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New and important information from National Office.

Participant and Volunteer Application Forms

We have updated these forms to reflect feedback received and also in anticipation of required changes for new Data Protection legislation coming into effect from early 2018. 
Please start to use these forms as soon as possible for all new volunteers and participants.  There is no need for these forms to be completed retrospectively for existing volunteers and participants, but when information is due to be reviewed, these forms should be completed.
The forms are available on the RDA website at:-
Volunteer Application Forms (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
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Participant Application Forms
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Updates to Health and Safety Policy

Our current H&S Guidelines have been reviewed and updated.  

Please ensure trustees and coaches (as a minimum) are aware and either have access to it via the website, or are given copies, so they can acquaint themselves of the content and ensure the Group continues to work within the required standards.  

The new policy can be found by clicking the link below:

RDA Health and Safety Policy 0617 
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Please remove the old H&S Guidelines from group records and coaches logbooks, and replace with the new policy.

For more information follow the link below.

Safe Guarding Information and News



The Big Ride - Part 1

It was during Princess Anne’s visit to Bedale RDA Group at Catterick, that a plan was made to enable some RDA local riders and supporters to join in the Big Ride RDA UK Fundraising Challenge for RDA’s National Training Centre. So on a sunny Sunday in May two quite different RDA riders set off round Endurance GB’s Brough Park Ride accompanied by RDA Chairman Sam Orde and supporters. Nicole Pink ride organiser put on a ride with quite varied terrain including open fields, twisty paths through woods and quiet lanes.

 Claire Pope became an RDA rider having lost an arm in a traffic accident is also an active RDA coach. Claire brought her own horse to fly round the 15 km course, leading our group of 4 riders, Sam, Anne, Georgina and Claire  at a canter up the first hill.

 Esther Spencer rides with the Bedale RDA Group having suffered a head injury. Esther was delighted to complete 5.5 miles led by RDA coach Sarah Ruddock. With a big smile but very tired legs, Esther said that her horse was star (he was kindly loaned  by Lucie Hawkes).


The Big Ride Part 2

Sam joined volunteers and disabled riders from RDA groups in West Yorkshire for her second Big Ride in the Region. She was joined by disabled riders from the Riverside, Bingley St Ives and Otley and the Dales groups for a 3km ride through St Ives estate and then some of the riders, volunteers and coaches from these groups continued to complete a 10km ride.

 The ride started at the Riverside Group with 8 riders setting off, they called at the Car Park in St Ives where they met Wendy, who then joined the ride. The ride then moved further into the St Ives Estate arriving at the Bingley, St Ives Group premises, where they were joined by 3 St Ives riders. Each of the riders had a leader and side walker so there were now 12 riders and 12 walkers taking part in the ride. At the end of the shorter ride the riders were welcomed back to St Ives Equestrian Centre by the Centre Manager, Sue Smith and were given refreshments by the St Ives RDA volunteers. All the riders were presented with a rosette and certificate to say that they had taken part in the Big Ride 2017.

Sam summed up her visit to West Yorkshire as:

Tracy Lopez-Mereno welcomed us to the idyllic venue of Riverside RDA for the start of a 10 km ride for riders starting at this point. Riverside RDA was represented by Grace Horsely and Otley & the Dales RDA by Kathryn Wheelock, riding her old international para dressage horse. A former horse of much missed Regional Chairman Maggie Tansley now an RDA pony also took part.

We set off riding with two RDA coaches and 3 young RDA volunteers up ancient lanes with beautiful views to Ilkley Moor. Having reached the top of the hill we headed down towards St Ives RDA Group. It was great to see the synergy of these two neighbouring RDA Groups. We first picked up Otley RDA coach Wendy riding her own horse and were then joined by 3 adult riders from St Ives Group and their volunteers. We were by now a happy band of 12 horses and 22 people!

As we rode with St Ives Group for 3 km it was great to learn more about their activities from organiser Barbara Chuter, whose husband has just become Regional Chairman. It was lovely to get a chance to chat to their three riders; Stephen has just returned from the Special Olympics and Ben also volunteers and is helping to train a new RDA pony.

This great ride on wonderful ponies ended with refreshments, rosettes, mascots and smiles!

With the completion of the West Yorkshire Big Ride the statistics were as follows.


Big Ride RDA UK events so far


RDA riders/vaulters/carriage drivers


volunteers & supporters riding/carriage driving


volunteers walking


Big Ride Total km with ponies

1240 km

Distance by volunteers on foot

400 km

Big Ride events to go