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* RDA Regional Dressage Sunday 26th May 2019 Results

HRH Princess Anne launches 50th anniversary tartan
for Riding for the Disabled Association in Scotland

A new tartan has been produced by Lachcarron of Scotland in celebration of 50 years of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) providing therapy through horses. The tartan was launched at an Anniversary event in Edinburgh by RDA President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. The Princess met with volunteers and participants from around the country and was presented with her very own RDA tartan scarf by brothers Andrew and William McLeod.

In addition to launching the tartan, the event was an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of RDA in Scotland. There are 54 individual RDA groups in the country, supporting almost 3000 adults and children with physical and learning disabilities to benefit from horses. In her address to guests, The Princess thanked the volunteers - over 2,500 in Scotland - without whom RDA would not be possible. She acknowledged the whole team effort that it takes to help make such a real difference to people’s lives through riding and carriage driving.

Kim McCutcheon, Edinburgh and Borders Regional Chair for RDA, said “The tartan has been designed to incorporate the charity’s colours and it was lovely to launch it at a special celebration alongside our wonderful volunteers and participants. It would be fantastic to see the tartan worn across the whole of the UK and by purchasing a scarf you are helping to support another 50 years of therapy through horses.”

The event was kindly held at the People’s Postcode Lottery office in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Clara Govier, managing director of People’s Postcode Lottery said ‘It has been a honour to support Riding for the Disabled in celebrating their fiftieth year here in Scotland, and see the launch of their new tartan. They are an incredible charity, working across Britain to improve the lives of thousands of people. They are hugely popular with the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and have received over £2.5 million in funding since 2013.’

Celebrations for RDA’s 50th anniversary are continuing throughout the year around the UK.




Congratulations to Susie Elliot,
deserving winner of the Horse Scotland
award for outstanding contribution
to RDA over the last 50 years.


Read more about the Horse Scotland Awards here

Regional Dressage Competition RESULTS here..

President’s Award for BORDER GROUP Volunteer

The Border Group are delighted to announce that Irene Jones has been selected to receive an
RDA President’s Award which will be presented to her by HRH, the Princess Royal.

This award has been given for over 30 years of amazing dedication to both Group and Region.

Irene has been Group Secretary and Treasurer and was a key figure in building our Centre.
She was also Regional Treasurer and part of the fundraising team.

Irene still volunteers for us on a Tuesday and is always there for us whatever the occasion.

Report from: RDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (July 13th-15th) 2018

The Border Group had a fantastic trip to the 'Nationals' with the little black horse Domino.

SATURDAY Jane, dressage Championship Grade 1-6 (walk & Trot) 3rd place with 74.72%
and Dianne, from Ravelrig RDA Group in the same class 10th (having only previously ridden Domino 3 times!)
Jane, Freestyle, Grade 1-6 (walk & trot) 1st with 72%

SUNDAY Margaret, Grade 1 Championship finished in 2nd place with 75.88% and with the Freestyle 2nd place with 72%
AND also 4th in the turnout class with a mark of 86.

A huge thanks to our coach Claire Marshall and to Hannah (Margarets Daughter) for looking after Domino and for all the help & support over the weekend. Thank you to the Region for their funding as without that it wouldn't have happened.

Jane, in the warm up arena

Margaret & Domino ready for action

Hannah & Margaret collecting their 4th place rosettes, from
Championships Chairman Anne Coney
, for the turn out class.

There is a lovely article about Margaret in the Horse & Hound Horse & Hound Article
Tales from the RDA Champs: ‘Riding gives me a different perspective’

More photos on our Twitter page here

The volunteers and participants from the Border Group, at
the Regional Dressage Competition, with their rosettes & trophies!


Congratulations to Margaret Morgan MBE who was awarded the Birt Spooner Cup by HRH Princess Anne!

I'm sure everyone will agree that Margaret's service has certainly been outstanding: transformative, dedicated and tireless.



Exciting New Partnership

RDA becomes an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We're pleased to announce that RDA has partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to become and Approved Activity Provider for the Volunteering Section of the Award. This means individuals looking to complete their award can approach an RDA group confident that their volunteering opportunity will count towards the award and be of a good quality.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a national Award Scheme designed to enable young people to develop new skills, promote self-confidence and to expand their horizons.  It has been going for almost 60 years and key aspect of the award is getting involved as a volunteer with a charity or community organisation. To achieve this section, many young people choose to become an RDA Volunteer.  

Want to get Involved?

Whether you are already running a successful DofE programme or are just getting started you can use this accreditation to promote volunteering at your group.

Download our factsheet to find out how being a DofE AAP can benefit your group.

If you would like to benefit from the DofE AAP status please sign up HERE and we will send you an information pack to get started including an introduction to DofE e-learning opportunity and the DofE's AAP Logos which you can use with your publicity.



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