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.
RDANI is always looking out for new Volunteers, both at Group Level to help out with Rides and Admin and also at Regional Level. ARE YOU RECENTLY RETIRED WITH GOOD ADMIN SKILLS ? We are in need of a Regional Secretary to help out with paperwork and also a Lead Signatory to oversee our Access NI Applications. Both roles can be undertaken from home via computer and would require very little travelling or need to visit groups. Also required are people preferably with book keeping/spreadsheet experience to fulfil treasurer roles within groups. If you are interested please get in touch with me.
Our regular riding sessions will be recommencing shortly after the summer break when most (but not all) Groups have a well earned rest. Fort and Ballyward Driving carry on through the summer so well done to them and also to Lurgan who ran an excellent Summer Scheme this year.
Recently we have had Ballyward Group Open Day on Saturday September 3rd: thank you to Joanne Orr and her team for all their hard work. The following weekend Downpatrick Group will be taking part in the St Patrick’s Coast Endurance Ride, thank you to Claire Walker for organising and all the volunteers who make this possible.
Planned Training coming up includes Grass Roots Coaches Training by Sue Adams Wheeler and Lynne Munro at Longstone Group on Monday 14th November. Thank you to Ruth Parker from National Office for organising this for us…. Hopefully as many of our 80+ Coaches in the Province as possible will be able to attend this important day.
Also coming up will be Proficiency Test Examiners training, 2 sessions in different areas so that everyone who needs to will hopefully be able to attend. Also Log Book Training for Coaches and Volunteer Training days in the pipeline.
RDANI had a terrific trip to the National Championships at Hartpury in July, no fewer than 13 Riders from Northern Ireland took part in many different classes ranging from Level 4 Show Jumping to Dressage (normal and freestyle to music) Countryside Challenge and the Art Competition. Rosettes and Trophies were won in all sections and disciplines despite most riding borrowed horses….well done to all, you did us proud. However this is an expensive outing and we would welcome a sponsor/s to help out next year.
We also had a lovely day at Dublin Horse Show in July with Downpatrick Rider Kevin Murphy representing Northern Ireland and six riders enjoyed a great day out at Castle Leslie organised by Julie Jordan.
Thank you also to the BHS and Susan Spratt for allowing us to share their stand at Balmoral Show in May. This was a useful promotional exercise for us and has prompted me to think about organising some new promotional material and handouts for us which will be available for Group Fundraising as well.
Thank you to all the many people who helped out with our Conference, I hope all those who attended enjoyed the day and derived some benefit. We certainly had fun meeting up with the RDAI folk, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Cork to take part.
Finally thank you to Katie Uprichard and Austen Burns for continuing to manage the website for us.
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Best Wishes and Happy Riding/Driving