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23 February 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

It’s ok, the week isn’t running away with you, I’m writing a day early following the briefing from the UK Government yesterday and to let you know about our plans for the coming 5 weeks. Please note that groups will also be hearing from me today with the same news.

 

UK Government announcement

The announcement from Boris Johnson yesterday gives a clear commitment to the easing of restrictions, with two key dates of interest to RDA.

From 8 March, schools will be reopening in England. While this does not relate to RDA activity specifically, groups in England who are already signed off to restart might choose to take this opportunity to open using the exemption for outdoor organised disability sport, if they have not already done so. The details of this can be found on MyRDA at www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/getting-started-after-lockdown/rules-for-england/

29 March signals a return to outdoor organised sport in England. Where this is formally organised, for example through RDA, these will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies. For us, this is a maximum limit of 30 people.

From this date or soon after we would hope that all signed off groups in England will choose to reopen in some form, and that other groups will actively prepare to do so.

Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

From last Monday, some school years returned in Scotland and Wales but the restrictions around other aspects of life, including impact on RDA sessions, has not currently changed since the beginning of the year.

An announcement today from Nicola Sturgeon sets out a plan for more school years to return from 15 March at the earliest, with a possibility of opening up non-contact outdoor sport for u18s, the stay at home restriction to be lifted from 5 April alongside the final phase of school reopening and then a gradual reopening thereafter. There is an expectation that Scotland could leave Level 4 restrictions from the last week in April with wider reopening of facilities in some areas.  In Northern Ireland some school years will return from 8 March but currently there are no other changes planned to restrictions until 1 April, subject to review. 

Please be aware we are expecting further updates from the other devolved governments.

 

Road to Restart

Of course, we know there will be groups that won’t be able to welcome riders back a soon as the end of March and there are good reasons for this. What really matters at the moment is making sure groups feel motivated and encouraged to get together and start their planning.

Over the next 5 weeks, I will be changing the weekly emails to reflect this change of focus. Each week will have a different theme relating to the ‘Road to Restart’, signposting webinars, guidance and any other resources relating to that topic.

As RDA UK volunteers, you will hear from me on a Friday (starting this week), as I brief you on the following week’s theme (as well as the usual news). Groups will receive their email on the Monday, introducing the theme for that week. Spoiler alert: the first topic is ‘Trustee Confidence’. Any support you can give your groups in relation to the theme each week will make a huge difference.

The 5 weeks takes us to 29 March, when hopefully many of your groups will be getting ready to restart.

30-minute webinars

This week: 25 Feb, 7pm, Advice on First Aid provision & training during lockdown

This will cover changing first aid needs during lockdown, managing and accessing training (and course options) and things RDA groups need to know to be safe and prepared. Please note this is not a First Aid training course!

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gRC9MxNlTNKx9hpUliEgpA

Bonus webinar!

25 Feb – 5-7pm Show Jumping Training

Mike Butcher will take you through all the RDA levels, with a focus on introducing it to your sessions. Open to all. Register at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kc-6qrT8qEtXNKAjR0rSaxKJWu_taNF7e

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

18 February 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Short and sweet this week. Education, education, education…..

 

30-minute webinars

This week: 18 Feb, 7pm, RDA and Education

Coaching Lead Karen Thompson will be presenting and answering questions about all things RDA Education: Endeavour Awards, Proficiency Tests and Asdan – as well as giving an insight into her own group’s activities during lockdown. Any questions for Karen email Lyndsay Wagerlwager@rda.org.uk

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GdbkV52TTWi74FE5uFeYjw

 

Next week:  25 Feb , 7pm, Advice on First Aid provision & training during lockdown

This will cover changing first aid needs during lockdown, managing and accessing training (and course options) and things RDA groups need to know to be safe and prepared. Please note this is not a First Aid training course!

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gRC9MxNlTNKx9hpUliEgpA

 

Bonus webinar!

25 Feb – 5-7pm Show Jumping Training

Mike Butcher will take you through all the RDA levels, with a focus on introducing it to your sessions. Open to all. Register at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kc-6qrT8qEtXNKAjR0rSaxKJWu_taNF7e

 

Zoom training from Bennington Carriages

Bennington Carriages are offering Zoom training sessions for newsletter subscribers. The first one was ‘Harnessing up – Part 1’ with great questions, discussion and fun for all. To find out more about upcoming sessions, subscribe to the newsletter via the link https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/ You can also follow them on Facebook:www.facebook.com/BenningtonCarriagesGB

 

Reminder: SEIB Search for a Star

SEIB are once again hosting an RDA Virtual Search for a Star Showing Class. Virtual SEIB Search for a Star will take place at Your Horse Virtually Live on the 10 and 11 April 2021. Entries are now open and they close on the 8 March. For more information visit:

www.seib.co.uk/competitions/search-4-a-star-rda/    

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

 

 

16 February 2021Horsey Homework

16 February 2021Horsey Homework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 February 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

If you missed last week’s BBC news feature about us, you can watch the report on BBC Sport here: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/disability-sport/55949440 . Around 6.8 million viewers tune in to the 6pm news and I know some groups have benefited directly from people contacting them after seeing the programme. We certainly saw a big spike in traffic to our website – the majority of which were people looking for their nearest group.

 

30-minute webinars

This week: Tea with a Pony: 7pm Thursday 11 Feb

Find out more from Claire Jenkins (Cotswold RDA and RDA UK Trustee) and RDA staff member Lucy Stokes about this popular project, the impact it is making on those who take part, and the benefits to the group.  Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HxQN0jUFRsWqpw1cy5PkXQ

Next week: 18 Feb, Education & Taking Part at Home

Coaching Lead Karen Thompson will be presenting and answering questions about activities for participants to do at home, Proficiency Tests and Asdan – as well as giving an insight into her own group’s activities during lockdown. Any questions for Karen email Lyndsay Wager lwager@rda.org.uk

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GdbkV52TTWi74FE5uFeYjw

25 Feb: Advice on First Aid provision & training during lockdown

This will cover changing first aid needs during lockdown, managing and accessing training (and course options) and things RDA groups need to know to be safe and prepared. Please note this is not a First Aid training course!

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gRC9MxNlTNKx9hpUliEgpA

 

Subscribe to MyRDA YouTube Channel

So that you can watch all these webinars and other useful videos in your own time, I have set up a new RDA YouTube Channel called MyRDA, which I will be adding videos to over the next few weeks. You can find it here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCrI8v8J0WoEXNCu25ktkm0Q

If we get enough subscribers, I can change the web address to something more memorable, so please do visit the channel and subscribe – that way you’ll also hear about new films as they are uploaded.

 

SEIB Search for a Star

SEIB are once again hosting an RDA Virtual Search for a Star Showing Class. Virtual SEIB Search for a Star will take place at Your Horse Virtually Live on the 10 and 11 April 2021. Entries are now open and they close on the 8 March. For more information visit:

www.seib.co.uk/competitions/search-4-a-star-rda/    

Also don’t forget the SEIB Livery Yard & Riding School of the Year Awards, which close on 16 March. More info here: www.seib.co.uk/awards/?fbclid=IwAR37J9BovVoulvY1DvaaiEXKv57bvAbuvKxCzmlFh4vE5qRDq8hI7myhSOU

 

Looking after your mental health

Finally, if you are struggling with your mental health during this time, do try to get help. Reaching out to others can feel like the very last thing you want to do, but there are people and organisations who can help. We have signposted some support-providers here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/getting-started-after-lockdown/supporting-our-people/

 

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

08 February 2021Horsey Homework

02 February 2021Horsey Homework

02 February 2021Horsey Homework

27 January 2021National Office Update

RDA UK volunteers and staff,

What’s that you say? Another week has gone by? I know. And practically the end of January already. A few things to get your teeth into this week, especially some excellent learning opportunities to share with your RDA network.

 
 

Emergency grants to groups

It’s not too late for groups to apply for grants. The current round closes on Friday. All information and the application form can be found here:  www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/group-fundraising

 

Training Horses During Lockdown webinar, Thursday 28 at 7pm

There are still some spaces on tomorrow’s webinar about training horses during lockdown. The session features Equine Lead Doug Smith answering your questions, hosted by our very own Emma Bayliss. Register to join at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mquTojfESQKMrqvmTivtCg      

 If you have a question for Doug ahead of the session please email it to Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk 

 
 

Equine Behaviour & Training webinar, Monday 1 Feb, 7:30pm

Another great learning opportunity, this time from Regional Vet Tess Fordham (Thank you Tess!). This talk will outline the basics of equine behaviour and training with a particular focus on training horses to park as well as training techniques for safe handling in a post-covid RDA setting. It is relevant for coaches, participants, volunteers, families, carers and staff.

Register for this at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodemrpz4jGNQWWojcKjKhYTB0ReaAjb9I

Further talks are planned in February and March, so watch this space.

 

Updates to the RDA Rulebook

The RDA Rulebook has been updated. If you are not familiar with it, the rulebook contains equipment rules for RDA sessions, as well as competition rules. For 2021, the rule changes are available as inserts to the 2020 book. They will soon be going online, but groups (and you!) can also request a hard copy of the updates here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships/rulebook-request/

 
 

South West Regional Chair vacancy

If you or someone you know might be interested in the above role, please email Faye McKenning at fmckenning@rda.org.uk

 
 

Helping with some interesting university research

We will be asking groups to circulate the information below to any of their adult riders who have Cerebral Palsy. Charlotte is undertaking an interesting research project and we would like to help if possible.

Study Participants Needed

Self-Reported Physical Activity Levels in Adults with Cerebral Palsy: An insight into a UK population

Are you an adult 18 years or over?  Do you have mild to moderate cerebral palsy (GMFCS levels 1 to 4)?

Hi, my name is Charlotte Kreiner and I am a Masters student studying Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) at the University of Brighton.

·         For my Masters Dissertation, I am looking for adults (18 years and over) with mild to moderate cerebral palsy (GMFCS levels 1 to 4) to participate in a brief online survey.
·         The survey will aim to help provide an insight into physical activity levels of adults with cerebral palsy in the UK, as well as factors that can affect physical activity levels.
·         Physical activity involves any voluntary movement including walking (including with a frame or propelling chair), housework, horse-riding, or swimming for example.
·         Participation is voluntary. The online survey will be anonymous, take approximately 20 minutes to self-complete (with/without a carer to use a keyboard if required), and after submitting the online survey, this will complete your involvement in the survey.
·         You will need access to an internet-enabling device to complete the survey.

If you have any questions related to your involvement in the study or would like the participant information sheet for further information, please contact Charlotte Kreiner (c.kreiner1@uni.brighton.ac.uk).

If you would consider participating in the study, please click on the survey link here: https://brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/self-reported-physical-activity-levels-in-adults-with-cere-3

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

26 January 2021Horsey Homework

20 January 2021Horsey Homework

20 January 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

If you’re feeling that this lockdown seems more gruelling than before – you’re definitely not alone. I don’t expect this email will make a difference, but it comes with all my positive thoughts and hope that you are managing ok and keeping well.

Lots of news and events for your interest today, but first, congratulations to Susan Hewetson-Brown of Newbury Pony Driving group for receiving the Dudley-Smith Award, which recognises volunteers who have made an important contribution to RDA Carriage Driving.

 

Emergency grants to groups

A reminder that our current grants round for groups closes on 29 January. All information and the application form can be found here:  www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/group-fundraising

 

Carriage Driving Lead

After years of dedicated service, Margaret Brockie is stepping down from her role as Carriage Driving Lead. Margaret has done a huge amount to encourage and develop driving with RDA (including the introduction of Driving to the National Championships), and to promote RDA Driving to the outside world. She has been a huge support to the staff team, the Driving Committee and our Driving groups around the UK. Thank you Margaret for everything you have given to the role.

We are now looking for a new Carriage Driving Lead. If you would like to register your interest, please email Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk

 

New webinar series

We are introducing a new series of webinars on a range of topics, kicking off next Thursday 28 at 7pm with an interview with RDA Equine Lead, Doug Smith. Doug will be answering questions about equine training during lockdown. The sign up and joining details will be circulated in tomorrow’s email to groups. If you have a question for Doug please email it to Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk  

 

Creative Writing Competition

Please remind your groups about the Creative Writing Competition. Entries close on 26 February. It is open to RDA participants of all ages and abilities and entry is completely free. All entries will receive a rosette with a prize for the overall winners.

More details and an entry form can be found here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/education-asdan/  or contact Alex Walker awalker@rda.org.uk or 01926 405971.

 

Online Accredited Equine Facilitated Learning courses

Here are a couple of great opportunities for those looking to develop their skills in Equine Facilitated Learning, brought to you by Equi-Scotia.

Introduction to Equine Facilitated Learning

The online 'Intro' course is a series of three 2-hour evening workshops suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject. Visit www.equi-scotia.com/our-events/  for more details.

Professional Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning & Development

This qualification is suitable for those with relevant qualifications who are active in the delivery of; education, counselling, coaching, youth work, therapy, equestrian activities and/or mental health services. Visit www.equi-scotia.com/professional-certificate-in-equine-facilitated-learning-efl-and-development/ for more information.

 

HETI 2021 – call for abstracts

This year’s HETI Conference (June 7-11 – real or virtual) is taking place in Seoul Korea. Under the theme of “Widen the Spectrum”, the organisers will welcome over 800 instructors, therapists, and experts from around the world for an exchange on the developments and future vision for the sector.

The organising committee is accepting submissions of abstracts for talks or poster presentations. If you are interested in taking part, please visit http://heti2021.org/html/user/core/view/basic/main/166/mail/m-e03.html

 

Free Zoom talks from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Edinburgh & Borders Regional Vet Tess Fordham has arranged for RDA members to be able to join the following free talks (one of which is tonight so apologies if you’ve missed out on that one):

Wednesday 20th January 7.30pm via Zoom -

Strangles - are the blood tests all they're cracked up to be? Prof Scott Pirie and Jill Murdoch will guide us through this difficult area.

 

Wednesday 27th January 7.30pm via Zoom -

Equine Lockdown Lard - so many experts, so few solutions - what's the latest in equine obesity? Dr Ruth Morgan will be presenting her latest research into equine obesity. 

Sign up here: https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/equine-client-evenings-jan-20th-730pm-strangles-and-jan

With many thanks to Tess.

 

An evening with Sophie Christiansen

Sophie Christiansen CBE is giving a talk ‘Pandemic to Paralympics’ on 28 January from 6-7pm on Zoom. The event is a fundraiser for Andover RDA and Sophie’s Gold Club. Details and bookings here:https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=AndoverRDA-talk

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

15 January 2021THE ROYAL (DICK) SCHOOL OF VETERINARY STUDIES - TALKS

 

THE ROYAL (DICK) SCHOOL OF VETERINARY STUDIES - TALKS

 

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies are holding two talks for their clients and would like to extend the invitation to the RDA Community.  The talks will interesting and informative.  Sign up is straightforward and they are free!

 

Wednesday 20th January 7.30pm via Zoom -

Strangles - are the blood tests all they're cracked up to be?

Prof Scott Pirie and Jill Murdoch will guide us through this difficult area.

 

Wednesday 27th January 7.30pm via Zoom -

Equine Lockdown Lard - so many experts, so few solutions - what's the latest in equine obesity?

 Dr Ruth Morgan will be presenting her latest research into equine obesity.  

 

https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/equine-client-evenings-jan-20th-730pm-strangles-and-jan

 

Thank you to the Ed & Borders Regional Vet, Tess Fordham for extending the invitation to RDA.  Should you have any difficulties signing up, please email Tess on tess.fordham@ed.ac.uk

14 January 2021National Office Update

 

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Welcome to RDA 2021! Not the start we hoped for, but I hope you are keeping well and managing ok in spite of it all. Unsurprisingly after a break of a few weeks, this is a bumper issue, so pop the kettle on, make yourself comfortable and I promise we’ll get through it together.

First I’d like to welcome three new Regional Chairs to the RDA UK team: In Great London - Paul Turner; Celia McMorran in Northern Ireland and in West & Central Scotland Dominic Ind. Thank you and welcome to you all.

Thanks also to the outgoing Chairs: Julie Frazer (NI), Mike Locke (GL) and Kate Bennet (W&CS) for everything you have done to support your regions and the wider RDA community while in post.

Remember we still have a vacancy for a Regional Chair in the South West. Email Faye at fmckenning@rda.org.uk for details.  

 

Sad loss of two RDA ‘stalwarts’

It is with sadness that we report the deaths of Carolyn Walker MCSP from the South West Region, and Jane Matthews from Mid-West.

Carolyn was a long-standing, dedicated RDA supporter and CPTRH member who held many roles over the years, notably as a Chartered Physiotherapist providing support and advice to RDA groups. We will miss Carolyn's professional caring attitude, her great sense of humour and her love of travel to HETI conferences.

Jane was a great stalwart of RDA in Wiltshire, having in the past held positions such as County Chairman, Chairman of Lackham RDA and latterly Wansdyke Driving Group to name but a few of her roles. She was a tireless fundraiser and driving force for RDA right up until she became unwell, and will be sadly missed.

With thanks to Lynne Munro and Rachel Vaughan-Johns.

 

Emergency grants to groups and other funding options

We are opening a third round of emergency grants for groups (the information will be circulated in tomorrow’s email to groups).  Groups can apply for grants for financial hardship - if they are struggling to maintain the group; or for a grant to help them restart (when possible) or adapt to broaden their services and benefit more people.

All information and the application form can be found here:  www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/group-fundraising

A useful list of external funding and financial support can be found at: https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/mod/page/view.php?id=670

 

Vacancy for RDA UK Chair

A reminder that we are recruiting for a new Chair for RDA UK. Don’t hide your light under a bushel! RDA is full of talented, experienced people who would be ideally placed to bring their knowledge of RDA and leadership skills to our national board. Click the link below for more details, or call Chief Executive Ed Bracher for an informal chat (or if you have someone you would like to recommend).

www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/

 

National Championships (real and virtual)

Our assumption at the moment is that the National Championships will go ahead, and our Championships team has been working closely with Hartpury College to ensure we can do this safely.

As such, this year’s event will have fewer classes, and take place over two days (17 & 18 July) rather than the usual three. We will be keeping numbers on site to a minimum, and in line with other equestrian events we will be encouraging competitors to ‘arrive, compete and leave’. Where groups need it, accommodation and stabling will be provided as normal.

In addition, because of the need to run fewer classes, and to ensure as many people as possible have an opportunity to take part, we will be running a virtual championships in September.

All the details can be found on MyRDA here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships

We will still need a number of volunteers to help run the Championships, so if you can give your time please email Faye McKenning at fmckenning@rda.org.uk

Regional Qualifiers

Regional Committees are in the process of agreeing their plans for qualifiers. Some will be taking place at venues as normal, and some virtually. Please contact your Regional Chair if you have any questions about the qualifier in your Region.

 

Free NAF garlic supplements

NAF (the feed manufacturer) is offering RDA groups in mainland England, Wales and Scotland free 500g and 10kg tubs of its garlic feed supplement (now discontinued so not to be sold on, but sealed and in date).

Interested groups should fill out the form at the link below. The details will be sent on to NAF for them to allocate supplies, based on the number of horses and how much they have in stock. This is on a first come, first served basis and we can’t guarantee groups will receive some.

Offer closes 22 January. Groups can apply online at:

www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/horses-and-rda/feed-supplements   

Any questions email Helen at hkallow@rda.org.uk

 

Horsefest – exclusive ticket offer for RDA members and volunteers

HorseFest is a new, three day festival for horse fans, taking place from July 23 to 25. Visit www.horsefest.org for all the details.

Early bird tickets are on sale now while available or until 28 February. Thanks to the team at HorseFest, we have secured a further discount for RDA members and volunteers with 10% off any Adult, Young Person, Child or Family entry ticket. Just use the code HORSEFESTRDA10 at the checkout on the website.

More information about HorseFest and this exclusive offer at MyRDA here: www.myrda.org.uk/exclusive-horsefest-ticket-offer-for-rda-members/

 

That’s it! I knew you’d make it.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

21 December 2020 Equestrian Guidance Update 21/12/20

🚨 Equestrian Guidance Update 21/12/20 🚨

Dear All,

Following the First Minister's announcement on Saturday, all of mainland Scotland will enter Level 4 on 26th December at 00.01.

Within Level 4, non contact sport, including most equestrian activity, can continue outdoors (including within covered arenas). However, travel restrictions mean this can only be undertaken within your own Local Authority area.

Across all levels, coaches can continue to travel for work purposes and travel can be undertaken to care for animals on welfare grounds.

Grant Turnbull
Chair horsescotland

To view the full current guidance PDF document please click the link below ⤵️

🔗 www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

#staysafe #stayalert #stepatatime #horsescotland #equestrianguidance #covid19

18 December 2020 Horse Scotland Equestrian Guidance Update 16/12/20

🚨 Equestrian Guidance Update 16/12/20 🚨

Dear All

Following the First Minister's announcement yesterday, there are no changes to our Equestrian Guidance but there are to be changes to three Local Authority levels - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian - effective from 6pm on Friday 18th December, all three will move to Level 3. 

The First Minister also confirmed that there will now be a further review on Tuesday 22nd December.

Our infographic and guidance provides detail for equestrian participants, coaches and businesses. These documents are attached.

Grant Turnbull
horsescotland  Chair

To view the full guidance PDF and infographic document please click the link below ⤵️

🔗 www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

#staysafe #stayalert #stepatatime #horsescotland #equestrianguidance #covid19

18 December 2020 Ed Bracher's Christmas Message

 RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher has recorded a Christmas message for the whole organisation. 

Grab a mince pie and a mulled wine and settle in to watch it here:

https://youtu.be/dKl6yJUcpys

 

16 December 2020Ettrickbridge & Dryden RDA Group Newsletter

16 December 2020Ettrickbridge & Dryden's Festive Horsey Homework

14 December 2020Drum's Christmas Newsletter

14 December 2020National Office Update

 

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Firstly, welcome to all Coach Developers – not previously on this list (apologies), but on it now! If you have not received this email before, it’s a weekly message to all RDA UK volunteers ahead of the group email that goes out on Thursdays, so you have advanced notice of news and updates.

This will be the last ‘normal’ email before Christmas, and the next one will be on 13 January. If anything important crops up in the meantime I’ll be sure to let you know.

 

Free training: ‘Managing Change’ this Friday!

We have some spaces left for an online course this Friday 11th from 1pm - 2:45pm. This is just open to RDA UK volunteers (that’s you!) and is being delivered by the excellent people at Team Academy, who some of you will have worked with before. I would definitely recommend it, so do get in touch with Faye in the office fmckenning@rda.org.uk to sign up if you’re free this Friday.

 

RDA on ITV advert

If you didn’t happen to be watching Supermarket Sweep on Saturday, you may have missed the lovely People’s Postcode Lottery advert featuring RDA. I am allowed to share it until the end of this week, so visit our Facebook page or follow this link and take a look: https://youtu.be/FIcypeD0R70

 

Restarting hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is now able to restart at those groups that can offer it.  The guidance is now live on the myRDA website, covering details such as training horses and volunteers, as well as the extensive use of personal protective equipment following CSP and CPTRH guidelines.  Visit www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/getting-started-after-lockdown/24335-2/

 

RDA at Home

We are still looking for groups to send in their ideas for activities that can be done at home, so please be on the look out for resources that you think might be good to share. Email Alex Walker at awalker@rda.org.uk

 

Vacancy at Cavalier Centre, home of Perry RDA

Cavalier Centre in Shropshire has a maternity leave vacancy for a full time Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Assistant. Click here for details: https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/5078140?v=F34C4BF506DC076027BC125B8D1ACABBE8F63D3D

 

 

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

 

 

02 December 2020National Office Update

National Office Update 

Dear RDA UK staff and volunteers,

Another bumper issue coming your way today, but I think it’s all positive stuff – including some ideas to help with the Christmas shopping. Firstly, Ballyboley group in Northern Ireland was Parasport Club of the Month earlier this year, and now has a chance of being voted Club of the Year – but they need your help. Please visit the Parasport website and cast your vote: https://parasport.org.uk/club-year-nominations

 
 

Harry Hall Charity of the Year

Equestrian outfitters Harry Hall are looking for nominations to be one of their three charities of the year in 2021. You can help ensure that RDA is on the shortlist by visiting the Harry Hall Facebook page (@HarryHallRiding) and commenting in the relevant post tagging in @RDANational. Or visit their nominations page at: https://harryhall.com/charity-partnership-donations 

This would be a fantastic opportunity for us so please share with your friends and family as well as your RDA network.

 
 

First Aid training

As well as taking bookings directly from RDA Groups and Regions for courses, Medi-K & First Aid Training Cooperative have planned a number of public 1-day ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ and 3-day ‘First Aid at Work’ courses at venues across the UK in 2021. If you are interested in booking a place or places at one of these courses, please visit: https://firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk/public-first-aid-courses/cat-13-equestrian-first-aid/

You can also find a full list of dates for these courses on the events page of MyRDA at www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/events/

 
 

Discount for Groups at Townfields Saddlers

A reminder that Townfield Saddlers offer 15% off online orders to all RDA groups. To receive the discount, they just have to enter the following code at the checkout: RDAS15

Townfields supply everything from stable equipment, clothing, body protectors and hats as well as saddlery. They will even drop off to local yards for bigger bulky orders. Visit www.townfields.com to view their range and to take advantage of this brilliant offer.

A huge thank you to the team at Townfields Saddlers for their continued support of RDA.

 
 

RDA Tartan scarves and ties

The RDA scarves are still available to buy from Norvite, despite a run on them after my previous email. They make fantastic Christmas gifts so visit www.norvitefarmandcountry.com/11406/products/rda-50th-anniversary-tartan-lambswool-scarf.aspx and place your order today.

In addition, there are a small number of tartan ties available (I can send you a picture of Ed sporting one at last year’s AGM if you want to know what they look like). They cost £24 including post and packaging (1st class, registered).  If you would like to snap up one of the last 11 ties please email Kim McCutcheon at eandb.region.rda@gmail.com. When they are gone, they are gone!

 
 

RDA on ITV Christmas advert

With thanks to Centre of England and Ravelrig groups, RDA features in a Postcode Lottery advert to be aired on Saturday 5 December at 19:15 (during Celebrity Supermarket Sweep!). It’s a lovely thing so please do tune in.

 
 

BETA survey

BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) has launched a new survey to riders covering two main topics:

·         Their perceptions of coaching qualifications, the importance of these when selecting coaches and other criteria used in coach selection.
·         Riding activity and purchasing behaviour since the beginning of the year to better understand spending and riding patterns and in terms of buying channels whether any change is a temporary or permanent one. 

The link to the survey is: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160624164105 and you have the opportunity to win a £50 shopping voucher.

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

Caroline Ward
Head of Communication & Insight, RDA UK
01926 405968
cward@rda.org.uk

01 December 2020Equestrian Guidance Update 30/11/20

🚨 Equestrian Guidance Update 30/11/20 🚨

Dear All,

Following the recent publication of the legal text around travel restrictions, as issued by the Scottish Government, we have been working with sportscotland to further clarify specific points in relation to the changes to travel connected to sport and physical activity in Level 3 and 4 areas.  

The Specific changes/updates that have been made to travel sections to reflect the legal text can be summarised as follows:

🔹If you live in a Level 3 or Level 4 Local Authority area you can take part in organised sport, activity or exercise in that area only, with the exception of point 3 below.

🔹You should not travel out of your Local Authority area, if it is at Level 3 or 4, to undertake organised sport, activity or exercise (exception:  u18s in a level 3 area can travel into other areas for allowable organised sport, activity and exercise).

🔹At Level 3 and 4 you can travel to a place up to 5 miles outside your Local Authority area to take part in informal exercise (household rules apply) as long as you start and finish at the same place. Please note, this exemption no longer permits travel for over 18's for any organised sport or physical activity. 

The above guidance around the 5 mile travel restriction has now changed 3 TIMES WITHIN 3 WEEKS. We have pushed hard against the tightening of travel for sport and physical activity, but it is now in legal form and the full text can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/389/part/4/made

Again, please don't shoot the messenger, this Regulation is much wider than sport and physical activity, but there is clear reference to permitted travel for the activities within the text.

Full details can be found in the attached full Equestrian Guidance.

Grant Turnbull
Chair horsescotland

To VIEW the full updated guidance PDF document please click the link below ⤵️

🔗 www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

To DOWNLOAD the full updated guidance PDF document please click the link below ⤵️

🔗 https://636111c1-f1f1-431d-9255-cd6a540ac892.filesusr.com/ugd/6c7920_9ab7ba60bd254dbc8701895f266b45cf.pdf?index=true

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