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TINKER

 

It was with great sadness at the end of August, we had to say farewell to Tinker. He had been unwell for some months. 

Tinker came to Wilton RDA in the early Spring 2012. He was already an experienced RDA pony, so was very soon helping with rides and settled in very quickly.

A lovely natured, freindly fellow - he was always willing and forward going with quite a long stride and became a favourite for riders and volunteers alike. He was patient with riders and would stand very still if he felt someone was off balance or was upset and even went to sleep once when a rider decided to lie back on him and not sit up for a few minutes.

Tinker loved being in his stable, as he liked resting his head on the door for a snooze or while watching what was going on around the yard. He loved being groomed and would helpfully pick up his feet, though sometimes he forgot which foot you had just picked out and would pick it up again. However, Tinker was very defensive of his food and any hay in the field. He also had a dislike for the coloured pegs on strings hanging around the indoor school but he would still be brave and walk past them!

A gentle and kind soul - we shall miss him very much.

 

  ‘STASH YOUR CASH’  CAN HUNT

 

Is one of our 500 cans in your home and feeling lonely?

 

We would love to meet it back at the Centre to reach our target of £2,000.

 

Thank you.

Luke and Smokey relaxing in the shade today......

Ben Willdigg and Victoria Cheshire took part in The RDA Nationals at Hartpury - Ben came 5th. Well done to them both.

 

 

Come and see THE FAIRY HOUSE at the magic circle, in the woods!

SUMMER FETE 2018 - Click here to see some of the wonderful pictures of this year’s Summer Fete

 

https://philmaclean.pixieset.com/wiltonrdasummerfete2018/

 

Great Day at the Regionals in Bristol

 

Everyone had a wonderful day on Monday at the Regoinals. Congratulations to Victoria and Ben, who both qualified for the Nationals and will compete on this coming Sunday. Lucy did very well coming 4th in her class.

The Regional Showjumping and Endurance Competition took place at the Pembroke Centre on Monday. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone had a lovely time.

Badminton Horse Trials

 

Everyone had a wonderful time at Badminton on Friday.  Thank you to Alan Westcott for taking us there in the Mencap minibus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) came to the Pembroke Centre, to present a sports first aid kit and some bottles water.

 

We would like to thank them for their generosity.

The Joy of the RDA

 

The joy I feel when I go riding,

All my stress, anxieties and sad thoughts are gone.

I'm so happy, excited and feel in control.

The joy of riding is the highliht of my week.

 

I feel free from worrying about my health conditions.

I feel confident, relaxed and at peace.

I know on each ride I'm learning something new.

I get such a buzz from horse riding,

I am so proud and honoured to ride with the RDA.

 

Wow the joy of the Wilton RDA...

Written by Victoria Cheshire (Rider) 

 

Memorial Tree Planting

 

Last week, three dedicated gardeners Clare Eagle, Jane Pope, Richard Ellis and Jo Pay planted two superb specimens of ornamental Japanese Cherry Trees in the grounds of the RDA Pembroke Centre, as a Memorial to many who have been part of our lives here.

 

Our grateful thanks to all those at Langford Trees for their help and generous contribution.

 

 

Volunteers braved the cold on Monday for a Fire Extinguisher Demo and Training - it looks like they could do with a good fire to keep warm!

Summer Fete - Saturday 2nd June 2018 from 2 - 4.30pm

 

The Fete will be held this year after a gap of two years, on Saturday 2nd June. Make sure you put the date in your diary and anyone who would like to help out on the day, should contact us at rdawilton@mail.com. See you there!

 

WHY NOT JOIN OUR LOTTERY?

 

The 200 Club is our monthly lottery run for the benefit of Wilton RDA. It costs just £5 per month to join and there is a draw each month. With a full membership, 1st Prize is £250, 2nd Prize is £150 and 3rd prize £100. Go on and have a go.....just think what you could do with the prize money!

 

E-mail Cate Saunsbury at 200club.rdawilton@gmail.com or call 01794 324841 to join or click on 200 Club for an application form.

 

Skydive -  Sunday April 8th

 

A group of supporters will be carrying out a 10,000ft Tandem Skydive over Salisbury Plain in April. They will all be raising money for the Centre.

 

If you fancy a challenge this year, then why not joining them? Please contact Alex Thomas - fundraisingwiltonrda@gmail.com if you think you or someone you know might be interested.

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