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!

Cambs College on film!

Great excitement for our group recently when a film crew working with RDA head office came to film some of our riders in action.  RDA is making a documentary, and has been visiting various groups around the country to take footage and do interviews.  Our photo shows Abdallah getting ready for his interview....  he did well!  Lucy, Jodie, Abdullah and Rebecca all came to ride and be filmed by the crew, and a lot of fun was had posing for photos, being filmed in the arena and making sure everyone smiled for the cameras!  The documentary should be out at the end of March.


200 Club Draw

We have just held our third 200 Club draw for 2021. Congratulations to our two winners, who have been contacted by email, for winning prizes of £50 and £30.

If you'd like the chance to win some money, do join our 200 Club.  It only costs £15 for a year, and you might win a lot more than put in!  To join, please contact seppe@cassettari.org

Our photo shows one our riders, Lucy, making the draw.

200 Club Draw

The Cambridge College RDA held its fifth 200 Club draw yesterday. If you were a winner you will already have received an email letting you know, so for those who haven't won, better luck next time.

We had 104 members for this draw, so the prizes were £50 and £30. The amount contributed to RDA funds was £128.

Thank you for your support and fingers crossed for the next and final draw of this year on the 3rd December. 

If you would like to join our 200 Club and support the Cambs College RDA, please fill out the contact form on the left and we will pass on your details to the organiser.

Covid-19 restrictions

We have managed to resume our regular Thursday RDA classes at the College of West Anglia, but we are currently operating with restricted numbers of riders (two per lesson) in order to maintain social distancing in our gallery. Riders are currently on a fortnightly rota and absolutely loving being able to see a few friends, chat to the volunteers and, most importantly, bond with the horses again. 
We hope to continue with, and perhaps increase, this level in the near future, but we are just keeping an eye on the many changes to the government restrictions.

Eleanor at the Para Summer Festival

Eleanor Currington recently competed at the Para Summer Festival at Solihull where she won her section (Grade III silver) with a score of 71.4% - her best score so far in a para competition.  
Well done Eleanor! And well done Boysie (Drunkeen Boy), our wonderful RDA horse who has stepped up to the plate thanks to hard work from Eleanor and extra training from Trisha Polson.

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

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%.