Welcome to Cambs College RDA!

Hello and welcome to Cambridgeshire College Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

We hope you enjoy having a browse through our website and learning more about the group.

Please scroll down to find the latest news!

200 Club - First Draw

The first draw of the Cambs College RDA 200 Club has now taken place, with the lucky winners collecting £45 (first prize) and £25 (second prize). The next draw will be in two months’ time, and by then we hope to have well over 100 members so that the first prize can be £50 or more.
Horses,  Bob and Larry keeping an eye on proceedings!
Tell all your friends to join in our club (only £12 for a year); the more members we have the bigger the prizes will be! The lucky numbers this time were drawn by CCR’s chairman, Gillian Newsum, who thanked Seppe Cassettari for all his work in getting the Club set up.

Who will be the next winner?

For more information and a membership form, contact seppe@cassettari.org, or 01223 892390

Donation in memory of Jimmy Page

Mary Page says hello to one of the horses on the yard at the College of West Anglia where the
Cambs College RDA group is based.
Mary and her daughter, Sandra, recently visited our RDA group to watch our riders and horses in action, and to hand over a cheque of £450. The money had been raised for Cambs College RDA from a collection held at the funeral of Mary’s husband, Jimmy, who loved horses. We are enormously grateful for this donation, and we look forward to welcoming Mary and Sandra back again soon.

British Vaulting Championships 2019

Congratulations to our para vaulter, Lizzie Bennett, who competed at the British Equestrian Vaulting (BEV) Championships last weekend at Bishop Burton College. She was representing not only RDA but also Contessa Vaulting Group, where she coaches both able-bodied and para vaulters. She had entered the sole Para class offered at this level: Pre-Novice Canter/Walk.
Freestyle moves demonstrating balance/strength

English Vaulting Championships 2019

On Saturday 14th September Lizzie Bennett represented Contessa Vaulting Group in the English Vaulting Championships at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre, Rugby.

SEIB Search for a Star RDA Showing Championships 2019

We are very proud of Eleanor Currington and Drunkeen Boy (Boysie) who recently won the RDA SEIB Search for a Star final at Addington Manor.
The pair qualified for the final after taking part in the showing competition at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury in July, where they also came 1st in Level 3 Showjumping and 3rd in the Grade 3 Dressage. They even appeared on BBC Countryfile!

International para dressage

CPEDI*
Olivia Cornick rode Ronaldo for her first international competition at the Bishop Burton CPEDI* in August. With an average score of 67.511% across the Individual, Team and Freestyle classes it was a superb performance.

Olivia and Ronaldo have now been selected for the Keysoe CPEDI** in October - we wish them lots of luck!

BEV competition in Wales

British Equestrian Vaulting
Lizzie Bennett travelled to Wales for the Talygarn EC BEV competition at the beginning of August. She was vaulting on a borrowed horse (whom she met for the first time that day) called Celt, owned by Eryri Vaulting Group.

Summer success in dressage

Although the Group does not meet to ride over the summer, there have nonetheless been some competitive successes!

British Dressage
Eleanor Currington rode Drunkeen Boy (Boysie) in the Bronze Grade 3 Para class at Essendon and Epping Forest Dressage Group (EEFDG) in August. Eleanor won the class with a fantastic score of 71.11%.

Fantastic fundraising by Sharon!

Congratulations and many thanks to our wonderful volunteer, Sharon Butler, who has raised a phenomenal £910 for the Group! Here's how...

"Most of you that know me have never seen me with short hair! I love my long hair, but I have decided to help two charities by getting it cut off!

British Dressage & RDA Intellectual Disability Championships

The Group is very proud to have had three of its riders invited to the BD RDA Intellectual Disability Dressage Championships - one in each class! They were:
  • Jodie Williamson (Walk)
  • Emily Lodge (Walk and Trot) 
  • Chris Bradley (Walk, Trot and Canter

National Championships 2019

Well done to all our riders who competed at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury (July 12 -14).  We had 11 riders there this year (it should have been 12 but poor Chloe dislocated her shoulder the day before the competition started), and they all put in good performances.  We ended up with three National Champions (Olivia and Eleanor in dressage and Lizzie in vaulting), a heap impressive placings and, most important, we all had a good time.

RDA High Performance Coach of the Year

We are very excited to announce that Gillian Newsum - who is one of our coaches and also our Group Chairman - has been recognised by RDA National for her fantastic work by being awarded the title of RDA National High Performance Coach of the Year.

Gillian not only runs the entire Group but also coaches riders each week, prepares them in dressage and showjumping, hosts fundraising events, and takes horses and riders to events across the country including the RDA National Championships, Para Dressage training camps, and the Para Dressage Home International Championships.