RDA Northern Ireland

RDA Northern Ireland

RDA Northern Ireland


Welcome to our RDA Northern Ireland Region Website, I hope you find it a useful resource and can find the information you are looking for- if not don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or email for assistance.

We had a busy Autumn Session with lots of Training going on. This included Vaulting Training at Laurel View, Grass Roots Coach Training at Longstone, Proficiency Test Examiner Training at Omagh and Antrim and Equine Welfare Training at Coleraine. Many thanks to our Trainers, both visiting and local, and to the Groups for hosting us. I should also thank our hard working County Coaches and Training Advisers who have been busy running log book training sessions for our Coaches.

Looking to the future, our Regional Show Jumping Competition took place at Laurel View on Wednesday 5th April. This proved an excellent venue last year- many thanks to Robert and Linda Davis and their staff for all the help and support they provide during the year and for hosting us again in 2017. The Regional Dressage Qualifier returns to Danescroft on Wednesday 17th May along with the Countryside Challenge and the Arts and Crafts Competitions. We are also hoping to include the Carriage Drivers from Ballyward in this event for the first time.

RDANI will be taking part in RDAUK’s fundraising efforts for the new RDA Training Centre in August. Sam Orde, RDA Chairperson, is completing an endurance ride in each of the RDA regions and she will be here on the 20th August to complete the NI leg at Shane’s Castle. We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas about how to help make this day the best regional leg of her ride! Further details can be found in the “Current News” section of this website or in the April edition of the RDANI magazine.

I am hoping to organise some more Equine Welfare Training days in the Spring and First Aid Training is also in the pipeline. I am also aware that many Groups who completed their Charity Commission Registration last year will have to do a report this year and I am happy to set up a workshop to assist with this if required. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

I would like to welcome four new Regional Committee members. They are Rosemary Spalding who becomes Regional Secretary, Celia McMorran who has become County Chairman for North East Down, Austen Burns who takes over from Alan Ashe as Participants Representative and Angela Sly who takes over from Fiona Harris as RDA National Representative. I look forward to working with you all and thank you so much for giving up your time to serve the Region. We are still looking for a Group Representative and a County Chairman for Londonderry- all suggestions or expressions of interest welcome.

It is always wonderful when the work of RDA and all our brilliant Volunteers receives recognition from outside agencies, and in this respect the New Year’s Honours List did not disappoint with a very well deserved MBE for Avril Nicholl, long term Coach and Organiser at Ballyclare Group and a British Empire Medal for Albert Clyde, hard working secretary and administrator at Coleraine Group. Congratulations to them both.

RDA are always on the lookout for more Volunteers and several groups have said they would welcome someone with administrative skills to assist with paperwork even if they have no desire to participate in the rides. Please get in touch if you might be able to help in this way, we would love to hear from you. I would also be very interested to hear from potential Sponsors, especially for the riders who qualify to compete at the National Championships at Hartpury, the largest para riding event in the country. If you think you could help in any way, please get in touch!

Best Wishes and Happy Riding/Driving

Julie Frazer

Regional Chairman