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Congratulations to John-James Entwistle who was presented with the Rachel Plumbe Cup on 6th June by South Region Chair, Frances Lochrane. The Rachel Plumbe Cup is awarded once a year to a participant who has achieved much, despite challenging and difficult conditions.

John-James Entwistle who has  rare genetic disease that resulted in sight loss at the age of 12, an ongoing progressive loss of hearing and with other issues associated with the condition.  JJ started riding with Andover RDA in January 2022 at the age of 27.  Despite no previous riding experience, only being able to ride once a fortnight and being coached in a group situation he has made huge progress due to his positive outlook and ‘can do’ approach to everything; his answer to anything you ask him to do is ‘I’ll give it a go’ or ‘I’ll try’.  He can now mount and dismount with minimal help and is starting to ride more independently.

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Sunday 21 May
Berkshire College of Agriculture

Congratulations to all those who competed at the South Region Qualifier. It was a fabulous day and so lovely to see so many competitors representing a wide range of our groups in the South Region. A huge amount of effort goes into entering these competitions, so a big thank you to everyone who was involved.

Please see below for links to the results.

Here is the link to the photographs from the day: Events attended by LRG Photography (


Equine Vaccinations for Championships

Due to the shortages of equine influenza vaccine supply in the last year, Hartpury have confirmed that they will only require the last influenza vaccination to have been administered within twelve months of the National Championships in 2023, so long as the preceding vaccinations have been administered according to RDA policy.

Please see RDA Rulebook for further information on the MyRDA National Championships page.

Endurance at the National Championships 2023

We will be holding a 1km, 2km, 3km and 5km Endurance rides at National Championships this year. Endurance provides an excellent hack around the magnificent grounds at Hartpury as well as promoting equine welfare and offers a new and exciting challenge for participants. For more information on this see MyRDA Endurance page.

Virtual National Championships – Schedule Now Available

The schedule for the Virtual National Championships is now available to download here. All the information you need and how to enter can be found in the schedule.

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April 1, 2023 jillf 0

Update from the RDA Board

We would like to share an announcement on behalf of the RDA Board. It is with great sadness that we announce the separate resignations of both Kathryn England, CEO and Rachel Medill, Chair of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).  We understand this will come as a shock to many of you. The full statement can be read on website here.

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Oxfordshire County Coach Training Morning

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The Abingdon Group, Lower Lodge Riding Centre  Southmoor, OX13 5H on Sunday 22nd October 2023

We hope our training morning offers some interesting demonstrations and advice that will help you with your coaching.

  • 9.30    We will meet for coffee.  Just bring yourselves and appropriate clothing for a morning in the riding school.
  • 10.00     Frances Lochrane .Regional Chair.
  • 10.15    Hannah Sheehan .How Osteopathy can benefit the  horse and the rider.
  • 11.00    Nona Dane. Moving on from walk to trot and benefits to rider

The morning will finish with sandwiches and coffee to give everyone the opportunity to discuss the morning’s session and ask any questions

            This is only for Coaches or Coaches in training, not volunteers.

To book your place, please download the booking form and return it to:

Mrs. Evelyn Bracey , Home Farm, Woolley, Wantage, OX128NL. Email: [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

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All information about RDA events can be found on the MyRDA Events page. Don’t forget, the MyRDA Events page is regularly updated with upcoming workshops, training, and more!