Ballyward Open Evening – 02 September 2014

Tomorrow night Ballyward Drving Group are celebrating two years of success! There will be a demonstration of their skills and a BBQ so please contact Joanne Orr or Julie Jordan if you would like to attend.

RDANI Magazine needs new Editor – 02 September 2014

If anyone would be interested in the role of editing the RDANI magazine please contact Julie Jordan at The magazine is published twice a year and is consistently praised by National Office. 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!

Parachuting Pair raise funds! – 21 July 2014

Two of Enniskillen’s volunteers, Shirley Scott (the Group’s oldest member who, in her own words, received her bus pass over a decade ago) and Barbara Lunny (associated with the Group for over 13 years and is one of the instructors) did a parachute jump on Sunday to raise funds for their group! This is an exceptionally brave way to show your commitment to RDA! If you would prefer to remain on the ground while contributing, any sponsorship cheques can be sent to the Group Treasurer at the address below:

Mrs Patricia Fawcett



Co Fermanagh

BT74 4FH

Summer Days Out – 16 July 2014

The Region’s two summer days out to Castle Leslie and Laurelview were a wonderful success and thoroughly enjoyed by all of the riders and volunteers who took part! The photos from Laurelview can be found on Henry Doggart’s website, via the link on our homepage.

GOOD LUCK!! – 16 July 2014

The Region would like to wish competitors from NI luck at the National Championships this weekend! Please take lots of photos and contact Katie Uprichard when you get home to share your successes!

The same goes fro Banbridge and Moira group who are representing the Region at the RDA for the Dublin Show in August!

Good luck to you all- have a great time!

More opportunities for our Riders and Drivers – 08 May 2014

The Region held its first Endurance and Showjumping events this Spring. Both were a huge success and it is hoped that they will go from strength to strength in the coming years. If your group would be interested in taking up either of these new disciplines please contact Claire Walker as your Group will need to fill in a form first! All groups already involved had two wonderful days out that your riders could be enjoying this time next year!

If neither of those is an option, why not enter into next year’s Arts and Crafts competition. This year exhibits were brought or delivered to the regional dressage championships where local artist, Carol McEvoy, judged the talent. There was plenty of it and several of this years entries will be off to Hartpury to compete nationally! Your rider/driver does not need to attend so it can be a wonderful way for those who cannot travel to particpate nationally!

Grainne gets President’s Award – 13 March 2014

We are thrilled that long-serving volunteer, Grainne Shillington, is being recognised for all of her hard work. Grainne helps with two groups- Lisburn and Mourne & District- and is also the New Group Liason Officer. Her help and support in helping set up Ballyward Carriage Driving Group was invaluable to the team there and RDANI would like to thank her for all of her hard work and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement!

An exciting 2014! – 22 January 2014

Please have a look at our events calendar and documents sections as details of this year’s competitions and qualifiers can all be found there. Good luck to all our riders in this busy term!

Volunteer Now Roadshows – 18 October 2013

By now you should have received an email about these roadshows. We attended one last year and had a great response and many new volunteers signed up. Many groups are struggling for volunteers at the moment and even those who aren’t could always do with a couple more! I would really encouarge you to contact Aidan McCabe on 9023 6100 for details of your nearest roadshow and see if you can attend.

Lagan Valley Island Centre event 2/11/13 – 18 October 2013

The South Eastern HSC are holding an event in the Island Centre in Lisburn to allow disabled people from the area to see what sporting opportunities exist for them. RDA will have a stand and we would like it to be “staffed” by local volunteers. If anyone is interested, please contact Julie Jordan.

Coleraine Horse Care Courses – 18 October 2013

Coleraine Group are holding several Horse Care courses which may be of interest. Please contact them directly for details.

Northern Ireland’s RDA Dressage – 08 October 2013

Did you know that our annual Dressage qualifier at Danescroft is one of the biggest in the UK? Hands up who wants to be part of it this year?!

RDA Golf Competition – 26 September 2013

Taking place on 19th September 2014 at Royal Belfast, places for this event are limited. Get in touch with Julie Jordan ASAP to book your place. There will be a dinner for non-golfers afterwards but be sure to book your place for that too. We need sponsors for this event- please let us know if there is anyone you can think of who would like to sponsor a hole or a part of the evening. See you then!

Balmoral Expenses – 26 September 2013

Not all of the Groups who travelled to Balmoral have claimed their expenses. Please get in touch with Carol Murphy ASAP to get your money back. Groups may not know that the region can partially fund trips to Balmoral etc. If that was what was putting you off, think about coming along this year with the help of the region.

RDA Dressage – 26 September 2013

We need more Dressage Judges for our annual regional qualifier at Danesscroft in May 2014. If you, or someone you know, would be interested, please contact Claire Walker on 07872 835448.

Regional Holiday – 26 September 2013

Unfortunately after some issues at this year’s holiday, it has been decided that there will not be one in 2014 in Northern Ireland. We will be replacing it with two fun-filled days out though so keep an eye out for further details of those! There are RDA holidays throughout the UK and financial help can be provided if required. Please visit the RDA National website at for further details.

Endurance Riding – 26 September 2013

In addition to showjumping, RDA groups can now apply for approval to become endurance riding groups. The shortest distance to be covered is 1km- a distance you would cover during one ride around the sand school! No training is required, however you must apply to Marissa at National Office for a form to extend your insurance. For further information contact her on 0845 658 1082.

Regional Physiotherapist – 26 September 2013

We are on the hunt for a Regional Physiotherapist. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in hearing more about how you could get involved, please contact Julie Jordan on 028 3832 2292.

Governance Roadshow – 26 September 2013

The Governance Roadshow will be held in Lagan Vallley Island Centre on 20th November 2013. It is mandatory that each group send at least 4 people, two of whom must be trustees. It is going to be an interesting night, with the Chief Executive Ed Bracher visiting from England and talks relating to accounts, publicity and pony welfare, among other topics. Please RSVP to our Publicity Officer at by 1st November with the names and numbers of those coming from your group.