RDA National Championships 2018

Earlier in July the Group made the long trip to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire for the RDA National Championships. This year we had thirteen riders who had qualified to compete, out of our eighteen regular riders. Boysie (Drunkeen Boy) and Danny were the trusty steeds of the weekend, with Chris and Olivia taking their own Quintus and Uma. Horses, coaches and other volunteers rose to the occasion and the Group secured some brilliant results. Read on to find out more!
Our volunteers always do fantastic work. Here are Helen and Laurie dashing off to their next job!
  • RDA Level 2 - Chloe 12th Junior; Shani 10th Senior (both on Boysie)
  • RDA Level 3 - Eleanor 5th (Boysie)
  • RDA Level 4 - Lizzie 3rd (Danny) and Chris 4th (Quintus)

  • Eleanor 6th (Boysie) and Chris 7th (Quintus)
  • both have qualified for the RDA SEIB Search for a Star final!

Mick George Ltd Bag of Gold winners!

We are delighted to share the news that Cambs College RDA has won the 'Bag of Gold' competition run by Mick George skips. The prize of £1000 will make a huge difference to the Group - it will go a long way towards buying new horses to replace our older equines who will soon have to retire.
Cambs College was just one of over 100 local charities to be nominated, 24 of which were put forward to the public vote. We were announced winners after securing the highest number of votes - thank you so much to everyone who voted for us!

We must also thank Kate Lawrence, whose daughter Kodie is a member of Cambs College RDA. Kate was the driving force behind nominating the Group so we couldn't have done it without her!
Kodie and a very cheerful Danny!
Gillian Newsum, Group Chairman, said, "Our lessons provide riders with many benefits. As well as physical and mental improvements, they gain a sense of achievement, a rapport with horses and they enjoy the company and support of their fellow riders. In many cases our group is the focal point for young, disabled school-leavers who can find it difficult to adjust to life after school. This year, 13 of our riders, out of group of 18 regular participants, have qualified for the RDA National Championships. We also have two riders working at para level, one of whom was selected to represent the East Region at the Para Home International competition in April – a huge achievement and a wonderful experience."

Three riders invited to British Dressage Championship event

We are very excited to announce that three of our riders have been selected for the inaugural RDA Intellectual Disability Dressage Championships in association with British Dressage.

Jodie Williamson, Chloe Soanes, and Chris Bradley have all been invited on the basis of their excellent performances at this year's regional qualifier, where each of them finished in first place in their dressage classes.
Some final checks for Chris and his horse, Quintus
Three levels of tests will be on offer: walk only, walk and trot, and walk/trot/canter; these will be contested by Jodie, Chloe and Chris respectively alongside around 60 other RDA riders from across the country.

It will be the first time that riders with an intellectual disability have been able to compete at this level within British Dressage.

The event will take place on 1 September at Solihull Riding Club and we wish Jodie, Chloe and Chris the very best of luck!