Web Welcome

September 2018

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 to assist with rides and to cover administrative needs. Please get in touch if you can help with either of these roles (or both).

We have had a busy Spring Season with plenty of Training. Our grateful thanks to Sue Mack, Sue Adams- Wheeler and Lynne Munro for travelling from England to do this for us. We have also had our usual Competitions with Show Jumping at Laurel View in March followed by our Dressage, Countryside Challenge and Arts&Crafts qualifiers at Danescroft in May. Thank you to all the Judges, Stewards, Volunteers, Organisers, Photographers, Venue Owners and of course our wonderful horses and ponies who make these days possible and fun for our participants.

Our Fun Day at Laurel View in June was a great success. 10 Participants from 6 Groups took part and everyone enjoyed themselves…. the taster sessions at carriage driving were particularly popular.

The Northern Ireland Team of 10 riders from Omagh and Laurel View competed successfully at the National Championships at Hartpury College, recording a string of successes and rosettes despite some being on borrowed horses. Well done all and thank you to all the Coaches, Volunteers, parents and other supporters.

Behind the scenes, there has been a great deal of work going on to prepare for the introduction of the new Coaching Pathway in the Autumn. The Coaching Team from RDA UK have travelled over during the summer to deliver training for our County Coaches and Training Advisers. Thank you everyone for contributing your time and energy to this, especially Caroline Twemlow, our Regional Coach, who has worked tirelessly to co-ordinate everything. Originally she was planning to retire this September but with so many changes at senior level planned she has agreed to remain in post until Christmas when she will hand over to Toni Alouane. Thank you Caroline for everything that you do.

There will be some changes to the Regional Committee and Reviewing team this autumn, please see the next edition of our Magazine for an update. Thank you to Belinda Millar who has taken over as Lead Signatory with Access NI from Jean Clarke who continues as County Chairman for Antrim. Claire Walker is also stepping down from organising the Regional Qualifier after many years but has agreed to remain as a County Coach for the time being. Daphne Monteleone is retiring as County Chairman for South Down- she will be much missed by her groups and the Regional Committee. Her replacement will be Rose de Courcy-Wheeler from Newry Group, welcome to the team and thank you for accepting the role. There will also some new Development Coaches appointed to help with delivering the new Coaching Pathway across the region in the Autumn. We also have a new Regional Vet appointed- Sean Rooney from Rathfriland. Thank you Sean, we look forward to availing of your advice and expertise.

The Regional Qualifier will be held at Laurel View Equestrian Centre in 2019, the objective being that more riders will have the opportunity to participate. Norma Wylie will take over the organisation of the competition from Claire Walker who remains as Dressage Co-ordinator. The Training Team will provide training opportunities for riders in all disciplines during the year.

All these changes are exciting for all involved with RDA Northern Ireland and show what an active and busy region we are. If you would like to get involved in any way, please contact us or check out your local group and contact them directly to see how you could help!

Good luck to everyone with the new term.

Julie Frazer

Regional Chairperson