A huge thank you to everyone who collected plastic bottle tops  and brought them into RDA.  Not only did this raise money for RDA but instead of going into landfill they are being made into garden furniture and plastic toys.


We have now reached our target of 500 kgs of bottle tops, so we are no longer able to accept any more.  Thank you all for your efforts

Listen to Claire and some of our volunteers on Radio Wiltshire by downloading the sound file  - link below. 


Once you have the file saved on your device, open it and it will play. 

Wave audio file [35.6 MB]

Thank you to the Wessex Riding Club for donating this wonderful wheelbarrow to us. I fear it won't remain this clean for very long.......



We will be holding our Carol Service on Saturday 18th December 2021 at 11am.

We are launching a Christmas card designed competition open for all ages. The winner's design will be printed and sold as Christmas cards this year to help raise funds.


We are looking for creative designs, you can take inspiration from one of our horses or come up with something completely different. We are looking forward to seeing all your ideas.


Designs must be sent to us by Monday, the 11th of October to:- Pembroke Centre, Home Farm Road, Wilton, Salisbury SP5 8PJ.



The next  load of your bottle tops has  finally been collected bringing our total weight collected so far to 327 kgs …..   so just 173 kgs to reach our target of 500 kgs.

Do keep saving CLEAN plastic tops with a 2 or a 4 in the embossed triangle inside each lid.   Please nothing else thank you 



Just a bit of positive news that four boxes of used ink cartridges were collected recently bringing our total funds raised in the past twelve months to  £122.65. 


We would like to say a very big 'Thank You' to Mel from Mulepackers CWDC. They have very generously presented us with a cheque for £1,500 which the Mulepackers raised for us. Hugely appreciated.

Take a look at this video about our very own 'Local Hero' Gilbert, who works tirelessly to support local charities including Wilton RDA. You may even spot another familiar face! Just click on the link below.




With colder nights upon us now - do you use a closed wood burner?

Bagged well seasoned wooden fencing logs are available for collection at The Pembroke Centre, in return for a donation. Please call or email the Centre for details to arrange collection.



We are very pleased to announce that Wilton RDA is to receive £7,000 funding from the Coronavirus Community Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. These funds will go towards helping to pay the salary of our Centre Manager as we now start to resume riding. Thank you to the Government for making this possible #CommunitiesCan



Pop-up Shop Opening

We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a pop-up shop. Please come along to The Wilton Shopping Village between Saturday 24th October & Sunday 1st November to buy all your Christmas Cards and other gifts, all being sold to support Wilton RDA. See you there!




Esme and her mother enjoy taking Poppy for a walk in the woods. A lovely time was had by everyone.







A wonderful sight


It was wonderful to see one of our riders returning to the Centre this week. She may not be able to ride, but everyone certainly enjoyed a walk in the woods. The first steps back to normality.


We want to say an enormous 'Thank You' to the Wilton Middle School Trust, who have very generously given us a donation of £8,000 towards our emergency Feed & Care Appeal. This is fantastic news and it will make a tremendous difference to us.




The answers to the Crossword are:-



1. Mane, 5. Horse box, 8. Skewbald, 10. Riding hat, 11. Warmblood, 13. Bridleways, 16. Stable, 18. Gallop, 19. Kipper, 20. Saddle. 22. Arena


2. New Forest Pony, 3. The Grand National, 4. Badminton, 6. Thelwell, 7. Rugs, 9. Stirrups, 12. Farrier, 14. Reins, 15. Gymkhana.


April's Winners


The lucky winners for the April draw are:



2.    NO 62     BETHAN JONES




Very many congratulations to Lauren Brant, who is the winner of our Easter Drawing Competition, with this delightful picture.


Happy Easter Everyone!


Having taken advice this morning, we are sadly going to close the RDA Centre at Wilton for riding, from today onwards, until further notice. (There will be no riding on Friday 13th March.)


The advice on not spreading the coronavirus is such, that action should be taken early, especially when we are dealing with people with vulnerable health. Many of our riders and some volunteers are in this category.

We sincerely hope this will not be for long and we will be monitoring the situation daily.




Our horses and ponies are putting their hooves up, keeping calm and carrying on!


What an amazing Lady!

Katie King is running 12 Marathons, to raise money for us. So far, she has already run 2, so just 10 more to go.....

Please show your support by sponsoring her, by clicking on the link


Well done Katie!


Puzzle looks a little shocked!


The high winds on Sunday brought down a tree in puzzle and Bertie's field. There was a loud crash and the top half of a tree fell. The horses never moved so fast to get out of the way! Luckily everyone was alright.





Salisbury Rugby Club Donation


Salisbury Rugby club recently held a dinner which raised £500 for RDA.  Karen and Natalie Manning were presented with the cheque on Friday and even managed to meet the Abalere bear.


A huge thank you to everyone at the rugby club



Malcolm Scurrell from the Masonic Lodge came to the Centre this week, to present a cheque for £1,000 to our Chairman, Alex Hill.


A big 'Thank You' for this wonderful donation.






Carol Service






Come and join us at the Carol Service.  Mulled wine,  mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas, 



Wednesday 11 Dec 2019 at 11 am

Donation from South Wilts Golf Club


Sandra Ellis, Lady Captain, South Wilts Golf Club presented Karen  & Natalie Manning with a cheque for £5250 The Stars appeal also received a cheque for £5250.


A huge thanks you  from  everyone  at Wilton RDA for their incredible generosity.

Celebration Walk


Over 70 people assembled in the Cathedral Close to help celebrate 50 years of RDA National. They were joined by Poppy, the grey pony, who was blessed by the Bishop of Salisbury, the MP John Glen and Salisbury’s Mayor, John Walsh. Everyone then walked along the Old Shaston Drove, past the Racecourse and down Hare Warren to the Pembroke Centre where there were wonderful riding displays by Tom Dyer, Debbie Hounsome and a group of our young riders. It was a thorough great day for everyone involved, helped by the glorious sunshine.



Nobby’s Owner told us he loves a mug of tea! As it was the last Sunday before riding starts, we thought we’d treat him.


Sure enough he gulped it down, taking a small break to savour it, then finishing it off!



Alex Hill receiving a cheque for £500 from Lodge Elias De Derham No. 586









March Triumphs at  Gymkhana 


March is enjoying his holiday with Nancy Buchanan   He went to a Gymkhana last week and Nancy's granddaughter Maya won a few races!

40 Years at RDA


Di Swanton has been volunteering with Wilton RDA for 40 years.  A presentation took place today, 19th July  at Wilton RDA.   Many thanks to her for all of her hard work.







Wilton RDA rider, Ben Willdigg riding Alice Pearse's horse called Beth.  Ben won the Musical Dressage and came second in the Dressage Championship ID.  Congratulations to Ben and his support team.  What a fantastic result.


Unfortunately, our other rider, Victoria Cheshire, had a fall riding Noah halfway through her dressage test.  We are pleased to report that Victoria is now home and already planning riding at next year's championships.


Thanks must go to everyone involved in supporting our riders to attend the Championships, both on the day and prior to the event. 



 Our milk bottle tops were collected today –part way to the big total we need …… so please pass the wordaround and get saving again please !


Just clean milk bottle tops (with a 2 or a 4 in the triangle)

PLEASE NO plastic /foil seals, NO other bottle lids

Plastic or metal, NO bottles of Bubble bath, NO beach stones,

NO coffee beans, NO detergent dispensers, NO golf t’s,NO nut shells, NO paper clips, NO flower petals, pet hairs or postage stamps – ha ha !!! JUST WASHED MILK BOTTLE TOPS please.”



On Friday, children from Wilton CE Primary School received their Grade 2 Rider’s Certificates. Well done everybody.




Doesn’t she look amazing!


Pat came up to the Centre where she enjoyed a cup of tea & yummy chocolate cake produced by Di Swanton. She then when up to the magic circle with one of the rides. 





Showjumping Event


Everyone had a successful day at the showjumping event at the Centre today. 

Victoria Cheshire won her event and qualified for the Nationals, Lyn Ford was brilliant on Frodo, coming third. Amalie Robinson came first in her category and Alex Barber came fourth in his. Well done everyone!

New Field Shelter



The base for the new field shelter in the top field  has been put in using some very heavy railway sleepers .  They were well used with decades of tar and creosote on them so they should last a while, even allowing for the stuff that now coats the volunteers clothing. 


The next challenge will be getting the delivery lorry into the field!  


Ruby get her Grade 2



Ruby Court from St Martins School got her Grade 2 in Riding and she made a blanket for Smokey.  

Equine Flu


Please be aware that as of the 1 March 2019 it is compulsory for any horse being brought to the Wilton RDA Pembroke Centre site to have documented vaccination or booster in their passport which must be up to date.  Thank you.

Coaching Patchway


RDA has introduced a new Coaching Pathway launched in October 2018  which is designed in modules to improve coaching, horse care and knowledge and improve therapy and medical knowledge.     The photo is from the Therapy and Medical Module training day that we held at Wilton on Tuesday 15th Jan. We had 16 participants and made full use of the new clubroom and 6 of our wonderful equines.

Mid-West was the first region to present the new module training. Every Quarter there will be a training day covering one of the modules. They will move around our region, which is quite large so that everyone can attend one in their area. On February 7th there is a Coaching Module training day at Avon Riding Centre and on March 2nd there is a Horse care and Knowledge Module training day at Cotswold RDA at Cheltenham racecourse. In April we start the 3 modules again with the Coaching Module training day on Tuesday 16th April.    Its all quite new but also very exciting.


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