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22 July 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I do hope you are keeping cool in this gorgeous weather.

With the hot weather in mind, Matt Dalley spotted this useful reminder from British Horse Society about equine care (thanks Matt): www.facebook.com/TheBritishHorseSociety

Vacancy: Regional Chair West Mercia

We are looking to fill this vital role in the West Mercia Region. If you or anyone you know might be interested please take a look at the role description here: www.myrda.org.uk/assets/RDA-UK-Regional-Chair-Vacancy-Advert-West-Mercia.pdf

Any enquiries to Faye McKenning fmckenning@rda.org.uk / 01926 405966

 
‘Horses Wanted’ posters and adverts

We have created wanted posters and adverts to help groups in their mission to find suitable equines. The adverts are available in A4 and A5, these can go into any regional publications, show programmes etc. The posters can be printed out and displayed at events. You can download the poster and flyer here: https://grouporders.rda.org.uk/product/rda-horsepower-wanted-poster/ Or contact ebayliss@rda.org.uk  for the advert.

 
Free tack and clothing!

Avon Centre has some surplus tack including saddles and some clothing which has been donated but they are not using. They are offering it to groups for free to collect or if groups can cover the cost of delivery. For details of what’s available please contact Avon Centre Manager Claire Schimmer centremanager@avonridingcentre.org.uk

Reminder: RDA Awards

The 2021 RDA Awards are now open for you to nominate volunteers and participants for all their hard work and efforts over the last 12 months. The nominations will close on Monday 9 August.  Follow the link to submit your nomination. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021RDAAwards   

For help and support, please contact Faye McKenning, fmckenning@rda.org.uk / 01926 405966

 

Endurance

In tomorrow’s email to groups I’ll be doing a little promotion about Endurance, including the ‘take part’ event for this year’s Virtual National Championships. This is open to all registered endurance groups and we look forward to it becoming a significant competition in the years to come. Registration form and more info at www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/endurance/

 

National Para Equestrian Classification Hub – 11 September Sandy Flats, Glasgow, G23 5NA

Athletes who would like to be Classified for National Para Equestrian sports have to go through the application process first to find out if they are eligible to have an Athlete Evaluation (physical assessment) appointment at the hub. Further information on National PE Classification can be found here: www.britishequestrian.org.uk/competitors/para-equestrian/classification  including the National PE Classification rules, application process and forms.

 

Best wishes and I’ll be back the week after next,

Caroline

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

14 July 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I do hope that next Monday brings those of you in England a much needed sense of progress and a degree of freedom – and for others a signal that the easing of restrictions is on its way, if not immediately then soon.

 
 

COVID-19 Update

From 19 July, legal COVID-19 restrictions are being removed in England. We have considered what this means both for restarted groups and those looking to get going in the next few weeks and months. Our Director of Operations, Anna Hall, has recorded a webinar looking at how the changes will affect groups, available at: https://youtu.be/acRv03KNkLY . We will also be updating the Road to Restart page on www.myrda.org.uk in time for 19 July.   

 
 

Grand Day Out

We are delighted to have received many applications for up to £100 support for Grand Days Out and we will be contacting groups shortly to let them know which have been successful. There are some great ideas in these applications, including a shared picnic lunch with participants and their families, a visit to an ice cream parlour, outdoor games, treasure hunt as well as a group having miniature Shetlands come to visit and even a trip on a horse drawn canal boat!  We are now pleased that we are able to open this opportunity to more groups on a first come, first served basis. They can apply at www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/holidays . All Grand Days Out must be taken by 26 September 2021. 

 
 

New Safeguarding leaflet available on Group Orders

‘An Introduction to Safeguarding in RDA’ is a new leaflet designed to replace the old ‘Quick Guide to Safeguarding’. It is an overview of what safeguarding means in RDA, with some useful hints and guidance to help volunteers understand this difficult subject.

It is primarily aimed at new volunteers to RDA, and will eventually form part of their Green Card training. That said, the information is relevant to all and can be used as a reference guide for those already in RDA. It’s really important that everyone understands the significance of safeguarding and the role they play in that process.

The leaflet is available to order through the Group Orders website at https://grouporders.rda.org.uk/product/an-introduction-to-safeguarding-in-rda and will be sent out with accompanying guidance notes. There may initially be a maximum order limit per group until we can assess demand.

Any questions email Laura Cartwright lcartwright@rda.org.uk

 
 

Opportunities for ID riders

RDA has been working with UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities and Virtus World Intellectual Impairment Sport, to allow competitors who are placed in the top three in our ID classes at Regional Qualifiers the chance to be classified with UKSA and compete in the Virtus Virtual Global Dressage Championships. Regional Organisers and Dressage Reps have been made aware of competitors who have been selected to be considered for classification. For more information contact ebayliss@rda.org.uk or visit Call for GB Entries to 2021 Virtus Para Dressage Championships – UK Sports Association

 
 

Reminder: Introductory Offer to join Equestrian Employers Association

The Equestrian Employers Association provides support, resources and advice to employers in the equestrian industry. They provide a number of templates that groups who employ staff can use, such as a Contract Creator, Staff Handbook Creator, Health and Safety toolkit and Code of Good Employment as well as information on pensions and payroll to help you to be a compliant and Good Employer. They also have an employment advice helpline.  In addition they have useful information and templates for those who need to have a Riding Establishments Licence.  They are offering a special introductory rate to RDA groups signing up for the first time of £37.50 per year compared to the usual £49.50. Please note this discount does not apply if you are already a member and please do not pass this on as this offer does not apply to anyone outside of RDA or with Accessibility Mark accreditation.

6 groups have already taken up the offer. One group said: “We used them for advice regarding a pregnant worker to ensure we are doing everything correctly and they were prompt and helpful.”

More details here: https://equestrianemployers.org.uk/homeRDA

Best wishes,

Caroline

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

11 July 2021Regional Qualifier Results

Many, many congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Virtual RQ.  It was a bit of a learning curve to get to grips with the technology, but it worked and we had a cracking competition.

One of the Judges commented "a smashing bunch lots to like".  Dressage entries held up, though there were fewer Arts & Crafts entries.  This is common across all Regions.  I am delighted to say that two groups competed for the first time - Muirfield and Upper Nithsdale, joined Ravelrig, Tweeddale Rideability, Border and Berwickshire Groups.

 

DRESSAGE - NON-QUALIFIER

 

Class 2 - Unled Walk 

1st - William, Border - 71.2% Winner of Horses Head for highest scoring Junior competitor in a non-qualifier test

2nd - Kelsey, Border - 66.5%

 

Class 4 - Unled Walk & Trot Junior

1st - Amy, Muirfield - 69.4%

 

Class 4 - Unled Walk & Trot Senior

1st - Rebecca, Muirfiled - 71.9% Winner of Val Brown Trophy for highest scoring competitor in a non-qualifier test

2nd - David, Muirfield - 70.0%

 

DRESSAGE - QUALIFIER

Class 6 - PVI Walk Only

1st - Helen, Tweeddale - 63.9% (Q)

 

Class 9 - Grade 1

1st - Margaret, Border - 69% (Q)

 

Class 10 - 1-6 (Walk & Trot)

1st - Pamela, Ravelrig - 63.6% (Q)

 

Class 11 - 1-6 (Canter)

1st - Jane, Border - 76.2% (Q) Winner of Mark Headen Trophy for highest scoring competitor in a qualifier test

 

Class 12 - Introduction to Dressage (Lead Walk & Trot) Junior

1st Nathan, Tweeddale - 65.7% (Q) Winner of Horse Trophy for highest scoring Junior competitor in a qualifier test

Equal 2nd Iona, Tweeddale - 63.5%

Equal 2nd  Ellie, Tweeddale - 63.5%

 

CLASS 12 - Introduction to Dressage(Lead Walk & Trot) Senior

1st  Naimh, Tweeddale - 68.5% (Q)

 

CLASS 13 - (1-6 Walk Only) Junior

1st   PJ, Upper Nithsdale - 60.8% (Q)   

 

CLASS 13 (1-6 Walk Only) Senior

1st  Barbara, Berwickshire -  65% (Q)

2nd Sheena, Berwickshire - 64.7%

3rd Rachel, Ravelrig - 63.2%

4th Caroline, Berwickshire - 60.6%

 

CLASS 16 Introduction to Dressage(Led Walk Only) Junior

1st Emily, Berwickshire - 61.4% (Q)

2nd Joe, Tweeddale - 55.7%

 

CLASS 16 Introduction to Dressage (Led Walk Only) Senior

1st Hannah, Tweeddale - 65.7% (Q)

2nd Jacob, Berwickshire - 65.2%

3rd Alice, Berwickshire - 63.3%

 

CLASS 33 - Grade 2

1st Pamela, Ravelrig - 67.4% (Q)

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Class 23 (NC 45) Paintings & Drawings Individual or Group - JUNIOR               

1st SETH, TWEEDDALE RIDEABILITY  65  Q

2nd IONA, TWEEDDALE RIDEABILITY 64

3rd AMY, MUIRFIELD RIDING THERAPY 62

4th NICHOLAS, BERWICKSHIRE  59

Equal 5th MELEK, BERWICKSHIRE  49

Equal 5th ELLIE, TWEEDDALE RIDEABILITY  49

 

Class 23 (NC 45) Paintings & Drawings Individual or Group - SENIOR

1st CAROL,  BERWICKSHIRE  60

2nd JOHN,  BERWICKSHIRE  30

 

Class 29 (NC 50) Photography Individual - JUNIOR

1st ELLIE,   TWEEDDALE RIDEABILITY  66  Q

2nd CULLAN G, BERWICKSHIRE  59

3rd CULLAN C,  BERWICKSHIRE  30

 

Class 29 (NC 50) Photography Individual - SENIOR

1st LAUREN, BERWICKSHIRE  47

 

Class 30 (NC 51) Special Class – A picture for The RDA National Training Centre Individual or Group (maximum 10 people) - JUNIOR

1st DAWSON,  BERWICKSHIRE  66  Q

 

Class 30 (NC 51) Special Class – A picture for The RDA National Training Centre Individual or Group (maximum 10 people) - SENIOR

1st CLAIRE,  BERWICKSHIRE  69  Q

 

As you can see from the results we have had lots of successful entries with many scoring above the threshold (60.0% Dressage, 65% Arts & Crafts) to Qualify (Q) for the virtual National Championships in September.

Entries open on the Monday 12th of July and close on Friday 27th August.  Over the next few days packs will be sent to each group containing rosettes and National Championship packs for groups and competitors. 

More details are also available on MyRDA under National Championships.  Kim plans to deliver trophies to groups rather than post them and will be in touch with more detail. 

Finally, a huge thank you to our judges - Sarah, Irene and Shona for taking the time to support us, and to the volunteers and supporters who worked hard to prepare the competitors, horses and ponies for a fantastic competition.  Well done everyone!!

07 July 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

As we get into the summer months and staff go off on holiday (COVID permitting!), I know it can potentially get harder to reach the people you need in the office. The ‘Meet the Team’ page on MyRDA www.myrda.org.uk/about-rda/meet-the-team/ has the direct numbers of everyone, as well as their areas of responsibility and normal working days. It’s worth taking a look and seeing who works in which teams as this may help you find the right person to talk to, particularly if your first choice is away. You can also dial the mainline number and select the team you want to reach (01926 492915) or email info@rda.org.uk which is picked up each day and forwarded on to the right person.

In other service disruption news, due to a local issue in the postal service, post may be slow coming in and out of National Office at the moment. Apologies if this causes you any problems.

 
 

COVID-19 Update

Recent announcements by Boris Johnson for England and anticipated announcements from the other home countries are likely to remove legal requirements around COVID over the next few weeks.  We will be bringing together our Road to Restart Working Group to consider the latest information and what this means for RDA Groups and sessions. This will be shared through this newsletter and via www.myrda.org.uk website as soon as we are able to do so.  As groups not yet started will have been closed for at least 15 months, there will be things that need to be planned and prepared to ensure groups are safe getting started again and so there will continue to be a requirement to be signed off by National Office to restart, even after legal controls have been removed. 

 
 

Road to restart

Vaulting

We are pleased to say that we now have vaulting protocols that allow not only individual vaulting (which has been possible for some time), but also pairs and teams.  This is available on both the Vaulting page and Road to Restart page on myrda.org.uk and directly here: www.myrda.org.uk/assets/210705_Restarting-Vaulting-Protocols.pdf  

Carriage Driving in Wales

Carriage driving can now take place in Wales. This means that all of our activities can now take place in all areas where RDA operates.

 
 

Reminder: ‘Grand Day Out’

Do please chivvy your groups to take advantage of this offer, which closes on Monday.

Full details here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/holidays/

 
 

RDA Awards

The 2021 RDA Awards are now open for you to nominate volunteers and participants for all their hard work and efforts over the last 12 months. Follow the link to submit your nomination. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021RDAAwards

 For help and support, please contact Faye McKenning, fmckenning@rda.org.uk / 01926 405966

 
 

Club Matters Volunteer recruitment film

Here’s a useful film we have received from Club Matters containing tips and advice on volunteer recruitment. Worth a look – Mostly relevant to groups but it is particularly good on how to avoid individuals ending up with too many jobs to do (sound familiar?!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-y1GSwfQE

 
 

RDA Virtual National Championships 2021

Entries open for the Virtual National Championships on Monday 12 July. All entries are to be made through Horse Monkey.  https://horsemonkey.com/search_events  

There is plenty of guidance around how to video your entry, entering through Horse Monkey and setting up a YouTube account. All of these can be found on MyRDA under National Championships. www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships/   

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Harris on fharris@rda.org.uk or Emma Bayliss at ebayliss@rda.org.uk .

 
 

BETA and HorseScotland surveys

The latest BETA survey is now live, collecting data about important areas of equestrian life including volunteering, concussion incidence, safety stirrups, riding and spending. This is an opportunity for everyone engaged in equestrian activity to share their experiences and views about a wide range of topics.  There is also the chance to win shopping vouchers for those who complete the survey. Please take part if you can at: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=162504340567

HorseScotland survey

Calling all RDA people in Scotland! The HorseScotland participation survey is now live. Please follow the links and take part if you can:

18 and over: https://forms.gle/iBWBjXntfJpdZJov5

Under 18: https://forms.gle/9uNmPZhuaUHZbfBM6

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

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

07 July 2021RDA 2021 Awards

Recognising Volunteers
 
The extraordinary commitment of RDA Volunteers should be recognised and rewarded whenever possible.
You may have your own ways to reward the people who help your Group, but you might also like to have your volunteers recognised by RDA UK too.
The Volunteer of the Year Award, President’s Award, Over & Above Award and Long Service Awards are all a great way to say ‘thank you’.

RDA 2021 Awards
Nominations for the RDA 2021 Awards are now open, and close on the 9th August 2021. RDA Awards 2021 Categories and Criteria
Follow the link to nominate someone you know 
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021RDAAwards 
Or
Download the nomination form here

Over & Above Award
The Over and Above Award is designed to recognize volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty and given something exceptional to the group.  This might be a brilliant idea, putting in extra hours at a difficult time or doing something really special.  This award is not limited by length of service.
Nominate Someone For an Over and Above Award

2021 RDA Awards Criteria

Young  Volunteer of the Year
• Are aged 18 or below.
• Have gone above and beyond for their Group or RDA as a wider organization in the past 12 months.
• Have had an impact on beneficiaries and/or wider RDA participants.
• Have done something which supports RDA’s vision.
• Have adapted to the changing way in which Championships are run.
 
Volunteer of the Year
• Are over the age of 18.
• Have gone above and beyond for their Group or RDA as a wider organization in the past 12 months.
• Have had an impact on beneficiaries and/or wider RDA participants.
• Have done something which supports RDA’s vision.
• Have adapted to the changing way in which Championships are run.
 
Participant of the Year
• Have achieved something great this year.
• Have shown great attitude and motivation.
• Have gone above and beyond for their Group or RDA as a wider organization this year.
• Have done something which supports RDA’s vision.
• Have adapted to the changing way in which Championships are run.
 
RDAUK Volunteer of the Year
• A volunteer for RDAUK (National, Regional and County roles)
• Have gone above and beyond RDA as a wider organization in the past 12 months.
• Have had an impact on beneficiaries.
• Have done something which supports RDA’s vision.
• Have adapted to the changing way in which Championships are run.
Horse/pony of the Year
• They have adapted to new activities.
• Their interactions with participants
• The way they have handled PPE.

30 June 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

It was great to see footage from our new Chair, Rachel Medill, at Bank Farm RDA for her first group visit - the first of many I know she has planned over the coming weeks and months. Watching riders and volunteers in action was a welcome reminder of the joy of RDA sessions and I know we’re all looking forward to getting out and about more over the summer.

 

Group surveys

Yesterday I sent out surveys to both restarted and closed groups. The restarted groups survey is a repeat of the activity levels research that we have collected over the past few months (and will continue to do). It is useful for the insurers, and to help with our own understanding of participant numbers as restrictions continue to ease off. The survey for closed groups is to find out which groups have plans to reopen by the end of September and which don’t. Again this will help us with our planning and expectations for the coming months, and to identify struggling groups. Both surveys close on 11 July.

 
 
Road to restart – Vaulting

The Road to Restart working group is currently looking into vaulting practices to allow pairs and teams to resume activity. We hope to update the relevant groups next week.

 

Reminder: ‘Grand Day Out’

We have launched a summer initiative, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, called RDA’s ‘Grand Day Out’. Through the initiative, we will contribute up to £100 to around 50 Groups to take their participants and volunteers on a Day Out (with or without horses!). This project may be particularly beneficial for those groups who have not yet been able to get together since lockdown.  

Deadline to apply is 12 July. Full details here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/holidays/

 

Groups in England: Tackling Inequalities Fund

British Equestrian has been granted £150,000 of funding from Sport England to support riding centres that are facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The fund is specifically targeted at riding centres and groups delivering activity to those groups most affected by Covid-19. The focus audiences are:

•                     People on low incomes
•                     Diverse ethnic communities
•                     Disabled people
•                     People with long term health problems

 
Details, and a link to the full guidance on eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/tackling-inequalities-fund-returns-to-help-further-centres-affected

 
 
New Carriage Driving weight guidance

The Carriage Driving weight guidance has been updated and can be downloaded here under the category ‘Download Options’: https://grouporders.rda.org.uk/ .

 

You Tube reminder

Just because we are stopping the webinars for the summer doesn’t mean missing out on RDA information and inspiration. There are around 40 webinars, presentations and ‘how to’ videos on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCrI8v8J0WoEXNCu25ktkm0Q  . There are playlists to make it easier to find content that interests you, and a broad range of topics to get your teeth into.

Recent highlights include the Legal Matters webinar of last week, and Judy Olby’s presentation all about RDA Holidays and our Grand Day Out initiative.

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

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

23 June 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Just to flag up that this week will be the last in the current series of weekly webinars. I think you’ll agree they have been a hugely valuable asset during these past months, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed, presented, asked questions, tuned in to watch them live and afterwards on YouTube. We plan to take a Summer break, then resume the series in October. Ad hoc webinars will still take place for specific subjects, and I will trail these as normal in these emails.

Side walkers

A reminder that from this week groups can have 2 side walkers across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and in Level 0 and 1 areas in Scotland. Hand sanitisation for the side walkers and the leader must take place prior to and after the session and both side walkers must wear a face covering at all times when side walking.  The leader must look away from both side walkers and the rider at all times and may also consider wearing a face covering as further mitigation.  The side walkers and leader should aim to be as socially distanced as possible whilst ensuring the rider is supported safely.  All activities should take place outdoors or in a well-ventilated covered arena.

We know this is enabling more groups to plan their restart, and your support is, as ever, hugely appreciated.

The last 30-minute webinar (for now anyway…)

Tomorrow, 24 June, 7pm, Legal Matters

RDA’s Legal Advisor Shivaji Shiva and Chief Executive Ed Bracher will cover some of the legal issues most commonly raised by groups.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__hBokJPQTtyhoM9SjkskPQ

‘Grand Day Out’

As trailed in Judy Olby’s webinar of last week, we have launched a summer initiative, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, called RDA’s ‘Grand Day Out’. Through the initiative, we will contribute up to £100 to around 50 Groups to take their participants and volunteers on a Day Out (with or without horses!). This project may be particularly beneficial for those groups who have not yet been able to get together since lockdown.  

Deadline to apply is 12 July. Full details here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/holidays/

Data protection & ICO – useful info and watch out for a scam

As you may already know, groups may need to register with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office), and of course all groups should be aware of their data protection responsibilities.

The ICO has a useful self-assessment tool, to help groups decide whether they need to register with them: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-fee/self-assessment/

If registration is necessary, the fee for most groups is only £40.

Potential scam

The ICO has recently been writing (legitimately) to organisations that are not yet registered, but also it appears unscrupulous operators have been sending scam letters along similar lines, with links to fraudulent websites.

The correct website for the ICO is: https://ico.org.uk/ . I will be asking groups to look out for this if they receive any communication that is, or appears to be, from ICO.

A reminder that the standard Data Protection policy for RDA groups can be found here: www.myrda.org.uk/assets/RDA-Group-Data-Protection-Policy.pdf

New Carriage Driving weight guidance

The Carriage Driving weight guidance has been updated. I will let you know once it is available to download. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries about this, please contact your Regional Carriage Driving Rep in the first instance.

 
Anne Birkmyre memorial

Due to the continued Covid restrictions, the memorial service due to be held on June 28 in memory of Anne Birkmyre has now been postponed until September, the new date is yet to be confirmed.

Regional Treasurer South

A reminder that we are looking to fill this important regional role. If you are interested, please contact Regional Chair Frances Lochrane flochrane@btinternet.com

 

Best wishes,

Caroline

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

16 June 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Just before the weather takes a nose-dive (it may already have done so with you), it seems fitting that today’s email is basically all about holidays. Specifically – this week’s Thursday webinar and our ‘Grand Day Out’ project. More on these below. So grab your bucket and spade and head for the beach…..

Before you go, a reminder that tomorrow is the EGM to elect our new Chair. The outcome will be emailed to you all, along with group contacts and chairs tomorrow afternoon. Groups will get their usual weekly email tomorrow morning.

 

RDA Grand Day Out & holidays

We are delighted to announce our Grand Day Out initiative, the brainchild of Judy Olby, our National Holidays Lead.  With thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we can support about 50 Groups with a contribution of up to £100 to take their participants and volunteer on a Day Out, helping groups to reconnect even if they cannot get back to full sessions just yet.  Watch the webinar with National Holiday’s Lead Judy Olby this Thursday to find out more (details below).

Holidays

Even though we are not running National Holidays this year due to COVID-19, groups can link up directly with holiday providers. As an example, Clwyd Special Riding Centre www.clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk are planning to open in early July and would be delighted if any groups wanted to holiday with them. The Accessibility Mark Centre on the Isle of Wight, Island Riding, offers accessible holidays with accommodation on site www.islandriding.com.

 

30-minute webinar

Tomorrow, 17 June, 7pm, Holidays and ‘Grand Day Out’

RDA’s Queen of Holidays, Judy Olby will be inspiring groups to make the most of the Summer by arranging a day out or holiday for their participants – a great way to reconnect after so long without being together, especially for groups that haven’t been able to restart yet. As we launch our ‘Grand Day Out’ project, Judy will explain more about this new initiative.

 

Next week: 24 June, Legal Matters

RDA’s Legal Advisor Shivaji Shiva and Chief Executive Ed Bracher will cover some of the issues most commonly raised by groups.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__hBokJPQTtyhoM9SjkskPQ

Road to Restart – side walkers

The Road to Restart Working Group have listened to the challenges faced by our groups and riders, have looked at the evidence, including the increasing vaccination rate, and can now confirm that riders that need specific assistance in RDA sessions may be permitted to have 2 side walkers during sessions from next Monday, 21 June across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and in Level 0 and 1 areas in Scotland.

Hand sanitisation for the side walkers and the leader must take place prior to and after the session and both side walkers must wear a face covering at all times when side walking.  The leader must look away at all times from both side walkers and the rider at all times and may also consider wearing a face covering as further mitigation.  The side walkers and leader should aim to be as socially distanced as possible whilst ensuring the rider is supported safely at all times.  All activities should take place outdoors or in a well-ventilated covered arena.

The Group, as well as all volunteers and participants involved, should be comfortable with what they are being asked to do at all times. Even though we cannot require our volunteers to be double vaccinated, or even ask their vaccination status, it is likely that those who will feel most comfortable in side walking will be those who have the greatest level of protection.

 

Hope for COVID Heroes

We are supporting a new project #HopeForCOVIDHeroes offering equine facilitated intervention to frontline workers affected by COVID-19. Currently in its pilot phase, we hope to become one of several HETI members delivering the programme later this year. More here:www.god-unlimited.org/helpforcovidheroes-support.../

 

Vacancies at National Office

We have left a few roles at National Office vacant during the last year, and now we plan to start recruiting again. These positions will be publicly available to view here – where you will already see the role of Communications Coordinator advertised www.rda.org.uk/join-the-rda-uk-team/

Vacancies will also be posted internally on MyRDA at www.myrda.org.uk/about-rda/latest-news/

 Find us on Facebook

There are several RDA Facebook groups you can join if you are interested or involved in specific activities. These include:  RDA Equine, RDA Endurance, RDA Carriage Driving, RDA Showjumping, RDA Vaulting and RDA National Championships & Competitions. They are useful spaces for discussion and sharing information and can be a great way to connect with people around RDA with similar interests.

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

 

 

09 June 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I am sad to announce the death of Carolyn (Carol) Hall who had been suffering from Dementia. Until her retirement on health grounds some 5+ years ago, Carol was the backbone of the West Suffolk Group, where she was coach and Chair. She was also County Coach for Suffolk and a Coach Developer for East Region. Carol volunteered for over 40 years. She worked tirelessly at the Regional Qualifiers and Regional Training Days.  She was a regular volunteer at Hartpury on the Countryside Challenge Course and helped make all the riders feel very special when competing there. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

With thanks to Sue Diggins and Sue Price

 

EGM reminder

Please remind your groups about next week’s EGM and voting for the new Chair if they haven’t done so already. The link to vote is:www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EGM17June21

 

3 Carriages available

North Meols Carriage Driving Group is sadly having to close and they have 3 carriages, a Fenix, a Charles Wylie, which takes a wheelchair, a Bennington, and a ramp available to donate to other RDA groups. If you know of a group that might be interested, or would like further information, please contact Fiona Caplan on eitherbafilo@tiscali.co.uk or 01704 566728.

 

30-minute webinar

Tomorrow, 10 June, 7pm Coaching Week special

To mark Coaching Week, we hear from Abingdon Coach and regular blogger India Collins-Davies about what coaching within RDA means to her, what she missed during lockdown and what is enriching her life once again now the group is back open and filming their virtual qualifier videos. She’ll also use the opportunity to reach out to young coaches and volunteers who are thinking about joining the coaching pathway.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7lxOcr11QeOu-Td7VYw6Nw

Next week: 17 June, Surprise webinar

The surprise is I don’t know what it is yet! Rest assured there will be one and it will be excellent. I’ll circulate the details in next week’s email so apologies that it will be short notice.

 

Regional Equine Advisor for three regions

We are looking to fill this vital role in Grampian & Highland, North Midlands and North Wales. If you or anyone you know might be interested please take a look at the role description here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/assets/Role-Profile-Regional-Equine-Advisor-0621-pdf-1-1.pdf

Any applications or enquiries to Emma Bayliss atebayliss@rda.org.uk

 

RDA Banners mystery

We seem to be missing a couple of RDA event banners (like you might put above a stand or on a fence). They are big and white and have just our logo and website on them. Is there any chance you know where they are? Have they been forgotten about during lockdown? We’d love them back so if you can help solve our mystery please email Catcyapp@rda.org.uk

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

 

 

19 May 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

Congratulations to everyone involved in this morning’s Tea with a Pony conference. A great way to launch this exciting initiative, and the presentations were inspiring and informative.  A recording will be available as usual on the MyRDA YouTube Channel (I’ll try to get that sorted by the end of tomorrow).

 
 

Sidewalkers: clarification for Scotland

In Scotland, one sidewalker for riding and carriage driving is permitted if an area is in Level 1 or 2 but not in Level 3.  We understand Glasgow and Moray remain in Level 3. 

Search for a ‘heritage champion’

For over 50 years RDA has been at the forefront of disability sport, and a pioneer in the world of horses for therapy. In partnership with Sporting Heritage, we are now looking for a volunteer (or volunteer team) to capture, record and share our heritage: preserving our history and making it more accessible for future generations.

If you know someone who might enjoy this challenge, the full spec can be found here:

www.myrda.org.uk/we-are-looking-for-a-volunteer-heritage-champion/     

Anyone interested can pop me an email cward@rda.org.uk

 

30-minute webinar

Tomorrow, 20 May, RDA Endurance

To coincide with Endurance Week and the launch of this year’s RDA Endurance league, we hear from new National Lead for this increasingly popular activity, Gilly Roper.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kw6qcDH8QHCNr9XONbfnkg 

Next week: 27 May, Restarting RDA: Don’t wait for ‘normality’ to return

The process of restarting RDA sessions after a long break will require planning (and yes, undoubtedly some paperwork), even if COVID restrictions are eased and things feel largely back to normal – so it makes sense to start sooner rather than later. We look at the considerations for a safe and orderly restart.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aADeuzJoRx2WEsZKlTdjOQ

 

Coach Reflection cards

A recent CPD workshop for coaches highlighted the benefits of being able to reflect on sessions in a positive and productive way. In response, we have developed a series of reflection cards as part of our e-learning platform. These can be used at the end of the day on your own, but are just as useful worked through with others. Although developed for coaching, these are suitable for everyone involved in RDA sessions (participants, volunteers and coaches) and are available here: www.rda-learning.org.uk/courses/coach-reflection/

 
 
Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June

Just a heads up about Volunteers’ Week, as usual the first week of June. This year we will be using our Volunteer Wellbeing research to highlight the reasons people volunteer with RDA (and the benefits) and asking volunteers to share their own experiences with us. Anyone who wants to share their ‘why I volunteer’ stories can email Faye fmckenning@rda.org.uk  anytime between now and the end of Volunteers’ Week.

Equi-Scotia courses

Please find here information about courses which might be of interest to develop and deliver non-riding activities to support mental health and well-being: https://www.equi-scotia.com/our-events/

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

15 May 2021Horsescotland Update

Horsescotland Update

Covid Guidance Update - 13th May 2021

As I am sure you will be aware, the First Minister provided an update on COVID-19 and related restrictions on Tuesday, highlighting restriction changes from 17th May.

These can be summarised as follows:

Movement in Levels from Monday 17 May

Level 3: Moray is very likely to remain at Level 3. This decision will

be confirmed at the end of the week.

Level 2: The rest of the mainland, Skye and some islands will

move to Level 2 (The limit for gatherings inside private homes will

match that for inside public places - 6 people from 3 households.

No physical distancing will be required in homes and gardens.)

Level 1: Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, the Highland islands

with the exception of Skye, and the Inner Hebrides islands in

Argyll will move to Level 1.

The intention remains for the country to move to Level 1 on 7 June, and Level 0 on 28 June, however Scottish Government will be reviewing this position in the coming weeks.

Please find attached an updated Return to Sport & Physical Activity guidance document which is effective from 17th May 2021.

The key changes to note are:

Table A – ‘outdoor bubbles / participant maximum numbers’ now confirmed for Levels 0 - 2.

Level 3 – Bubbles of up to 30 with a maximum of 200 participants per day.

Level 2 – Bubbles of up to 50 with a maximum of 500 participants per day.

Level 1 – Bubbles of up to 100 with a maximum of 1000 participants per day.

Level 0 – Bubbles of up to 500 with no participant limit per day

Please Note: indoor bubbles/participant maximum numbers should be calculated by the facility operator based on Scottish Government guidance on the opening of sport and leisure facilities and its own risk assessment.

Definitions have been updated to include ‘competition’ and ‘events’. There are additional requirements around ‘events’ with regular SGB/club competition following the Return to Sport and Physical Activity Guidance while other ‘events’ follow Scottish Government event guidance and requirements.

Spectators are not permitted under Return to Sport guidance (only supervision) at this time. Spectators are permitted at ‘events’ which meet Scottish Government Events guidance requirements. We are currently in discussions with Scottish Government to ensure Return to Sport and Physical Activity guidance and Events Sector guidance align where possible.

The above is great news for the Scottish equestrian community and sees continued progression towards full resumption of activity.

Grant Turnbull

horsescotland Chair

https://www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

15 May 2021Scottish Disability Sport

 

Scottish Disability Sport is offering a series of workshops to support coaches, volunteers, and officials in returning to sport, focusing on topics identified as areas of need.

·  How do you feel as a coach, volunteer, or official returning to sport? 19th May, 4.00-5.00pm

·  Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport (CWPS) - 24 May, 5.00-8.00pm

·  Making the processes and procedures for a return to sport, straightforward and manageable - 2 June, 7.00-8.00pm

·  First Aid - 8 June, 6.00-8.00

·  Participants Return - 23 June, 6.00-7.00pm

Full details are in the attached flyer, or please contact admin@scottishdisabilitysport.com/ 0131 317 1130 if you have any queries. All of these workshops will be taking place virtually.

13 May 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I was sorry to hear about the death of Anne Birkmyre, former County Coach for Worcestershire and founder of Durrance and Kyre groups. Anne was a key figure in the early days of RDA holidays and was regularly involved in the Horsecare & Knowledge at the National Championships. Jeannie Bird, County Chair for Worcestershire says: “Anne was a shining light for RDA, especially in the early days, being totally committed with a never ending supply of love and support for horse and rider and amassing a huge bevy of friends over the years. When she wasn't rushing about the Region on coaching duties etc, Anne would always be a pair of willing hands to any group that was short of a helper. Quite simply, Anne was truly a wonderful and special lady who always saw the best in everyone.”

Our thoughts are with Anne’s family and her RDA friends at this time.

In other sad news, I heard this week about the passing of Barrow Farm RDA founder, Mary Mitchell, who died just before Christmas. Mary’s daughter Anne, who now runs the group (East Region), wrote a lovely obituary in the group’s newsletter. Do let me know if you would like a copy.

 

Side walkers

The Road to Restart Working Group can now confirm that one side walker from outside the rider’s household/bubble will be permitted to support the rider on the opposite side of the equine to the leader from late May (17 May in England, Scotland and Wales and 24 May in Northern Ireland).

The side walker and leader must be socially distanced by at least 1m at all times. They both must practice good hand hygiene and the side walker must wear a face covering over nose and mouth whilst in the session.  The leader must either look away from the rider and side walker at all times or wear a face covering, or can choose to do both.  As a reminder, if any volunteers are supporting any participants outside their household/ bubble they must be appropriately trained and with a green card.  The COVID-19 basic training record is only for household/bubble members supporting the rider they are in a household/bubble with. 

If the rider needs two side walkers then these both must come from the rider’s household/ bubble and (unless the leader is from the same household), the leader must face away from the rider and side walkers at all times or they must wear a face covering. The leader and the side walker on the same side must also aim to be socially distanced as much as possible.  This applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Two side walkers from outside the rider’s household/ bubble are permitted on the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey where physical distancing restrictions are no longer in force.  

The timing of this change is being tied to the level of confidence in each of the respective countries about permitting 2 households to meet indoors and/or to permit contact sport.

It is also proposed when legal limits on restrictions are removed, expected to be 21 June in England, then two side walkers from outside the rider’s household/ bubble will be permitted.  Dates for other home countries will be in step with removal of legal limits, these dates have not yet been announced.

    

New Rider Assessments

A number of groups have asked if they can assess new riders. The answer to this is yes!  When doing so, you should aim to be socially distanced as much as you can but if you have to breach social distancing, you should ensure you practice good hand hygiene (sanitise your hands before you come into contact with anyone and immediately afterwards) and must wear a face covering.

 

30-minute webinar

Next Thursday, 20 May, RDA Endurance

To coincide with Endurance Week and the launch of this year’s RDA Endurance league (see below), we hear from new National Lead for this increasingly popular activity, Gilly Roper.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kw6qcDH8QHCNr9XONbfnkg  

 

Tea with a Pony Conference – 19 May, 9-10:30am

A reminder to sign up this Zoom conference on Wednesday 19 May to mark the launch of Tea with a Pony.  The conference will focus on the benefits of equine experiences for people living with Dementia, and also how RDA are using the Dementia Friends initiative. Panellists include: Ally Rood (MRes in Horses for Dementia), Lorna Kook (Retired Occupational Therapist), Claire Jenkins (RDA UK Trustee) and Meg Hardman (Chair, Medical Equestrian Association and RDA Honorary Medic)

Register for the conference at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eXHBC1UiQnmNBgVPM6zNSg

Please share the details of this conference to anyone you think might be interested – from within and outside of RDA.

 

Endurance League

As we approach Endurance Week next week, a reminder about the RDA Endurance League, which is running until next April to allow as many groups as possible to take part. Participants can also use a mechanical horse (though they still need to take a real horse’s heart rate!). Carriage Driving groups can add Endurance to their activities.

Find out more about this hugely popular initiative here: www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/endurance/

 

Every Mind Matters

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and Every Mind Matters is updating its resources to help conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

RDA Phone lines – may be unavailable 13 May

We will be having our phone lines upgraded at National Office this Thursday 13 May.  This is to make it easier for you to get in contact with us as we know there have been problems with our existing system. It is likely that our phone lines will be unavailable during this process but we are unable to indicate when this may occur. If you need to contact someone this Thursday and you are unable to get through on the phone, please email us in the usual way.  If you are unsure of our emails, they can all be found here https://www.myrda.org.uk/about-rda/meet-the-team/

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

 

13 May 2021 National Championships

 

It is that time of the year, and whilst we are not able to meet in person, there is still the opportunity to refine your Dressage and Countryside Challenge entries and be creative in the Arts & Crafts classes. The link below will enable you to submit your entries via Horse Monkey:

 

https://horsemonkey.com/uk_horse_events_british_equestrian/76414/Edinburgh++Borders+Regional+Qualifiers_Riding+for+the+Disabled+Association+Headoffice

Once you have clicked on the link, you will need to either register your group, or log in if you have an account already. I would suggest that you log in as a group so that you only have to pay the admin fee (£1.50) once.

 

Please remember for Dressage and Countryside Challenge entries to record your tests twice so that one can be used for the RQ and one can be your National Championship entry without having to do it again after the RQ. For ease of reference I attach a copy of the 2021 Virtual RQ Schedule.

 

You will need to have your videos ready for Dressage, Countryside Challenge and Musical Rides, and photographs (up to 4) ready for your Arts & Crafts before you access and submit your entry into Horse Monkey. The videos for the Musical Rides and photographs for the Arts and Crafts entries can be used for both the Virtual RQ and Virtual National Championships. As stated earlier, you need to make separate recordings of Dressage and Countryside Challenge tests for the RQ and Nat Championships.

- Entries Close Sunday 27th June so there is plenty of time to practice and be creative.

 

For copies of the Dressage Tests and Countryside Challenge Course, top tips on how to make the best recordings, and lots of other useful information visit:

https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships/

 

Those groups who have travelled to the National Championships will have used Horse Monkey before, but if in doubt, do give me a shout and I will try to assist, or find someone who can. And let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Good luck!!

 

Kim

 

11 May 2021 “Disability, Mental Health and Me”.

Together with SAMH, the Scottish Disability Sport Young Start team has designed a series of workshops: “Disability, Mental Health and Me”. 

 

The workshops are free and there are a number of online workshops throughout May: 

 

13th May (6:30pm - 8pm): 

Disability, Mental Well-being and Me

 

Register here: https://sds.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=5C8717B91DD46EECF382B8130A440C955FD5DD65

 

20th May (6:30pm - 8pm): 

Disability, Identity and Me 

 

Register here: https://sds.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=23CE6CC7BEDDF5FFC05A1F9967A6D11AEE4A1457

 

27th May (6:30pm - 8pm) 

Disability, Self-Care and Me:  

 

Register here: https://sds.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=BDF44741CB4E03824938EAE905EC8F29391E9B46

 

Please see below for further information.

 

Disability, Mental Well-being and Me: 

 

This online workshop allows you to explore what mental health and well-being are, what it means to you and how it impacts you as well as the world around you. 

 

After you attend this workshop, you will have an enhanced understanding of your own mental well-being and be able to positively impact your personal mental health. 

 

Disability, Identity and Me: 

What does having a disability mean to you?

 

This identity session is to help people with disabilities explore and grow their identity and self-acceptance to enable them to celebrate their differences. This workshop will help participants to have a better understanding of barriers and opportunities that having a disability can hold and empower young people to engage in many different possibilities.

 

Disability, Self-Care and Me: 

 

This online self-care workshop allows you to discover what self-care means to you and how to use it to support your mental health. 

 

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to understand what a self-care plan is and now to create one which will help you maintain a positive mindset. 

 

Please contact Victoria Clark victoria@activeadvantage.org if you have any questions.

05 May 2021National Office Update

 Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday Weekend and, if you were meeting outdoors, that you survived whatever random Spring weather came your way.

Thanks to all the Regional Showjumping Reps attending tonight’s meeting with National Lead Sally-Anne O’Neill – and to you too, Sally, of course. I hope it goes well.

 

30-minute webinar

Tomorrow: 6 May, 7pm, Buying Equines

RDA Honorary Vet Nick Hart and Emma Baylis discuss the dos and don’ts of equine purchase. A group with recent experience of buying RDA horses will also share their advice.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rB17oRf9RIWxM9R2vMHrFw  

Next Thursday, 13 May, A week off!

Since I’m at least a day behind with everything this week, there is no webinar planned for next week. You can have the evening off - unless you’d like to volunteer to present one (that’s a serious request!), in which case please let me know in time for tomorrow’s email to groups.

Stella Hancock Award – a note from National Carriage Driving Lead, Eileen Cornish

Congratulations to Shifford Driving Group in the South Region for being awarded the Stella Hancock Award of £150 towards the training of a new coach for their group. I look forward to her joining the CD Coach ranks in the not-too-distant future once her assessment is completed.

 

That’s all this week. Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

28 April 2021National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I was very sorry to hear about the death of Jane Guilford, North West Regional Physiotherapist. Jane had been a hard working and dedicated volunteer with RDA for nearly thirty years, including as Chair of the Camsley Grange Group in Cheshire.

As a qualified Physiotherapist, as well as helping children during her working life, she willingly supported the riders across the North West Region and was a valued member of the Regional Committee. Jane leaves a legacy of positivity and sound advice, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her within RDA and beyond. Our thoughts go to her family at this sad time.

With thanks to Sheila Saner.

In happier news, I am delighted to welcome Kathy Mottershead as the new County Chair for Gloucestershire. Kathy is a coach and trustee at Watershed Group. She takes over from Caroline Longsdon. Thank you Caroline for everything you have done to support RDA UK over the years.

 
 

Opportunity to purchase horses

An email was circulated to Regional Chairs and RDA Group Contacts in England, Wales and Scotland yesterday, inviting groups to register their interest in purchasing horses from a large riding centre that is closing. Groups have until the end of today to complete the online form, which can be found here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAequines

A copy of my original email can be found on MyRDA here: www.myrda.org.uk/opportunity-to-buy-a-horse/

 
 

30-minute webinar

Tomorrow: 29 April, 7pm, RDA Insurance Explained

Richard Doubleday, Executive Chairman of Howdens Insurance Brokers discusses the RDA Insurance. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vAuxrSipS36DnO_yKbHayA

Next Thursday, 6 May, Buying Equines

RDA Honorary Vet Nick Hart and Emma Baylis discuss the dos and don’ts of equine purchase. A group with recent experience of buying RDA horses will also share their advice.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rB17oRf9RIWxM9R2vMHrFw  

 
 

Activity Levels survey

In order to help us understand activity levels within groups at the moment, we are issuing a survey to all signed-off groups by the end of this week. The survey will be similar to the one we carried out last October, and is invaluable for our negotiations with insurers, as well as finding out what percentage of our usual participant numbers we are currently able to work with.

The results will also be circulated to Regional Chairs to help with the local support you provide your groups. Please encourage your signed-off groups to take part.

 
 

‘Tea With a Pony’ Conference 19 May

As part of The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week #DAW2021, RDA will be hosting a Zoom conference on Wednesday 19 May to mark the launch of Tea with a Pony.  This conference will focus on the benefits of equine experiences for people living with Dementia, and also how RDA are using the Dementia Friends initiative. Panellists include: Ally Rood (MRes in Horses for Dementia), Lorna Kook (Retired Occupational Therapist), Claire Jenkins (RDA UK Trustee) and Meg Hardman (Chair, Medical Equestrian Association and RDA Honorary Medic)

Register for the conference at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eXHBC1UiQnmNBgVPM6zNSg

 
 

Introductory Offer to join Equestrian Employers Association

The Equestrian Employers Association provides support, resources and advice to employers in the equestrian industry. They provide a number of templates that you can use for your employment needs if you employ staff, such as a Contract Creator, Staff Handbook Creator, Health and Safety toolkit and Code of Good Employment as well as information on pensions and payroll to help you to be a compliant and Good Employer. They also have an employment advice helpline.  In addition, they have useful information and templates for those who need to have a Riding Establishments Licence.  They are offering a special introductory rate to RDA groups signing up for the first time of £37.50 per year compared to the usual £49.50. Please note this discount does not apply if you are already a member and please do not pass this on as this offer does not apply to anyone outside of RDA or with Accessibility Mark accreditation. More details here: https://equestrianemployers.org.uk/homeRDA

 
 

Horsefest cancellation

The organisers of Horsefest have sadly had to make the difficult decision to cancel the event this year, due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID restrictions.

If you have tickets (bought or won), please see the following message from their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HorseFestuk):  “We would like to encourage anybody who has purchased tickets or accommodation for this year’s event to roll them over and come party with us in 2022. For anyone who would prefer a refund, this can be arranged by logging onto their TicketSellers account (details are on the email sent to ticket holders). Those who have won tickets - these will transfer to next year’s HorseFest automatically.”

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

Caroline

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

28 April 2021Edinburgh & Borders Regional Qualifier Classes 2021

The Schedule for our virtual RQ and the one for the virtual Nat Champs taking place in September is now available.

The Schedule covers all the classes - Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Arts& Crafts and Musical Ride.  The Dressage Tests are available on MyRDA under National Championships/Dressage where you can download all the Tests and Scoresheets. The documents are available in pdf form under the competitions tab on the library page.

Further information will be provided as soon as we have confirmation that our Schedule has gone live on Horse Monkey and you can upload entries.  This does not stop you from starting to practice the tests and filming. 

Advice on where best to film a test is also available from My RDA under National Championships.

As you may recall from Sue Mack's talk on Countryside Challenge, to help you get an accurate and useful recording of the test, it is best for the person doing the filming to follow the participant round the course.  For those who were unable to attend the Forum, Sue as made a YouTube Clip which is available through the link on MyRDA which gives you a step by step guide to how to set up a course as well as what a judge will be marking.  To assist with this Sue has kindly sent through the two scoresheets that will be used for the event.  Sue will judge our entries and recommended that you record two separate videos at the same time, one for the RQ and one for the Nat Champs.  If you have any questions relating to Countryside Challenge, Sue is very happy to answer them.  Her email is:  suemackRDA@gmail.com .

 

Edinburgh & Borders Regional Qualifier Classes 2021

 

As you are aware in 2021 both the Regional Qualifiers and National Championships will be taking place virtually.

 

Please see below a list of the Dressage, Countryside Challenge, Arts & Crafts and Musical Ride classes for our Regional Qualifier.  Carriage Driving, Showing and Vaulting classes will have direct entry to the National Championships, and there is an opportunity to take part in the Endurance competition.

 

For the COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES please refer to RDA VIRTUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

 

There will be no Entry Fee for the 2021 Regional Qualifier with expenses covered by money raised by CHUFFS.

Each group will be required to pay a one-off £1.50 admin fee to access Horse Monkey.

 

Further Information

 

Horse Monkey is the entry system we will be using to enter and for you to upload your video(s).  You will be notified once the schedule has been uploaded onto Horse Monkey and is open for entries. 

The closing date for entries to all classes is Sunday 27th June 2021.

Riders who are new to dressage should be entered in one of the Introduction to Dressage Classes 1 to 4.

The winner in each qualifier class will qualify for the National Championships providing they score more than 60%.

In Dressage, two trophies will be awarded based on the best test ridden in the judges’ opinion. Riders placed first in their class are eligible. The Val Brown trophy is awarded to the best rider in the Introduction to Dressage Classes 1 to 4, and the Mark Headen trophy is awarded to the best rider in the Qualifying Classes 5 to 16.

For Countryside Challenge, a trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring Junior and Senior participant.

Please note that if a participant qualifies for the National Championships their contact details will be shared with RDA National Office.

Results will be publicised on the Regional Website http://www.rdasouthscotland.org.uk/ by Friday 9th July 2021.

 

PLEASE SEE VIRTUAL COMPETITION RESOURCES ON THE MYRDA WEBSITE:

Written guide for filming virtual competition entries for Regional Qualifiers and National Championships

Video guide for filming virtual competition entries for Regional Qualifiers and National Championships

Extra info can be found on the RDA You Tube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCrI8v8J0WoEXNCu25ktkm0Q

 

 

26 April 2021Horsescotland Update

 

Covid Guidance Update - 26th April 2021

Today sees some very long awaited normality resume to life in general.

From today, all restrictions for travel around Scotland, and across Britain, are lifted, including for sport and physical activity.

With mainland Scotland moving universally to Level 3, this sees 'field of play' bubbles increase to 30 and we await confirmation from sportscotland around increased event numbers for Levels 0-2. As soon as we have this information we will provide further update. It is anticipated that the vast majority of Scotland will move to Level 2 from Monday17th May and to Level 1 from Monday 7th June. The expectation is that later in June Level 0 will be achieved.

Again, I would like to extend thanks to horsescotland member bodies, venues, participants and to everyone within our Scottish equestrian community that has worked with our Equestrian Guidance throughout. It has been hard going, but today sees us emerge into sunlight from what has been a very long and dimly lit tunnel.

I wish you every success, and enjoyment, within your chosen activity for the forthcoming season.

Grant Turnbull

horsescotland Chair

Visit our website for full details https://www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

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