RDA Northern Ireland

RDA Northern Ireland

RDA Northern Ireland


RDA is embarking on an exciting project to create an RDA National Training Centre for the benefit all of our RDA regions. The fundraising target is to raise £1 million and over £200,000 has already been donated!

RDA Chairman, Sam Orde, is currently undertaking a fundraising challenge involving every RDA region to raise funds for RDA and promote this project. The ‘Big Ride RDA UK’ kicked off in April with Sam planning a long distance ride in each of the 18 regions accompanied by others, including by riders or carriage drivers with disabilities for part of each ride.

The NI region’s Big Ride will take place on Saturday 20th August at Shane’s Castle and the planning has already started! We are hoping for as many of our riders, drivers, supporters and volunteers to get involved as possible and while not all of us will be able to be on horseback, there are plans afoot for a sponsored walk on foot and maybe even a celebratory picnic at the end! Please register your interest by emailing rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk

We are one of only two regions accompanying Sam with carriages, demonstrating the diversity of the skills riders and drivers can develop through membership of the RDA. Sam says, “I have met some great people doing this project and the participants’ stories have been wonderful.”

For more information on the event, email orde@btconnect.com and for further details on how you can get involved or support RDANI’s event at Shane’s Castle, please contact rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk If you would like to donate to the campaign please visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/samorde


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.

Our Regional Show Jumping Competition took place at Laurel View on Wednesday 5th April. This proved an excellent venueonce again- 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 returned to Danescroft on Wednesday 17th May along with the Countryside Challenge and the Arts and Crafts Competitions. The standard across the board was exceptionally high and we are delighted that 8 riders qualified to compete in the Dressage and another 8 in the Countryside Challenge competitions at Hartpury, Glouchester in July. Good luck to Team NI!

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 some of our riders and drivers to come along and complete either the 15km route with Sam or a shorter version in the same stunning venue. We are also excited to invite all of our riders, drivers, volunteers, friends, families and supporters to take part in a sponsored walk on the day too. If you would like to participate in any of the above, entry forms are available from rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk and the deadline is the 1st August 2017. We would love to see as many of you as possible attend this one-off RDA national event, which will raise funds for the Training Centre and your local group. It’s sure to be a fantastic day out and a great excuse for the wider RDA family to get together- don’t miss it!

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