News from the Regionals!

News from the Regionals!

Competitions
Congratulations to our amazing riders who attended the West Mercia Regionals. Only a small proportion of our riders want to compete and we came home with lots of rosettes, with two of our riders qualifying for the National Championships at Hartbury, the highest scoring dressage test in Herefordshire and the overall winner of the 3D class in the art competition. Plus masses of fun! For all the results from the qualifiers, visit the RDA West Mercia website. Well done everyone and a big thankyou to everyone who came to help make it a perfect day! Great new venue too. [envira-gallery id="686"]
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June Superdraw!

June Superdraw!

Fundraising
Kindly donated by Chase Distilleries and the lovely Kate Chase from Verzons Hotel Ledbury, is a Jeroboam of Williams Elegant Gin!. Online raffle tickets can be purchased from here and the prize will be drawn on the 30th June. Remember, drink responsibly and we'll be happy to share...... If you want a sneak peak, pop into the office and let it temp you!  
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Countryside Challenge!

Countryside Challenge!

Events
We have constructed our very own Countryside Challenge route for our outdoor activities this Summer and training for the forthcoming Regional Qualifiers. Half Term activities now taking bookings. See our Events page or phone 01432 870 831 for details.
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Angie runs Cardiff 1/2!

Angie runs Cardiff 1/2!

Events, Fundraising
Angela Hale, a yard assistant at Hereford RDA, is running the Cardiff Half for HRDA on the 26th March! Angie says: "Since I started working at the therapeutic centre I have been inspired by the stories of achievement and seen the smiles on the faces of the amazing people who ride our lovely horses and ponies. So many people come together to make it a success and I want to do my bit by running the Half Marathon in Cardiff. This idea was formed late last year and I've had little time to prepare but there's nothing like throwing yourself in the deep end! I'd like to say a big thank you to those who have encouraged me on this journey- for those who know me I'm not the the…
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Xmas Appeal News!

Xmas Appeal News!

Events, Fundraising
The Courtyard’s 2015 Christmas Appeal partnering with HRDA has raised a total of £5,848.90 during the Courtyard’s most successful pantomime ever, Beauty and the Beast. Funds supported both charities - The Courtyard, and partner, Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled (RDA). The money raised has enabled us to invest in a much needed, customised saddle for Jelly, which can be specially adapted for our disabled riders. [envira-gallery id="664"] ‘Working with The Courtyard has been even better than expected. It has made a huge difference to RDA through raising awareness of the equine therapeutic activities we provide to the community, as well as much needed funds to keep our Holme Lacey centre running. Funds raised from the Appeal have allowed the purchase of a bespoke saddle for some of our severely physically disabled riders, enabling…
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Xmas Appeal 2015

Xmas Appeal 2015

Events, Fundraising
We have been lucky to have been chosen as The Courtyard's Christmas Appeal Charity Partner for this year's performances of Beauty and the Beast. Steady Eddie will be making guest appearances on special days and all monies raised will support both The Courtyard Charity and Herefordshire RDA. Come along to any performance and help support us both! www.courtyard.org.uk/donate https://www.courtyard.org.uk/events/beauty-the-beast/
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Spring Fair

Spring Fair

Events, Fundraising
With half term upon us, just in case you were looking for something to fill the time why not pop along to The Verzon Hotel, Hereford Road, Trumpet, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2PZ . Everyone is welcome. They are hosting a Spring Fair with all the proceeds going to Herefordshire RDA, to help raise the desperately needed £100,000 annual target. More information about the event can be found on our Events Page We look forward to seeing you all.
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The Mayor’s Charity

The Mayor’s Charity

Uncategorized
On Monday 18 May 2015,  Councillor Charles Nicholls became Hereford’s 634th Mayor. In a traditional ceremony Councillor Chris Chappell proposed Councillor Nicholls, saying he had found him to be a hard working and committed Councillor, working to deliver what was the best for the City. After being elected by a member to the position of Mayor, Councillor Nicholls said “As a child with no idea of his future I could not have imagined I would one day receive this great honour of being made Mayor. Thank you”. Councillor Nicholls named his charities for this year’s Mayor’s appeal as Alzheimer’s Society which supports people living with dementia and the Riding for the Disabled which provides therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with a variety of mental and physical disabilities. Below are some images taken at the ceremony:…
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200 Club May Draw

200 Club May Draw

200 Club
Here are this month's WINNERS. Congratulations to the holders of our three winning numbers! There were 69 confirmed entries. Total prize fund £34.50 1st Prize - £17.25 2nd Prize - £10.35   3rd Prize - £6.90 Winning numbers are: 1st Prize - 18 2nd Prize - 29 3rd Prize - 16 1st Prize - £17.25 2nd Prize - £10.35 3rd Prize - £6.90 [well type="" class="floatleft"] Haven't entered yet? Or do you know someone who would like to enter?  We still have plenty of draw numbers available for purchase. Ask in the office for an entry form. All entries received before 31st May will be eligible for the June draw.[/well]  
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Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training

Volunteering
We started the first week of the New Year with all our volunteers being introduced to the new members of our herd and undergoing some "refresher" training. On this session, Jelly was the patient "guinea pig" whilst the correct way to assist the Instructor to mount was demonstrated. We also used this opportunity to help Tintin in his training to overcome his apprehension of crowds - he looks pretty chilled out to us! We will be holding our next volunteer training session Wednesday 19th February 9.30 to 12pm. The topic will be Deaf Awareness. Please contact the office to book your place.
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Xmas Carol Service

Xmas Carol Service

Events, Uncategorized
On Tuesday 17th December our Centre was filled with festive cheer and some wonderful singing as members of the Fire Choir performed some classic Christmas carols for our riders, volunteers and invited guests.  Wizard Wonky, as well as face painting (can you spot Fenella?) kept our younger guests entertained, whilst Steady Eddie gave some “taster" rides. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Phil Edwards lit our Christmas Candle and had some fun on Steady Eddie.  Father Christmas visited us as well and was very pleased with the sparkly grotto we had prepared for him! It was a lovely evening, full of goodwill and Christmas spirit, with some yummy bacon baps, delicious cakes and warming mulled wine provided to help keep us warm!  A massive thank you to everyone who donated their time and helped on the night – as always we are extremely grateful.
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