Friday 13th July to 15th July 2018
RDA National Championships
Hartpury College, Gloucester
Wish us luck – we are off to the National Championships!
The RDA National Championship is the RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events including Carriage Driving, Countryside Challenge, Dressage, Showjumping, Vaulting and Showing.
The Championships has grown year on year and is now bigger than the Paralympics and Para World Championships combined. In previous years it has proved a springboard for the Paralympics, with many of the current Team GB having competed at The Championships.
Since 2002, the RDA National Championships have been held at Hartpury College in Gloucester. Riders who compete at the Championships will have first qualified at a Regional Qualifying Competition in one of our 18 Regions. Riders from all over the country compete at the Championships and come away with a sense of achievement, great confidence, new friends – not to mention the odd rosette!
Thursday 28th June 2018
RDA Endurance Challenge Day 2018
Underriver Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent
Some of our riders will be attending the Endurance Riding Challenge Day in Sevenoaks, Kent. Riders will have the opportunity to complete a course of 1km, 2km or 3km. Please look at our Facebook page for some photos from the day.
Thursday 24th May 2018
South East Regional Dressage Qualifier 2018
Hickstead Showground, Haywards Heath
We are excited to be taking our clients, along with horses and ponies, to the Dressage qualifier at the Hickstead Showground on Thursday 24th May 2018.
The object of dressage is to improve balance, control, mobility, memory and freedom. Riding the movements required for a test and maintaining a good rhythm increase the awareness of balance and control. RDA dressage tests range from led, with helpers, at walk, to canter tests with lateral movements. The challenge of learning a test, riding it accurately and performing to the best of the horse’s ability, has many positive benefits.
Dressage gives an opportunity for riders to show a judge, parents, friends and helpers what has been achieved during the riding sessions. It can also help a coach to set goals, allowing the riders to demonstrate often hidden reservoirs of determination to achieve and can vividly show the benefits of previous coaching.
Tuesday 1st May 2018
South East Region RDA Countryside Challenge Course 2018
Felbridge Showground, East Grinsted
We are taking eight of our clients, along with horses and ponies, to the Countryside Challenge at the Felbridge Showground on Tuesday 1st May 2018
The RDA Countryside Challenge is a development of the skills acquired in RDA sessions at Fairlight Hall. We have been busy learning the course, which is focused upon school movements, both challenging and stimulating the rider, but with the focus on being fun!
During the course, riders have the opportunity to put their skills to the test through challenging tasks, posting an envelope, picking an apple, other tasks involving obstacles, around barrels and encountering pens with chickens and sheep. Finally, opening a gate, passing through and thanking the farmer. Steering, balance and confidence are all put to the test.
All classes will be divided into Junior and Senior. The top two in each section achieving 65% or more will qualify for the National Championships!
Saturday 28th April 2018
Fairlight Hall, East Sussex
Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at our Fete on Saturday, you made the event such a great success! We have enjoyed reading so much kind feedback on our Facebook page.
Thank you for generously buying the raffle tickets, tombola, ride tickets and other items. The weather stayed fine and we all enjoyed ourselves with fun Shetland pony trap rides, several other stalls, tea and cake plus barbecue, accompanied by a great Ukulele band! I’m thrilled to say we raised around £1000, just doing the final totals now. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
2018 OPEN DAY – It’s the start of the Summer, so come along to celebrate with a great day out at our Riding for the Disabled Charity Fete on Saturday 28th April – 11am – 3pm. We have lots of fun planned and entry is free!
There will be live music with a great Ukulele band, refreshments, a barbecue, Shetland Pony trap rides, face painting, tombola and lots of other good stuff!
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you then.