Tea Party Fundraiser – Sat 20 August – save this date!

Tea Party Fundraiser – Sat 20 August – save this date!

Events, Fundraising, Uncategorized
We are planning a fabulous summer tea party and fundraiser to commemorate 3 decades at Holme Lacy and celebrate all of our valued support from volunteers, managers and horses over the years - and of course our riders. This will take place 1pm-3.30pm (free admission via a prebooking link on Eventbrite - watch this space!) We'll have a super RAFFLE and tunes from the 1990's onwards, plus activities and cake, plenty of cake! Details to follow - be ready to share with friends SATURDAY 20 AUGUST for the afternoon.
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Volunteer Drive – summer 2022

Volunteer Drive – summer 2022

Uncategorized, Volunteering
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK is Mon 9 May to Sun 15 - to explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities. We believer our supportive environment can help many more people with all kinds of social anxieties. We want to try and help!As you may know, Holme Lacy is home to up to ten RDA horses, a range of dedicated volunteers and two staff. Everyone is trained and qualified to deliver the best possible riding experiences - based on user needs, personal ambitions and therapeutic goals. VOLUNTEERS ARE KEY TO OUR DELIVERYDemand is currently outstripping supply for our range of therapies, so we have initiated a recruitment drive for new VOLUNTEERS- help with…
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Come Join Us!  Yard Manager Required

Come Join Us! Yard Manager Required

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Job Status: Permanent Full Time Hours: 37.5 hours over 4.5 days including weekend days Salary: £20,000 +An opportunity has arisen to join our team at our dedicated Equine Centre at Holme Lacy, Herefordshire.  We are looking for an individual who is committed to delivering a high standard of Equine care and riding coaching to help fulfil our clients needs. Herefordshire RDA is a registered charity delivering equine therapy sessions to over 60 people each week with a variety of additional needs. This includes adults, children and various school groups who attend the Centre.  This is an exciting time to join the charity as we have purchased a new site just outside Ross on Wye and are in the planning process to build a new Equestrian Centre where we can expand…
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SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER

SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER

communication, Horses, Uncategorized, Volunteering
Give us a nudge if you haven't yet seen our latest newslettter! We are expanding the outreach and welcome new readers. Inside, you will find volunteer event news, donor updates and our new services and schedules for classes like our new HORSE CARE weekly sessions, or specialised HIPPOTHERAPY support with a visiting physio, Vicky Fudge (applications to book for these are via admin@rdahereford.org). This issue also plugs our team of #HRDAtalent22 -with the riders and volunteer awards for exceptional dedication - well done everyone.
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Daniel and Lady qualify : RDA National Championships 2021

Daniel and Lady qualify : RDA National Championships 2021

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Back in July we were thrilled to submit some of our riders to the virtual regional qualifiers at the National RDA Championships. Everyone achieved strong results, gaining rosettes and certificates to mark the occasion. Daniel Bailey was our NC qualifier, (going over the 63% threshold), and achieving great feedback from the Judge with a score of 67% on an unled walk and trot. Very well done to Daniel and to our fabulous pony, Lady!
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Welcome back from the 12th April!

Welcome back from the 12th April!

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We're pleased to announce with lockdown restrictions easing, we are reopening the Herefordshire RDA centre on Monday 12th April 2021, this is in line with the governments’ second phase of the easement plan.At Christmas all the RDA horses and ponies went for a two-week staycation at a nearby farm and were well looked after by one of our amazing volunteers and their family. As the end of the year approached everyone was looking forward to their Christmas festivities and the two-week break, after a very difficult 2020!  The centre closed its doors on Friday 18th December after the final lesson was completed.On Monday 4th January the RDA staff and horses returned to the centre. It was full swing ahead to get everything set up and ready to welcome our riders…
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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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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

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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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

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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