Yorkshire and Cleveland

Region RDA

Group News

Take a look at what our Groups have been up to recently.


Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President, Riding for the Disabled Association visited the RDA Unicorn Centre. She attended to officially open the Paul Conway Room, which houses the Centre’s newest horse, a Horse Riding Simulator called Blackberry. 

 This is the result of four years of fund raising to raise the £65,000 to buy the simulator and construct the room, situated in the stable yard alongside the indoor arena with access to the mounting hoist.

 Her Royal Highness watched ridden and lead displays by participants and Supported Volunteers in the indoor arena and handed out rosettes. She also presented participant Rebecca Aston with the Centre’s Inspirational Rider Award.

 After watching a display on Blackberry by Olivia Fairclough and meeting some of Centre’s diploma learners and horses Duke and Alby, Her Royal Highness met donors of funds for the project, long-term riders and volunteers and Friends of the Unicorn Centre, before departing with a bouquet presented by Helen Bristow, escorted by 3 year old Joshua Pitt.

 Centre Manager Claire Pitt said, “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness was able to visit the Centre again, see Blackberry in action and meet the people who are so important to the Centre. We’re sure that Blackberry will become a valuable part of our service, and the best part is, we don’t have to feed him or groom him!

 She continued, “We have already set up a special introductory offer to allow riders to try out Blackberry and experience the benefits. Details can be found on our website.”

March 2020


HRH Princess Royal visited  Haworth RDA on 25th February to commemorate the opening of memory garden and to celebrate our 2 Special Olympian riders and to give commemorative rosettes to our riders. The event went very well. Our special Olympians riding display was brilliant despite a slightly spooky pony. Her royal highness thought the memory garden was a wonderful idea and , as I’m sure you can imagine, everyone was delighted to be part of this special event.

Our memory garden is for our beloved lost horses,  pets, staff member, volunteers and riders over the past 19 years.

 March 2020


One Saturday in October the riders at Riverside celebrated the RDA's 50th Birthday with a gold 50 themed ride. 

The riders carried out various school movement over a giant 5 made of poles and a 0 made of cones. 

Great fun was had by all and every rider received a Gold Award Certificate and a gold 50th Birthday Rosette.

Oct 2019