excellent service they provide to our participants. This role is an opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their ability to engage with key stakeholders and has strong project management and organisational skills.

The main responsibilities of the role include leading in four key areas:

  • Delivering against the RDA UK Growth Plan
  • Managing the recruitment of new RDA Groups
  • Supporting existing RDA Groups in setting up their governing documents to best fit their future needs
  • Overseeing and administering the delivery of a Sport England funded programme, Accessibility Mark.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.  We also value adaptability; someone who will enjoy working on new projects and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

This is a temporary role, providing maternity cover, working 34 hours per week (09:00-17:00 Monday to Thursday, 09:00-16:00 Friday, with one hour for lunch), although flexibility will be needed leading up to events with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £25,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Please ring 07493 394237 or email cmilican@rda.org.uk for a full job description, or send your CV to cmilican@rda.org.uk .

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th June.  

We are looking for the successful person to start, for a handover period, by mid-August if possible.

Job Description Group Development Manager (Mat Cover) 2020

Page Last Updated: June 22, 2020

RDA UK Coronavirus update as at 17 March 2020

Following the government’s announcement yesterday, asking people to work from home and implement social distancing measures, we now assume that most if not all RDA group activity will have to cease.

Open groups

While it is the decision of your board of trustees whether to close or remain open, RDA’s strong advice is for groups to close and suspend activity.

If you do not, you must be certain that you can meet the guidance around social distancing and that your group can put measures in place to keep everyone safe.

What is social distancing?

  • Social distancing means trying to avoid contact with other people.
  • It means spending less time in public places, where a lot of people are around.

You can read the government guidelines on this here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Regional Qualifiers & National Championships

In consultation with Regional Chairs and the Championships Lead, we have decided to cancel all Regional Qualifiers and The National Championships. We know this will be disappointing for everyone involved but please understand we have not made this decision lightly.

Coach reviews, First Aid and Safeguarding Updates

We understand that some training or reviews have a deadline attached to them to enable your coaches and volunteers to continue supporting your group. For the time being, we are issuing 6 month extensions on coach reviews and first aid courses.

Whilst safeguarding training should be updated every three years and alternated between face-to-face and on-line, if anyone is due to update their safeguarding and it should be face to face, they can either:

  • Delay face to face training for up to 6 months i.e. by end of September

or

  • Update online, providing face to face training is then attended within 12 months.

Please be assured; we have run this by our insurers who have agreed the extensions in the current circumstances.

Coach assessments

We advise postponing all coach assessments for the foreseeable future. We know this will be a frustration for the coaches affected, but we must prioritise the health of everyone involved, including the riders and volunteers who would be needed. This will mean the coaches will need to continue to be supervised until such time the assessments can be rescheduled.

Closed groups

Understandably, many RDA groups have now taken the difficult decision to close. We fully support this action and know it has not been made lightly. The impact on participants will be significant, as well as for volunteers, for whom RDA provides an important community.

We will continue to support groups as much as possible during this difficult time. There will be a few staff in the office and the majority will be working from home, but please continue to contact us – by email wherever possible.

Some specific areas you might be interested in:

  • Talk to the comms team about publicity for your group. We will be circulating a template press release to help get support from your local area. This will also be a good time to stay in touch with your RDA community through social media, so please ask if you have any questions or need any advice. cward@rda.org.uk
  • Talk to the fundraising team about how to use this time to fundraise. This could be a good time to look at MyRDA and applying for grants, using social media to fundraise etc. cyapp@rda.org.uk 
  • Use our educational resources to help your participants continue with RDA while they can’t come to sessions. Contact Marisa about Proficiency Tests, Arts & Crafts and more. marisa@rda.org.uk

Groups with paid employees

Employees have now been asked to work from home where possible. This may have an impact on your ability to look after your horses. The government has not issued any advice about this yet. We will let you know as soon as this changes.

In the meantime, ACAS is regularly updating its website with useful advice and information for employers and employees. www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

National Office

National Office remains open, but will be operating with a skeleton staff in the office, with the majority of staff working from home. Please contact us by email wherever possible.

Staying safe

Most importantly, we urge you and everyone involved at your group to prioritise their own health and wellbeing. This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and there is still a lot of change to come. We will do our very best to stay in regular contact, to support you and your community as much as possible, and we wish you all the very best of health and good luck in the coming weeks.

Best wishes,

 

Ed Bracher
Chief Executive, RDA UK
ebracher@rda.org.uk

 

Page Last Updated: March 17, 2020

Advice from RDA UK as at 13 March 2020

Government advice

Following the meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee yesterday, when it was agreed that the UK will move to the ‘delay’ stage of its response, RDA’s policy is that Groups, volunteers and participants should continue to refer to and follow the current official Government advice. You can find this, and more information, here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public. This page will always contain the most up to date information. We will therefore not be reprinting this information in our own messages, to avoid out of date advice circulating.

The NHS website also provides guidance on the symptoms, how the disease is spread, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs. You can view this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

RDA specific information

While our advice as a nationwide organisation remains in line with the Government’s position, individual groups, volunteers and participants must feel able to make decisions based on their own specific circumstances.

 

In order for your group to stay open:

  • Everyone must have the ability to wash (or sanitise) their hands in line with government/NHS guidelines
  • Ensure that your volunteers and participants don’t feel under any obligation to attend if they have concerns
  • Respect the feelings of everyone at your group and take their concerns seriously

 

In addition:

  • There is a leaflet for visitors to your site that you can download here and use if you wish VisitorAdviceCorona Virus 
  • You may wish to talk to your schools, care providers or other groups about their plans and if they are happy to continue coming

 

If your trustees decide to suspend the group

  • Please email us at info@rda.org.uk to let us know so we can keep up to date with the changing situation nationally.

   

Groups with paid employees

It seems likely that, as the situation escalates, employees will be asked to work from home. This may have an impact on your ability to look after your horses. The government has not issued any advice about this yet. We will let you know as soon as this changes.

 

In the meantime, ACAS is regularly updating its website with useful advice and information for employers and employees. https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

Regional Qualifiers and National Championships

Government advice does not currently restrict gatherings or events on the scale of our regional qualifiers and championships. We are reviewing the situation, but for the time being please assume they are continuing.

 

National Office

We remain open for business as usual, so please contact us with any questions or concerns. If the office has to close we will inform you as soon as possible. You can contact the office on 01926 492915 or email info@rda.org.uk.

Page Last Updated: March 16, 2020

Advice on Coronavirus from RDA UK as at 10 March 2020

Following the meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee yesterday, when it was agreed that the UK will remain in the ‘containment’ stage of its response, RDA’s policy is that Groups, volunteers and participants should continue to refer to and follow the current official Government advice. You can find this, and more information, here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public. This page will always contain the most up to date information. We will therefore not be reprinting this information in our own messages, to avoid out of date advice circulating.

 

While our advice as a nationwide organisation remains in line with the Government’s position, individual groups, volunteers and participants must feel able to make decisions based on their own specific circumstances. Just like everyone else, volunteers, staff and participants should follow the standard advice on self-isolation if that is applicable. As you will understand, this is a rapidly changing situation so it is worth continuing to check the Government webpage for updates, and follow their advice to guide your decisions.

   

The NHS website also provides guidance on the symptoms, how the disease is spread, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs. You can view this at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/   

 

If the situation changes, and/or we update our advice we will of course let you know immediately. If you have any specific concerns please do get in touch with us directly.

Page Last Updated: March 13, 2020

RDA UK has partnered with McClure Solicitors

RDA UK has partnered with McClure Solicitors (who have 14 offices across the UK) who offer their free will and free will review service all year round, to anyone wishing to access it, at no obligation. In addition they offer a special price Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney service.

The free will service raises substantial funds for charities via donations, gift aid and gifts in wills. 

For more information on this partnership and how it may be of benefit to your RDA Group or Region please contact Lisa MacDonald at RDA National Office on lmacdonald@rda.org.uk or 07739 383666.

Page Last Updated: February 7, 2020

Job Opportunity – Essex

Chigwell Riding Trust is look for an experienced coach five days a week. This is a great opportunity for the right person. The role includes Coaching, schooling horses and yard work. Accommodation on site and a car is essential. Contact Deborah on 020 8500 6051 or email deborah@chigride.org.uk for more information.

Page Last Updated: January 9, 2020

The new faces of para-equestrian dressage to represent Great Britain 

The British Equestrian Federation has announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded para-equestrian dressage squad which will compete at the FEI Longines European Championships in Rotterdam, Holland (21–25 August 2019).

This year’s team includes three combinations who will be contesting their first senior championships, while Sophie Wells and C Fatal Attraction will be out to defend their Freestyle gold medal from the European Championships in 2017.

In alphabetical order, the selected squad has been named by British Dressage selectors as…

  • Mari Durward-Akhurst (Grade I) with Glesni Owen’s Sky O’Hara
  • Nicky Greenhill (Grade IV) with her own and Gary Greenhill’s Betty Boo
  • Sophie Wells (Grade V) with Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction
  • Georgia Wilson (Grade II) with her own and Geoff and Julie Wilson’s Midnight

Performance Manager Georgina Sharples said “Many congratulations to all the selected combinations, their owners and support teams. It is wonderful to see three first-time championship athletes included in this selection – they’ll have the chance to experience a championship environment as part of the build up to Tokyo 2020. Also representing Great Britain in her eleventh major championships, Paralympic, World and European multi-medallist Sophie Wells, will bring a wealth of experience as will a highly committed and knowledgeable support Team.”

Jason Brautigam, British Dressage Chief Executive, commented; “It’s fantastic to see three new names getting the call-up to the team this year, alongside the extensive Championship experience of Sophie Wells. With qualification for next year’s Paralympics already assured, it’s great to provide opportunities for new combinations to make their mark on the international stage. Competition for places has been fierce this year, with a number of riders in line for selection, which shows the fantastic depth we have in the programme just one year out from Tokyo. Congratulations to the chosen four and we look forward to cheering you on in Rotterdam.”

Nicky and Sophie have also been selected with direct reserve horses, Nicky with Gary Greenhill and her own King Edward I and Sophie with her own Diadeem.

The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.

 

 

Page Last Updated: July 31, 2019

Job opportunity at the RDA – Project Co-ordinator (Tracker)

RDA National Office, Shrewley, Warwick

RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure RDA Groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

About the role:

We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in coordinating the delivery of our Tracker development plan. This role is an opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their ability to engage with key stakeholders and has strong project management and organisational skills.

The main responsibilities of the role include leading in three key areas:

  • To co-ordinate the development of the Tracker tool
  • To ensure groups using the Tracker have sufficient guidance and support
  • To promote the use of tracker data by RDA groups

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.  We also value adaptability; someone who will enjoy working on a new project and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

 

This is a fixed term role finishing on 31st March 2020 working 3 days (21 hours) per week although flexibility will be needed leading up to events with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £20,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Full job description

Please ring 01926 405966 or email mcobble@rda.org.uk for more information, or send your CV and a covering letter to mcobble@rda.org.uk  or Matthew Cobble Group Support and Volunteer Manager, RDA National Office, Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Old Warwick Road, Shrewley, Warwick CV35 7AX.

Closing date for applications is 2nd August 2019.

https://www.myrda.org.uk/21148-2/

Page Last Updated: July 18, 2019