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RDANI 2016 Regional Championships


Class 1a

Katie Ann Goldrick (Omagh)

David Martin (Lisburn)

Darren McParland (Lisburn)

Daniel Boyce (Lisburn)

Class 2b

Talia McDowell (Laurelview)

Diane White (Banbridge & Moira)

Class 3a

Corrado Mullan (Laurelview)

Sam Mullan (Laurelview)

Class 3b

Jill Connery (Banbridge & Moira)

Class 8b

Naomi Elkins (Omagh)

Class 10a

Rachel Robinson (Omagh)

Class 10b

Geoff Robinson (Omagh)

Joanne Gibson (Newtownards)

Talia McDowell (Laurelview)

Class 11a

Grace McSorley (Omagh)

Naomi Connell (Omagh)

Class 12a

Naomi Connell (Omagh)

Grace McSorley (Omagh)

Class 12b

Lucinda Blackiston Houston (Omagh)

Naomi Elkin (Omagh)

Class 14b

Simon Wylie (Laurelview)

Stephen Yetman (Coleraine)

Class 15b

Tobin Greer (Coleraine)

James Christine (Coleraine)

Countryside Challenge


Corrado Mullan   (Laurelview)

Sam Mullan (Laurelview)

David Martin  (Lisburn)

Darren McParland (Lisburn)

Daniel Boyce (Lisburn)


Jodie Henley (Newtownards)

Diane White (Banbridge & Moira)

Jill Connery (Banbridge & Moira)


Katie Ann McGoldrick (Omagh)


Alice Sharkey (Newtownards)


Stephen Yetman (Coleraine)

Bobby McAllister (Newtownards)

Tobin Greer  (Coleraine)

James Christie (Coleraine)

Highest Junior Outdoor Score: Katie Ann McGoldrick

Highest Senior Outdoor Score: Talia McDowell

Highest Junior Indoor Score: Grace McSorley

Highest Senior Indoor Score: Geoff Bartholomew

Highest Junior Countryside Challenge Score: Corrado Mullan

Highest Senior Countryside Challenge Score:  Josie Henley

Arts and Crafts Competition

1st Grace Daley (Newtownards)

2nd Paul Turner (Mid Antrim)

3rd Ashkan Solemani-Noori (Lurgan)

RDA National Championships 2015

Driving DVD Class 60

Gemma 1st 92%

Michelle 2nd 91%

Jill & Shannon = 4th 90%

Arts & Crafts

Class 66

Omagh Carla Priestly 6th

Class 67

Omagh  Group Banner 1st

Combined Training

Cian (omagh) 124 (2nd after Dressage) & Show Jumping 79 (1st) 2nd overall.

Bobby (Newtownards) Class 82 (CC) 79.75% 1st = Class 81 69.68 2nd

Grace Daly (Newtownards) Class 81 (CC) 68 Class 84 67.9% 4th Overall


Gavin Class 36 103 (5th) and 41 (only junior) 1st

Louise (Coleraine) Class 10 128 2nd .      Class 17 67.5% =1st CC 1st

Austen (Newtownards) Class 34 5th 115 Class 39 (Freestyle) 142 1st & Class Champion.

Beth (Omagh) Class 36 5th 71.2%

Grace Class 74 4th 61.1% Class 79 65.5% 2nd

Tobin (Coleraine) Class 75 71.1% 6th

Show Jumping Level 2

Cian 1st

Bobby unplaced (2 stops)

Show Jumping Level 3

Grace 2nd (Junior)

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RDA Show Jumping Championships

For the Riding for the Disabled Association, show jumping remains a relatively new discipline in Northern Ireland. However, we now have plenty of groups who are qualified to compete at the Regional Championships in the hope of qualifying for the Nationals at Hartpury 2015.

All horses and riders were beautifully turned out and a credit to their groups. The day was fine and dry with no wind. Judges Hilary Jones and Fiona Young, together with Violet Jackson and Jane Waugh as Scribes, had the task of deciding who would represent the region and we are most grateful to them.

Banbridge and Moira Group provided delicious soup and tray bakes for everyone, as well as providing a well-earned lunch for the officials. They did a brilliant job and raised funds for their group in the process!

Thanks to stewards Rosemary Spalding, Gloria Reynolds, Barbara Hanna, Catherine Maybin , Hilary Idzikowska and Kay Walker and to George Stewart and Breda Finn for lending us the facilities at Danescroft and for all their help and co-operation on the day. Finally, thanks to Claire Walker for all her hard work organising everything so well.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”The results were:-” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”green”][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]

Level 1

  • Jenny Moore (Newtownards)
  • Joint second were Grace Daly and Jill Connery,
  •  4th place Diane White

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Level 2 Junior led

  • Cian Arthur on Dash (Omagh

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Junior Unled

  • Grace McSorley on  William (Omagh)
  • Gavin Forsythe on William

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Senior Unled

  • Bobby McAllister (Newtownards) on Robbie
  • Tobin Greer (Coleraine) on Peg

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Level 3 Junior

  • Grace McSorley (Omagh) on William

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  • Naomi Elkin (Omagh) on William
  • Tobin Greer (Coleraine) on Peg
  • Bobby McAllister (Newtownards) on Robbie

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Naomi and Tobin qualified for Hartpury as the top two in the class.

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Background information on the Riding for the Disabled

The Northern Ireland Region of the Riding for the Disabled Association currently has 28 groups, 1000 volunteers and 1000 riders and drivers. By working directly with 18 care centres and 40 schools, along with individuals, the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) seeks to help those who will benefit most from the therapy achieved through horse riding while encouraging riders to reach their full potential and compete at the top level.
The advantages of horse riding come in many forms ranging from building muscle tone to encouraging self confidence and improving balance. For children and adults withlearning disabilities and mobility problems the RDA provides access to one of the very few outdoor activities available for the disabled community.
At the moment the RDA are keen to recruit new volunteers who would be able to give up some time to help with weekly sessions, or horse owners who would be willing to loan their horse/pony for these riding lessons.
If you would be interested in hearing more about this occasion or about your local groups experiences, require images or more background information please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Feel Free to Contact Me” title_align=”separator_align_center” color=”green” style=”double”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]Katie Uprichard

Publicity Officer


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Regional Chairman