Coronavirus Update

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Please see the statement below from David Harding for your information:- Yesterday, Monday March 16th, the Government urged people to work from home and implement social distancing measures to keep people safe as possible. RDA UK is now strongly advising that all RDAs cease activities unless groups can put in measures to meet the guidance on social distancing. Social distancing means trying to avoid contact with other people, and spending less time in public places, where a lot of people are around. HRDA Trustees have fully discussed this challenge and have concluded that we cannot put in place robust measures that would keep people safe, and we have therefore, taken the decision to close the Centre immediately and for the foreseeable future. You can read the government guidelines on this…
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Wing Walkers Wanted!

Wing Walkers Wanted!

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Calling all adrenaline junkies Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled is offering a unique opportunity to anyone who has a sense of adventure and likes a challenge.  We are looking for people to do a wing walk on a vintage bi-plane whilst also raising money for our charity. The wing walk will take place on 19th May 2020 at an airfield near Cirencester.  The experience involves standing on top of the wings of a plane as it reaches dizzying heights. You will be strapped in whilst stood on the wings of the bi-plane as it takes to the skies. It really is a sure-fire way to get your adrenaline pumping!  Make it a day out by bringing your family and friends along to share in your experience. If you would like…
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Stable Management Lessons

Stable Management Lessons

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Come along this half term and learn more about horse care and stable management. All participants will learn about grooming, horse health and daily care tasks. Everyone will also get an RDA proficiency certificate, badge and rosette. Sessions: Monday 17th February: 10 am - 11amWednesday 19th February: 10am - 11amThursday 20th February: 10am - 11am and 1.45pm - 2.45pm To book a place - please contact Emily in the office (admin@rdahereford.org) or call 01432 870831
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Volunteers Urgently Required

Volunteers Urgently Required

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We are in urgent of need of more volunteers to enable us to run riding therapy sessions at our base at Holme Lacy College. At present, we have new clients on our waiting list and can't offer them riding therapy due to not having enough volunteers. Volunteering with us involves either helping in a riding session, leading a pony or walking beside a rider, or helping on our stable yard with practical tasks. There is no requirement for any experience of horses or working with disabled clients before - as full training is given. We are looking for people able to help for 1 hour a week (or more if you can ) on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm. Our volunteers find helping at the…
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New Trustees Required

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We are looking for new trustees to join our board at an exiting time for the charity.  The charity has secured funding to build a new Equestrian Centre in Herefordshire and we are looking forward to using this opportunity to bring security and sustainability to the organisation. We’re looking for trustees able to bring the following competencies: Strong critical and strategic thinkingA proactive nature, able to identify opportunities for the charity and spot potential risks or challengesWillingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their dutiesEnthusiasm for learning about the charity and its management Due to charities current focus of developing a new Centre – we are particularly interested in applicants with one or more of the following experiences: Experience of managing projects or buildsExpertise in legal contracts for…
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RDA Summer Fete

RDA Summer Fete

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We'd like to invite all clients, volunteers and friends to our Summer Fete on Saturday 31st August 2019. Come along to our Holme Lacy Centre between 12pm and 3pm to enjoy our hospitality. Free BBQ, Cream Teas, Stalls and Pony Rides!
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RDA land search

RDA land search

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Herefordshire RDA are excited to announce that they are on the hunt for new premises to house their ponies and horses that give disabled adults and children riding therapy every week. “We have outgrown our current premises at Holme Lacy College and are looking to upgrade the facilities we offer our clients.” says David Harding, Herefordshire RDA chair of trustees.   “We want to say close to Hereford for our clients but this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide top class equestrian therapy for Herefordshire residents”. With to the backing of a charitable donor, the RDA are looking to establish a purpose built equestrian therapy centre in Herefordshire.  This could be by purchasing an existing site with stables or could see the RDA purchasing land to build new…
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London Marathon Success

London Marathon Success

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We are incredibly grateful to Suzanne Rose who ran the London Marathon in 2019 for Herefordshire RDA and along with colleagues at Santander raised a large amount of money. RDA can only continue thanks to fundraising from supporters like Suzanne so a big thank you for all of us!
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Dinky joins the team

Dinky joins the team

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New pony 'Dinky' joins our team of ponies at the Centre. He is characterful black and white pony who at 12h will give benefit our young riders. The yard team are learning his 'quirks' which include cantering round the field and not wanting to be caught in the morning!
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RDA Regionals – Stourport 2017

RDA Regionals – Stourport 2017

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[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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The Mayor’s Charity

The Mayor’s Charity

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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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Xmas Carol Service

Xmas Carol Service

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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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