Mid Cheshire RDA open day!
The weather was great for the Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled’s first Open Day held at their base, New Barn Farm in Ollerton. The event was to thank supporters, and to further raise the profile of this local group.
The day was attended by more than 100 invited guests, and we were very pleased to welcome the Knutsford Mayor Councillor Stewart Gardiner and his Consort Councillor Simon Hutchence.
Nearly forty volunteers and riders took part, starting with a parade of all the ponies and horses that are ridden during the group activities.
This was followed by a demonstration of a typical riding lesson, given by Gill Maddocks, RDA Instructor, with 8 year old Cathy and Isabella.
Next was a display of side saddle riding to music, with our group organiser, Jeanette, Group Instructor, followed by Sean, who had great fun showing us exercises on horseback,to improve balance whilst riding. He rode Mac Two, who was donated to us last year by Manchester Airport Community Trust.
During the break, visitors were able to see the ponies, and specialist equipment used.Committee members and volunteers were on hand to answer questions about the groups’s activities.
After the break, Mary Leigh rode a dressage test.
As Mary is partially sighted all were amazed when her guide dog was brought in , as to ride and put your trust in your horse is some feat! Most spectators had not realised that Mary is registered blind.
Mary together with Isobel Slack and Jeanette Dixon, were competitors last week at the RDA Regional Qualifier Competition, and all qualified for the National finals in July
Two shetland ponies belonging to Linda Rose were the next to be shown in their ‘day job’ as on a Tuesday they spend the morning being ridden by our riders from special schools. They were driven by Michael Hodgson, who competes with them and holds the Junior National title in driving.
Claire and Charlotte then rode two of the ponies over show jumps, with a very quick arena party erecting and putting away the course.
The final display was a very well ridden ride to music, by four riders who regularly ride at New barn and are also volunteers with the group.
The day demonstrated the versatility of the ponies, horses, and riders within the group, and showed the amount of work put in by the volunteers.
Pam, owner of New Barn, gave thanks for the time given by all the volunteers both before and on the day, to make this a successful Open Day.
For more information please visit http://www.midcheshirerda.org/