Donated new yard roof

Donated new yard roof

Donations
[caption id="attachment_1155" align="alignright" width="190"] The condition of our old roof.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1154" align="alignright" width="190"] New roof, with sky lights that let light in.[/caption] We would like to say a huge thank you to Wye valley group, GTaccess limited, and Central group roofing and biulding services, for donating their services, to install a new roof over the stable yard. Whilst we were closed for the summer, they have taken down the old roof and put up a new one, which would have cost us thousands to do. They have done a brilliant job and we would highly recommend their services. When we left for our holidays our roof was very leaky and falling in, we have come back to a dry yard, which means we can now use all of the…
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25th year celebrations

25th year celebrations

Events
To celebrate our actual Anniversary we had a hours hack, in which we went for a lovely hack up above Holme Lacy House. It was a very warm day and we came back to enjoy drinks and a beautifull cake, which was made by Sue Griffiths. Through the week we had a number of groups who came to see us. They were able to look around the yard, have a go on our mechanical horse, and sit and watch the lessons that were going on. They enjoyed some drinks and anniversary cake whilst chatting. It had a great effect on one lady who suffers from dementia, as she suddenly started talking about her past with horses, to the surprise of her carers. Some of the people that had a go…
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RDA Nationals 2017

RDA Nationals 2017

Competitions
Herefordshire RDA took five riders to the RDA nationals at Hartpury on the 15th of july 2017, they had all qualified for the countryside challenge. It was a dry day and we had a huge entourage of supporters. Zara and Stephanie spent lots of time polishing up Daisy and Jelly for the best turned out, they did look good, but the standard was very high. Now they know what they need to do, they are hoping to do better next year. Everybody did really well in the competition, as it was quite a challenge. Daisy was not keen on the laminated sheep in the neighbouring field, and some of the gaps were very tight for large horses. For the visually impaired class it took good communication and responses from leader…
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Elliot’s leap of faith

Elliot’s leap of faith

Fundraising
[caption id="attachment_1012" align="alignright" width="225"] Elliot winning his walk test at RDA regionals 2017[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1011" align="alignright" width="225"] Elliot riding Sham[/caption] Elliot Evans who has Cerebral Palsy as well as being on the autistic spectrum, has chosen two challenges to raise money for us. He has ridden with Herefordshire RDA since he was 3 years old (1993) and is now enjoying riding Jelly. This year he won his walk class at the RDA regionals on Shamrock who has sadly moved on. Elliot is aiming to jump out of a plane at 15,000 ft in a tandem sky dive on the 15th of September, he is also aiming to do the Cardiff half marathon in his wheel chair on the 1st of October. Please help him reach his target of £5000 by…
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RDA Regionals – Stourport 2017

RDA Regionals – Stourport 2017

Competitions, Uncategorized
[caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignright" width="224"] Elliot Evans and Jessica Dallow waiting for their classes.[/caption] This year we took sixteen riders to compete on seven horses, in twenty five classes. Two of the horse's were Jackie North's horse Cookie, who was doing his first RDA competition, and Steph Boyce's pony Daisy, who was doing its first competition. [caption id="attachment_1017" align="alignleft" width="225"] Jackie North riding Cookie.[/caption] Cookie had a good start to his competing career, but sadly Daisy went lame. Daisy is now fine after a rest, and Steph was allowed to compete on one of our horses instead, which was great. A sad but fitting day for Leah Bradshaw and Shamrock, as it was their last day with us. we wish them well for the future. Louise Taylor and Elliot Evans won their classes…
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March the 19th dressage

March the 19th dressage

Competitions
A great day was had by everybody, the day stayed dry. Many of our riders had their first experience of riding in another arena, which they coped with well. What was lovely to see is how everybody supported each other, and new friendships were born. Due to the number of our clients who wanted to compete in the intro class, the college kindly created our own section within the class. Ryan Gwilliam came 1st and was overall in joint first place in the whole class which was very good. Daniel Bailey 2nd Jackie North 3rd Stephanie Boyce 4th Zara Roberts 5th Florence Bradbury won the under 16's section  
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Great fun was had at half term

Great fun was had at half term

Events
HALF TERM FUN. We ran lots of activities, that were very popular. On the Monday we ran a own a pony day, which was full up. During the day riders were busy grooming their ponies, tacking up and untacking for lessons. They learnt about the day to day care of the ponies. They also rode in a gymkhana in the morning and had a flat lesson in the afternoon. This gave them the opportunity to spend time with their favourite pony, and make new friends. We also had our first hour group jumping lesson, which went very well. Blue really seemed to enjoy his jumping. It was great to see our horses and riders taking on the challenge. All riders are very keen to do more jumping sessions. We were very…
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A big thank you to PALLISERS of hereford

A big thank you to PALLISERS of hereford

Donations
We would like to say a big thank you to Pallisers of Hereford. They have loaned us this Kubota, which makes life so much easier. It is great for delivering hay to the fields in these very muddy conditions. Pallisers is a family run garden machinery business, based in Hereford. You can find them on www.pallisers.co.uk.
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Our Internet Life Saver

Our Internet Life Saver

communication
This is Marcus, the man who put us back in the land of the living after being in the wilderness for 3 weeks. Thank you so much. WE are really grateful for all your help and assistance. Sorry to everyone that I had sent emails too via the kindness of Holme Lacy College, during this 3 week period, not the case so all that I thought I had sent all got sent out once situation was corrected. I expect you all thought I was having a really bad senior moment, Thankfully all back to normal . Marcus you are  always welcome to come to the ranch any time you want.
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February Half Term Activities

February Half Term Activities

Events
Half Term is just round the corner.  See what we have going on.          All activities have limited spaces, not to be disappointed please book EARLY!!! Monday at 1 pm - 2 pm A Show Jumping lesson with Rachael, only book for this if you can trot of the lead rein in control. Wednesday at 10:30 am to 11:30 am  Gymkhana (games on horse back) open to all Thursday Own a Pony full day 10:30 - 3:30 or half day morning 10:30 - 12:45, half day afternoon 1:15 - 3:30 open to all Friday at 1 pm - 2 pm Hack out what ever the weather open to all Please contact the office for further information and to book a place.
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Merry Christmas everybody

Merry Christmas everybody

Events
The last riding lessons before Christmas were spent playing gymkhana games, poke the present, musical cones and many more. Leah and Shamrock got into the festivities by dressing up, which inspired a few of our riders. We would like to say a big thank you for all of our lovely presents, the horses particularly liked the carrots. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who are giving the horses a well deserved holiday. Merry Christmas everybody.
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College dressage on 20/11/16

Events
We would like to thank the college for allowing our staff, volunteers and clients to take part in their college dressage competition. This was a great opportunity for our riders to experience competing with in their familiar school, but with outside judges and against other riders. Some of our riders have never had the opportunity to compete before, so they have learnt how to read a dressage test and memorize it. They have also learnt about what preparation is needed prior to the competition, to full fill their full potential. I would like to thank all staff and volunteers for their hard work for turning the horses out so beautifully and for helping our riders in achieving great tests. As you can see from the results sheet, it was a…
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Half term Halloween fun

Half term Halloween fun

Events
Halloween half term activities included a own a pony day, where riders got the chance to be involved in the day to day care of their pony. we had a lovely big group which enabled riders to meet up with old friends and make new ones. During the day they all had a group riding lesson and  went out for a hack along the old railway line. Whilst out we collected apples, so that everyone could give their pony a treat, which they all loved. During the week we took a large group out for an hours hack. This is great as it gives riders the opportunity to ride further than in their regular half hour lessons. It also means we have time to ride up above Holme Lacy house,…
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