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.
RDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HARTBURY - 12-14 JULY 2019
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.”
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!
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.