Our Indian summer has arrived providing perfect conditions for all of our groups preparing to start back after the summer break. The Regional team has been busy throughout the summer organising fundraising, training and riding activities Fingers crossed for sun on September 19th when we hold our fundraising golf competition at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. The time sheet has been full since May and we have been delighted by the response from all of our sponsors. Vice President Dr Willlie John McBride MBE will present the prizes to the lucky winners. There are still a few spaces left at the evening dinner. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to attend the dinner or help out on the day.
This term we are training! Seven of our top coaches are in for the RDAC exam. This is the first time candidates from NI have applied for this exam which moves the emphasis from instructing to coaching our riders. We wish them well for November!
All RDA instructors have to undergo safeguarding training before December 31st. Sessions are organised for the Templeton Hotel on Wednesday 15th October and The Meadows Equestrian Centre on Wednesday 16th. Make sure that you book your slot!
The autumn edition of RDA News is due out in October. Groups are reminded to send in articles by 30 September to Katie or Rebecca. If you would like a copy please do contact us. We are also looking for a new Editor. The magazine is published twice a year and is consistently praised by National Office for its quality and content. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to help out without the requirement to attend weekly sessions or go near a horse! It would look great on a CV of someone who is trying to get into Journalism, PR, Publicity or the Charity sector. Please get in touch to find out more! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteers of all kinds are always needed At RDA. If you have a couple of hours free each week, we would love to hear from you. Some horse knowledge is great but not entirely necessary as full training will be given. Individuals just need to be willing and very reliable! It would be wonderful to see some new faces as we begin another busy RDA year!
Julie Jordan MBE
Regional Chairman RDA NI
RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher, HRH the Princess Royal, RDANI Regional Chairperson Julie Jordan MBE and RDA Chairperson Sam Orde at the Northern Ireland Regional Conference in March 2013.