50th anniversary

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Join us as we celebrate 50 years of fun, therapy and achievement through horses

RDA is 50 this year and we hope you will want to join in the celebrations. There are lots of events and activities throughout the year so please get involved if you can.
Celebration week

RDA was officially formed in October 1969, so we are making the week of 30th September – 6th October “Celebration Week”. We are encouraging all RDA Groups to do something during that week to mark the occasion and celebrate our 50 years. If you’re stuck for inspiration, you will also find enclosed a list of ideas for fun sessions, fundraisers and more.

Get inspired
To support Celebration Week and other activities, we have produced 50th anniversary rosettes, like the one enclosed, and these are available for you for just £1. We have also created a special 50th Anniversary Endeavour award (sample enclosed) so you can challenge your riders and drivers to take part in a special Endeavour Award with a 50th theme. Both of these are available to order on our group orders website at www.grouporders.rda.org.uk

A year of celebrations
During the year there are some key events to look forward to:

April: Celebration event in Edinburgh

June: Opening of our new National Training Centre

July: National Championships (12-14 July) – including a special pageant on Friday 12 featuring all the activities RDA has developed over the past 50 years. Even if your Group is not taking part in the Championships itself, we’d love to see you there to witness the pageant and join in the fun.
No RDA event would be complete without cake, so on Saturday 13th July at the championships, we’ll be holding a tea party and invite you to join in with the “Great RDA Bake Off” with a birthday cake theme.

November: celebration event in London

There will be other events during the year – both nationally and regionally – and we will be in touch to let you know about these and also to remind you of the things mentioned here. Please don’t feel constrained and if you have a good idea and want some help or support let us know!

Share your celebrations
We would love to see how you are celebrating and share this with the RDA community. Some of the ways you can do this are:

Using the #RDA50 when you post about the 50th on social media

Send us photographs of your celebrations – if you don’t use social media you can email these to us

Share or tag us in old pictures from your group over the past 50 years

You can email pictures and share your celebrations with Caroline and Beth at cward@rda.org.uk or brandles@rda.org.uk

Page Last Updated: March 20, 2019