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Web Welcome

October 2017

 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). Several Groups have been busy over the summer with the refurbishment of their centers as well as continuing to deliver riding and driving sessions where possible. A new innovation for Northern Ireland is the successful introduction of Vaulting by Lurgan Group which has proved to be of great benefit to their riders. Many congratulations to them all for making this happen

RDANI had a terrific trip to the National Championships at Hartpury in July, 11 Riders from Northern Ireland took part in many different classes ranging from Level 3 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 some 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.

Other activities over the summer included a day out at Castle Leslie, the Big Ride at Shane’s Castle, St Patrick’s Coast Endurance Ride and Ballyward Group’s open day. Thank you to all the Venue Owners, Organisers, Volunteers Participants and of course our wonderful horses and ponies without whom none of this would be possible.

We have training planned for the Autumn as follows…

Thursday 19th October @ 1.30pm Governance with Claire Millican at The Meadows.

Friday 20th October @ 10.00am Safeguarding with Claire Millican at Laurel View

Friday 3rd November @ 6.30pm  Show Jumping Training with Mike Butcher at Laurel View

Saturday 4th November @10am Coleraine and 2.30 pm Omagh Show Jumping with Save & Exit Mike Butcher.

To be arranged….Equine Welfare Training and Volunteer Training.

Best Wishes and Happy Riding/Driving

Julie Frazer

Regional Chairman