General News and Information

Notice of the RDA AGM – 18th November.

Notice and voting information for the RDA Annual General Meeting was sent out last week to Member Groups, RDA UK Board Members, Regional Chairs, HRH The Princess Royal, and Honorary Life Vice Presidents. If you should have received notice but have not, or you know of a Group that have not received notice, please check your spam folder in the first instance and if you still have not received the email, please contact Brigitta on [email protected].

If you intend to come to the AGM following your invite, please can you let Brigitta know, either via email ([email protected]) or phone (01926 405964).

The RDA Creative Writing Competition is coming soon!

We will be offering three classes of creative writing for participants to enter our Creative Writing Competition; a poem, a letter or a short story, and the theme for each class is simply ‘RDA’. Entries could be a story about an exciting moment experienced at an RDA Group, or a poem about a favourite RDA horse or pony.

The competition is free to enter and open to all ages and abilities. Full details of how to enter will be available soon, but in the meantime, please spread the word to participants so they can think about making a start on their written pieces.

Christmas Cards

Should you wish to support RDA this Christmas through the purchase of our Christmas Cards, you can purchase through Care Cards. RDA will receive 25% of all the sales of cards and other items. Care Cards have a wide selection of over 150 cards to choose from, and there are plenty of horsey cards to pick from. RDA groups can purchase cards with a 10% discount using the code RDA Christmas at the online check out. The code will work twice per person.

View the selection and purchase cards here:

Training Opportunities

RDA Groundwork & Sensory Awareness Training Day – RDA National Training Centre, Monday 7th November – open to volunteers and coaches.

Date: 07/11/22 (Monday)

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: RDA National Training Centre

Join Rhona Harkness, Occupational Therapist and RDA’s Training and Education Lead Karen Thompson where we will be exploring RDA Groundwork ideas and sharing with you our plans of the Groundwork Coaches module. Rhona will also introduce you to her new sensory resources to support with the facilitation of therapy and/or coaching sessions in the equine setting. There will be practical elements to this day, so please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear.

Book here:



Congratulations to all the teams who entered and very well done to RDA Horse Rangers Association (Hampton Court) who came first, Park Lane second, Penniwells third,  Lambourn fourth, Stella Hancock driving group fifth and Chalkdown sixth.
A big thank you to The Windsor Lions who sponsor this competition and who present every team with a cheque for £150.00.
The Lambourn Group’s Entry – Gardeners World.


Please also refer to the website

Road to Restart

Hopefully many groups have now re-started or have plans in place to do so. If your group has already been signed-off to restart activity by RDA National Office, there is no need to reapply after local or national lockdowns to continue with the approved activities.  However, as and when you plan to reopen, please email [email protected] to let us know, so that we can ensure that we are aware, and that you can be given the support you need.

If you are looking for recorded webinars and other ‘how to’ videos visit the MyRDA YouTube Channel :  


Any resources with changes are clearly dated and any key changes affecting actions in a group have been written in blue.  Groups do not need to make any retrospective changes to anything already completed.

All resources on this and the other Road to Restart pages have been developed by a working party of RDA staff, group/regional volunteers and trustees, who will continue to meet and agree amendments and additions to resources, as government guidance inevitably changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do talk them through with your Regional Chair, Regional Coach or email the RDA National Office team: [email protected]

Please keep safe.

RDA’s policy is that Groups, volunteers and participants should continue to refer to and follow the current official Government advice. You can find this, and more information, here: This page will always contain the most up to date information. We will therefore not be reprinting this information in our own messages, to avoid out of date advice circulating.

The NHS website also provides guidance on the symptoms, how the disease is spread, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs. You can view this at

Coach reviews, First Aid and Safeguarding Updates

We understand that some training or reviews have a deadline attached to them to enable your coaches and volunteers to continue supporting your group. For the time being, we are issuing 6 month extensions on coach reviews and first aid courses.

Whilst safeguarding training should be updated every three years and alternated between face-to-face and on-line, if anyone is due to update their safeguarding and it should be face to face, they can either:

  • Delay face to face training for up to 6 months i.e. by end of September


  • Update online, providing face to face training is then attended within 12 months.

Please be assured; we have run this by our insurers who have agreed the extensions in the current circumstances.

Coach assessments

We advise postponing all coach assessments for the foreseeable future. We know this will be a frustration for the coaches affected, but we must prioritise the health of everyone involved, including the riders and volunteers who would be needed. This will mean the coaches will need to continue to be supervised until such time the assessments can be rescheduled.

Closed groups

Understandably, many RDA groups have now taken the difficult decision to close. We fully support this action and know it has not been made lightly. The impact on participants will be significant, as well as for volunteers, for whom RDA provides an important community.

We will continue to support groups as much as possible during this difficult time. There will be a few staff in the office and the majority will be working from home, but please continue to contact us – by email wherever possible.

National Office

National Office remains open, but will be operating with a skeleton staff in the office, with the majority of staff working from home. Please contact us by email wherever possible at [email protected].

Staying safe

Most importantly, we urge you and everyone involved at your group to prioritise their own health and wellbeing. This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and there is still a lot of change to come. We will do our very best to stay in regular contact, to support you and your community as much as possible, and we wish you all the very best of health and good luck in the coming weeks.


Please refer to the Training Page for details of Training days.


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