19 September 2020RDA UK Update 17 September

RDA UK Update 17 September

This bulletin contains:

Survey about activity levels/closure

Ed Bracher Webinar

COVID-19 updates

Microchipping deadlines

Brilliant person award

Last email bulletin

Group survey into activity levels

We’d be grateful for 5 minutes of your time to complete our questionnaire into activity levels and continued group closures. All groups can take part, but ideally just one submission per group please. The aim of the survey is two-fold: to give us a snapshot of participant activity across the organisation, and to ensure we have a complete picture of the various factors that are making it difficult for other groups to start back. Both of these will help us provide better support to groups and provide useful information for the wider equestrian, sport and volunteer sectors.

Please choose who will fill it in from your group (the questions are straightforward but you’ll need a working knowledge of activities on site or decision-making at your group). The link for the survey is: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAActivityLevels

It opens today and will close at the end of the month. Thank you.

RDA Chief Executive Webinar

A reminder to sign up for the latest webinar from Chief Executive Ed Bracher, which takes place on Friday at 2pm.  Ed will be talking about the very different place RDA is in compared to a usual September, and how RDA is preparing for the challenges ahead.

You sign up to watch live at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pX-QsVt4QnaqCOnyMWE80w  or watch the recording afterwards.

COVID-19 Updates

Since our last bulletin there have been changes to the general guidance with the introduction of the rule of six in both Scotland and Wales.  This does not change any restrictions to our activities. This is detailed in the latest update at the top of the Getting Started After Lockdown page.

Microchipping Deadlines

There are a number of microchipping deadlines looming that you need to be aware of. From these dates it will be mandatory for all horses, ponies and donkeys to be microchipped:

England: 1 October 2020
Scotland: 28 March 2021
Wales: 12 February 2021

There is currently no deadline for Northern Ireland.

Comprehensive information is available viaBritish Equestrian. If you have any queries, please contact your Regional Equine Advisor, Regional Vet, contact details available here, or Emma Bayliss ebayliss@rda.org.uk.

Brilliant Person Award and #RDAShoutOuts

Entries are streaming in for our Brilliant Person Award, which will be presented on AGM day, 6 November. Nominations are welcome until 2 October from around the organisation so please share the link with your whole team:www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9L6QD99

Those of you on Twitter following @RDAnational will be spotting our daily #RDAShoutOuts. Keep your suggestions coming in (even if you’re not on Twitter yourself), by emailing cward@rda.org.ukor DM on Twitter.

Last email bulletin

Since lockdown, we have been updating you with these email bulletins to keep you informed in a timely manner during this fast changing situation. We have tried to keep these emails as concise and relevant as possible throughout this period.

As we all know, the crisis is by no means over, but the pace of change has slowed (at least for the time being), and the type of information groups need has changed depending on their ability to restart.

From next week, we will be replacing these bulletins with a weekly email, issued on Thursdays, to keep all groups up to date with news from RDA UK.

Alert bulletins will only be issued if situations arise that need immediate action.

As you know, we update our guidance on MyRDA as soon as possible after any change in government (and devolved government) advice. This will continue to be the best place to go to for groups returning to activity and looking for guidance on best practice and new ideas.


15 September 2020RDA Activities & The Rule of Six

RDA activities are unaffected by the rule of six as confirmed by Horse Scotland (part of Sportscotland) on the 14th Sep 20. 

The link below will take you to the complete document on MyRDA which is updated by the NO team as soon as information is received. 


The two key points are:

Each group should nominate a Covid Officer.  Many of you are already a good way down the road to completing all the necessary tasks.  There is guidance on the role provided on MyRDA, Getting Started. 

The dispensation from SportScotland, provided for a participant with a disability who required functional support (I read this to be mounting/dismounting etc) to enable their participation in physical activity and sport can be provided without maintaining physical distancing but additional mitigating actions (masks, gloves, avoiding eye contact, minimum contact etc) must be implemented.

Please do keep checking MyRDA, Getting Started as it is being regularly updated 

14 September 2020Seth's Picnic Story

 Seth, an 8-year-old rider from Tweeddale Rideability Group wrote this story about the groups 50th Anniversary picnic ride last year.

The cake he mentions in the story was made by one of the parents who is also a trustee and has edible models of each of our horses! 


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