On Monday, 4 July 2022, we held the awards ceremony for our young riders. All riders had made excellent progress and received medals and Endeavour Awards. Sophia and Amelia were also presented with their Grade 1 Horse Care certificates by Vikki and Jo from Willowsway, our new riding venue. Congratulations to all of them.
Carriage driving again!
We had beautiful weather for Thursday morning’s carriage driving 🌞 RDA pony Monty, driver Ben, and driving coach Jenny looking a great team. You can just see the cones course they had driven in the background ☺️
Carriage driving training
Our RDA carriage driving helpers braved the rain to have a ‘clamping and wheelchair loading’ training session. The Westmorland RDA carriage has an incredibly clever design where the back of the carriage folds out into a ramp allowing someone using a wheelchair to be loaded into carriage and their wheelchair clamped in position. Thank you to Driving Coach Jenny for a fun and informative refresher training session
Westmorland RDA is looking for new Group Organiser.
You will be a proactive and valuable team member with IT skills. You will manage enquiries for the Group, circulate updates among the officers and helpers and keep a close eye on records and paperwork. There will also be the need to attend quarterly evening committee meetings and our AGM.
The current Group Organiser is retiring at our AGM in October 2022 and we are seeking a successor to start as soon as possible, so that there is a good handover period.
Whilst this is a crucial role in the operation of the Group, we do pride ourselves in working as a very close team, and so you would be fully supported throughout.
This is a voluntary role, but of pocket expenses are paid.
We look forward to hearing from you!!
We are delighted to have started with our Monday afternoon rides at Willowsway. There are happy faces all round.
On Monday, 9 May, our young riders were introduced to their new ponies at Willowsway.
Goodbye to Holmescales, hello to WillowswayHolmescales
Westmorland RDA had been riding at Holmescales Riding Centre since 1983, but on Monday, 6 December2021 we held our last ride there and bid a fond farewell. The owners had decided to change the venue to livery only. We thanked them for being such generous hosts over the years and presented them with a hamper to show our appreciation.
On Monday, 25 April 2022, we held our first volunteer training session at our new home, Willowsway Riding School, Stud and Rehabilitation Centre at Stainton near Kendal and were able to meet three of our new ponies: KitKat, Blue and little Bruno. We are looking forward to welcoming our young riders in the near future.
We were also able to be presented with the RDA Northern Region Challenge Trophy, which had been presented virtually at our AGM in November 2021 (see below).
Trophy for RDA Westmorland Group
At our AGM in November 2021, Westmorland Group was surprised and delighted to be presented (virtually) with the RDA Northern Region Challenge Trophy. Ann Harrison, RDA Northern Region County Chair writes:
"I nominated Westmorland Group for the award in recognition of the extra lengths you all went to during the Covid lockdowns to keep in touch with your volunteers and riders with your competitions, quizzes and zoom meetings. You all went the extra mile to keep your contacts, stop the isolation from RDA and keep the RDA spirit alive and well in the most difficult of circumstances. It has been a difficult time for all of us, personally, professionally and as volunteers, so for your Group to step up and keep your RDA ‘family’ connected throughout was a really special commitment and was truly heartwarming. Regional committee agreed that the award was very well deserved, and congratulate you again for your achievements."
On Monday, 6 December, we held the last ride of the year at Holmescales. After games and races the children were presented with their Endeavour Awards and given Christmas presents. There were smiling faces all round.
Christmas Tree Festival
We were delighted when the charity Christmas Tree Festival in Kendal Parish Church resumed in December 2021, having taken a year off in 2020 because of covid restrictions. Our Westmorland Group Riding for the Disabled Christmas tree sported decorations hand-made by our young riders and volunteer helpers. The Festival was well attended throughout the month and £133.39 was raised for the Group in donations from generous visitors.
Royal visitor to the Westmorland Show
Well, what a wonderful two days at the Westmorland County Show this year. The sun shone, friends and well-wishers visited our stand, our own Jenny Harris was interviewed live for BBC Radio Cumbria and we were honoured with a visit by the President of Riding for the Disabled, HRH Princess Anne.
Westmorland Group RDA Lottery
We are very excited to announce that Westmorland RDA now has its own charity lottery, powered by One Lottery. This is a weekly draw where there is a chance to win a top prize of £25,000 – our first draw will be held on Saturday 11th September 2021
Tickets are just £1, and 50p of every ticket purchased is received by the Group to help fund our riding and driving activities. Hopefully, this will help us as a Group to have a small, but regular, income.
You can sign up for the weekly draw by following this link – onelottery.co.uk
Support Westmorland RDA when you shop:
- Easy Fundraising – Simply go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and register, choosing
Westmorland RDA as your charity, and then shop as normal. There are over 4700 retailers
who will donate to us each time you shop with them.
- Amazon Smile – Shop for all your usual Amazon items, and Amazon will donate 0.5%
to our group. Go to smile.amazon.co.ukand select ‘Riding For The Disabled Association
Westmorland Group Limited’ as your chosen charity.
Join our new charity lottery!
- Tickets only cost £1 per week and you can win prizes of up to £25,000!
- We get 50% of all our ticket sales
- It only takes a minute to join – either go to onelottery.co.uk and search for RDA
Westmorland, or call 01865 678679 to register.
Support doesn’t just have to be financial – you can support us by following our Facebook page
to see what’s going on. Just search for @WestmorlandRDA.