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Congratulation to Daisy Britnell

September 5, 2023 jillf 0

Daisy Britnell, a Garsington independent rider competed at the National Championships and was placed 3rd in the G7 canter class, which is a tremendous achievement for Daisy.

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Saddles looking for a new home

September 5, 2023 jillf 0

Maidensgrove RDA have some surplus saddles, which they would be very happy to donate to another RDA Group, and if not too far, would be happy to deliver.
1 Thorowgood brown leather and suede 17.1/2 medium wide
1 Black Wintec similar size
1 Caprilli Bates Black similar size
1 felt pony saddle pad
We also have one very old brown saddle which is a narrow fit.
If you are interested, please contact Ann Short on [email protected]

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New Chair Elect of RDA UK

August 13, 2023 jillf 0

The Board of RDA UK are delighted to announce the appointment of Helena Vega-Lozano as Chair Elect.
Helena will bring extensive experience and expertise to RDA having served in roles across the private
sector and not-for-profit; and a strong connection to our mission through her lifelong passion for
horses, animals, and the natural world.

As a senior Partner and Consulting Board member at Deloitte, Helena leads the Sustainability
practice across the Finance and Supply Chain business. During her seventeen years as a Partner with
Deloitte, Helena has led numerous programmes for clients, ranging from governance reviews and
designing Board strategy and KPIs through to performance management, HR and talent
management, risk management and controls, and driving technology and digital change.

Helena is also Chair of the Trustees at Mare and Foal (an equine rescue charity) and is a Volunteer
Counsellor for Childline (NSPCC) handling front line calls and digital engagement with young people
using the Childline service.

Helena is excited to join RDA and looking forward to meeting the RDA community over the coming
“I am very much looking forward to meeting and listening to the wonderful RDA participants,
volunteers and staff, and building my understanding of everything you do, so that together we can
harness our collective knowledge and experience to enrich the lives of even more disabled people
through horses.
As a trustee, it is a privilege to be able to blend my business experience with my passion for equines.
There are many parallels between the federated structure of RDA and the network of national and
regional practices within Deloitte, and I am looking forward to drawing on this to help shape the
vision and direction of RDA for the future.’
Helena has recorded a short video to introduce herself. You can watch it here.

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Berkshire Training Day

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Monday 25th September 2023
Newbury RDA
Wild Court Stud
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN

To book your place please download the booking form and reply reply to Jenny Whiteman ([email protected]) or 07740 708 661


9.30 Coffee and Registration

10 (prompt) Proficiency Tests 1 – 4 Workshop by Theresa Drake, South Region Coach
Coaching coaches to prepare riders for proficiency tests and verify
standards needed.
The Region needs more Examiners.
CPD towards RDA qualification

Special Demonstrations of grade 2 by blind rider(TVI)

12.30 End ( soup, bread & cheese will be available)

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Wellington and Dummer Fun Day

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Wellington and Dummer Fun Day – 21st June

The day consisted of the Introduction to Dressage Tests 2 and 4, Handy Pony and the Walk in the Woods.

The Wyfold Group have sent an account of the day together with these wonderful photos of their riders, their families and volunteers, giving a thumbs up to the RDA at the Wellington and Dummer Fun Day.

“It proved to be a very enjoyable and rewarding day and well worth the effort of ‘getting it all together!’. The smiles of our riders and the happy faces of our parents were our biggest reward.

These sorts of occasions are very important as they produce memories to be cherished and experiences to be valued.

Sadly only 2 teams turned up, which was a great shame as these events take an awful lot of planning and organisation. However, it did mean that Wyfold carried home a heap of trophies and rosettes which delighted their riders and families.”

We hope Wellington and Dummer organise a Fun Day next year and more groups can go to support such a great day out.