It's been a while since we've updated our website and today we launch our updated site with a refreshed look. We hope you take a look around and let us know what you think. Looking ahead, we will use this site along with our Facebook and Instagram pages to let you know what we are up to.
A lot has happened since our last post about the Royal Visit. After all the disruption of the last couple of years, we were able to run a normal season this year, starting in April finishing at the end of October before the weather turned. We were able to support 38 regular weekly participants throughout the season and in addition to our regular participants, we held taster sessions for 48 members of Diversified, which is a local charity who support autistic and neurodivergent young people. We had 84 volunteers throughout the season helping to deliver the service. Our dedicated team of volunteers are truly special and we appreciate every moment of their time they give to the group.
The simple pleasure of working with horses is the cornerstone of all RDA’s activities and as with other seasons we have had some challenges when some of our horses and ponies became injured. However, somehow we always find a way and this season was no exception. Despite some of our herd having prolonged periods of R&R, we were still able to provide sessions for all our participants. Flexibility is always key.
We have now finished for this year and will re-open in the Spring. Over the winter we do have some large maintenance tasks with the biggest is refreshing our arena. The current arena has served us well but the surface and fencing is now at the end of it's life. This will be a huge project that requires a lot of funding so securing funds is a top priority. If you know people or organisations that can help us, we'd love to hear from you! Look out for further updates and news as we embark on refreshing our arena.
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