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News at the South Dartmoor Riding for the Disabled Association
The South Dartmoor RDA Group have suspended riding for the 2017 season due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working towards riding again from April 2018.

Donation from Plymouth Ladies Lions Club July 2016

A huge thank you to Plymouth Ladies Lions Club, who presented our Chair, Lesley with a cheque for 300 towards our new shed and coffee table.  We appreciate their hard work, raising money for their chosen charities and we feel very priviledged that we have been chosen this year.

Annual Helpers Night & AGM 2016

We held our Annual helpers’ night social evening and AGM on Tuesday 13th August 2016, again at The Lopes Arms, Roborough. Many of our volunteers
attended and an excellent buffet was enjoyed by all afterwards.
Many thanks everyone for attending and making the evening a success.

We also had a visit from Elizabeth Dill, County Chairman who spoke to the group  Thank you Elizabeth for supporting us.
 

AGM minutes will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

Plymouth Post Office Fun Day Fund Raisers

A big thank you to the 'Fun Day Fund Raisers who have been fundraising throughout the year for the RDA and other charities. Pauline and Lesley attended the presentation in November and were presented with a cheque for £1000. Pauline and Lesley were also given tea and lovely cakes and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. Thank you again, we really appreciate your generous donation.

         

Annual Helpers Night & AGM 2015

We held our Annual helpers’ night social evening and AGM on Tuesday 18th August 2015 at The Lopes Arms, Roborough. Many of our volunteers
attended and an excellent buffet was enjoyed by all afterwards.
Many thanks everyone for attending and making the evening a success.

Helper's Evening October 2014

An evening at the Lopes Arms, Roborough to thank all the helpers for making a successful season for all our riders.

A BIG thank you from the Comittee

Thank you to all the helpers who attended and a big thank you for all the hard effort you have put in through out the year to support our riders. We couldn't do it without you.

A BIG THANK YOU to the Santander Foundation, another £200 donation, making £800 in total.

Last year the Foundation donated £600 to the group, they have now boosted it this year with a further £200.

The local branch at Plymstock Broadway recently visited the group to present the cheque and photos of this event can be seen on this link Santander.

Thank you to Kerry and all her staff for supporting us.

Dennis supports the group on his 81st birthday with a nice donation.

Dennis Newdick, Laura Body's Grandpa recently celebrated his 81st birthday at the Elburton Inn, Elburton with some cruise friends from Sue's salsa group.

He decided that at 81 he is still too old to have presents and asked that people gave a donation to our group.

A big thank you to everyone, he has raised £125.

A very big thank You Dennis and the salsa group.

Helper’s Evening – 1st October 2013 at the Devon Tors, Yelverton

A Helper’s Evening was held at the Devon Tors, Yelverton to thank the volunteers who turn up every Tuesday through the summer months to assist our riders. The Devon Tors provided us with a lovely buffet, which was enjoyed by all of us.

Thank you all for coming along and thank you again to the helpers, we can’t do it without you!!!

South Dartmoor RDA Barn Dance 2013 - Another great event!

On Friday 14th June 2012, we held yet another fun packed barn dance at the Weston Mill Oak Villa Sports & Social Club, Plymouth.

Yet again Martin the caller tried with great spirit to control an enthusiastic crowd. About 100 people moved to the sounds of some great barn dancing music. Watch videos on you tube - Video 1

Pictures on the Gallery page

I think we all agree a great evening was held and with everyone's support we managed to raise an amazing -

£650.76

Again a big thank you to Martin, the staff at the social club (especially Debbie who donated her time to the group), Ginsters and everyone who donated raffle prizes and supported the event.

The committee can assure you that all the proceeds will be ploughed back in to the riders, as that is what the South Dartmoor RDA is about.

Handy Pony Evenings 2013

We had two very successful evenings for our Handy Pony Event in August.

Luckily the weather held out for both of them and each rider enjoyed receiving a rosette at the end of their ride, followed by drinks and snacks for all.

The raffles raised a very generous amount of £60.80.

After expenses taken out we made a profit of £11.84.

A special thank you to Lynn for organsing and running the event.

Thank you to everyone who donated prizes. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers and helpers who worked very hard to make the rides ‘different’ and ‘unique’ from our usual evenings.

Photos on the Gallery page

Saltram Rotary Club

A big thank you to all the members of the Saltram Rotary Club for their hard work and donation to the group.

We all know that the Rotary Clubs work hard to raise funds for various charities and it is greatly appreciated that they have chosen to support our group this year.

Pauline Whitfield, our riding co-ordinator recently received a cheque from the Club for £500 at the Staddon Heights Golf Club, towards new riding equipment for the group.

St Andrews C of E Primary School

A big thank you to the pupils, staff & parents of the school for raising £125 during their World Book Day event.

They dress up in their favourite costumes to support the event and raised a great amount to help our riders

DAD - Disabled Activity Day - Plymouth Hoe
1st June 2013

A Big thanks to Jane Ford, our secretary for promoting the South Dartmoor RDA group at the DAD on Plymouth Hoe.

Karen, Laura & myself visited the event and Jane was doing a great job promoting our group.

Well Done jane, more details at:

http://www.radioplymouth.com/gallery/disabled-activity-day-2013

An 80 years young man supports the group with a huge donation.

Dennis Newdick, Laura Body's Grandpa recently celebrated his 80th birthday at the Rose & Crown, Yealmpton with all his family and friends from around the country.

He decided that at 80 he was too old to have presents and asked that people gave a donation to our group.

A big thank you to everyone as he has raised £435.

A very big thank You Dennis and a very happy 80th.

A £600 BIG THANK YOU to the Santander Foundation

A big thank you to the Santander Foundation for supporting our group.

The local branch at Plymstock Broadway recently put our application forward to support our group and we have received a sum of £600 towards new equipment for the 2013 season.

Thank you to Kerry and all her staff for supporting us.

RDA Riding Olympics August / September 2012

Two very successful evenings were held for A and B group, where we had our own very special Olympics Evening. Everybody dressed in red, white and blue, with flags around the ring for decoration! Our riders experienced the ‘Relay’, ‘Shot-put’, ‘Sprint’, ‘High Jump’ and ‘Hurdles’ and were awarded an Olympics Medal at the end of the ride, which they could eat!! Each rider each had a ‘score card’ to take home for their events. A big thank you to all who helped organise a great event, especially Lynne, Jodie and Margaret.

South Dartmoor RDA Barn Dance 2012 - Who thought that 2011 could be beaten, well it was with this year's Barn Dance:

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On Friday 29th June 2012, we held another fantastic barn dance at the Weston Mill Oak Villa Sports & Social Club, Plymouth

The ever fantastic Martin the caller tried with great spirit to control an even more rowdy crowd than last year of about 110 people and get them moving in time and co-ordination with the music. Let's just say he was crying with laughter along with the rest of us. Watch videos on you tube - Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3

Pictures on the Gallery page

I think we all agree a great evening was held and with everyone's support we managed to raise an amazing -

£721.02

A big thank you to Martin, the staff at the social club (especially Debbie who donated her time to the group), Ginsters and everyone who donated raffle prizes.

The committee can assure you that all the proceeds will be ploughed back in to the riders, as that is what the South Dartmoor RDA is about.


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

Due to the great support we have received for the group, we have been awarded £683 from the Evening Herald £££ for People giveaway.

A big thank you to everyone who sent the coupons in for th South Dartmoor Riding for the Disabled group and to The Herald, Devon Community Foundation & Plymouth Drake Foundation for supporting local charities in the community.

Thanks to this support, a kind reader of the Evening Herald has given a private donation of £400. This person has also supported 2 other causes supported by the Herald. A BIG thank you to this person in supporting us.

They wanted to support a charity which relied totally on the support of others and was involved with the fresh air environment.

Follw this link for more information about the Plymouth Drake Foundation - £££'s for People Winners

More information can be found on the website at:

http://www.theheraldpoundsforpeople.moonfruit.com/

Handy Pony Evenings

We had two very successful evenings for our Handy Pony Event.

Luckily the weather held out for both of them and each rider enjoyed receiving a rosette at the end of their ride, followed by drinks and snacks for all.

The raffles raised a very generous amount of £67.05.

After expenses taken out we made a profit of £48.18

A special thank you to Lo for donating cakes on both evenings.

Thank you to everyone who donated prizes. Also thank you to all the volunteers and helpers who worked very hard to make the rides ‘different’ and ‘unique’ from our usual evenings.

Helper’s Evening – 25th September 2012 at the Lopes Arms, Roborough

A Helper’s Evening was held at the Lopes Arms Roborough for the second year to thank the volunteers who turn up every Tuesday through the summer months to assist our riders. Again, the Lopes Arms provided us with a lovely buffet, which was enjoyed by all of us.

Thank you all for coming along and thank you again to helpers, we can’t do it without you!!!

 

Helper's Evening 2011

We had a very enjoyable event at the Lopes Arms, Roborough in October.

Thank you to all the helpers who attended and a big thank you for all the hard effort you have put in through out the year to support our riders. We couldn't do it without you.

The Lopes Arms provided us with a very nice buffet, which was enjoyed by all.

Due to the success of the evening, we hope to hold this event again next year to show our appreciation to you, the Helpers.

Thank you from the Committee and the Riders.

South Dartmoor RDA Barn Dance - What a hoot!

On Friday 17th June 2011, we held a barn dance at the Weston Mill Oak Villa Sports & Social Club, Plymouth

Martin the caller tried with great spirit to control a rowdy crowd of about 90 people and get them moving in time and co-ordination with the music. Let's just say he was crying with laughter along with the rest of us. Watch a video on you tube

I think we all agree a great evening was held and with everyone's support we managed to raise an amazing -

£557.61

A big thank you to Martin, the staff at the social club, Ginsters and everyone who donated raffle prizes.

 

The committee can assure you that all the proceeds will be ploughed back in to the riders, as that is what the RDA is about.

 

More pictures....

The New Mounting Block

Haley using new mounting block

The above picture shows one of our riders using the new mounting block. This has been installed after support from our recent donations. Thank you to all who have helped us in this fund raising appeal.

A Big Thank You

After a recent telephone call, we would like to say a big thank you to 'The George and Margaret Trotter Charitable Trust' for their kind donation to the group of £750.

This donation will be used to finance the purchase of new hats and stirrups for the next season to continue the high standards set by the group to ensure the riders have an enjoyable and safe ride.


South Dartmoor RDA Quiz Night

On 1st October 2010, at the BT Social Club, Manadon, we held our 4th quiz and this was easily our most successful. I know my voice was dodgy on the night, but from the feedback I have already had, it went well. Certainly from the group's point of view it was an overwhelming success. Click for Results (opens in a new page).

On behalf of myself and the whole committee, I wish to thank everyone who took part and supported us. As I said on the night, every penny raised, goes back into the running of the group. Everyone who assists, does it for the pleasure of helping our riders and seeing them have a great time.

We would like to thank everyone who helped on the night and donated prizes and thanks to Jenny at Tesco's for arranging more prizes for us. Also a big thank you to Lesley, who managed to get pasties supplied to us by the Oggy Oggy Pasty Company. Thanks to my Mum as well who supplied the Whisky for the Irish bingo and helped towards other costs.

Thank you to the BT Social Club and their staff for helping to make it a great evening.

The raffle raised £142.

The Irish bingo raised £62, (sorry for those who sat down when they should have stayed standing)!.

Overall we raised a massive -

£541.45

Next year we hope to have a Barn Dance, keep checking the website for more details.

 

Congratulations to Pauline

A PLYMOUTH woman who has helped take disabled people horse riding for more than 30 years is this month's Gold Star Award winner.

Pauline Whitfield, 67, said she would accept the award, sponsored by bus company First Devon and Cornwall, on behalf of all the volunteers at South Dartmoor Riding for the Disabled.

The charity gives disabled people of all ages a chance to enjoy horse riding through weekly classes at Bickleigh Barracks.

Mrs Whitfield, from Crownhill, said horse riding benefits disabled people both by building up strength and providing an experience where they can get away from their wheelchair or crutches.

The group requires a large number of volunteers because the riders have to be accompanied by up to three able-bodied helpers, for reasons of health and safety.
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Mrs Whitfield started helping out at Dartmoor Riding for the Disabled 31 years ago, when her daughter Tracy attended the group.

Mrs Whitfield said horse riding helped her daughter to make a full recovery, and now Tracy also volunteers for the group.

Mrs Whitfield is a member of the charity's committee and carries out fundraising activities as well as having an organisational role.

She said: "When they are up there on horses they are a different person to somebody in a wheelchair or walking with sticks, and they all thoroughly enjoy it and have a good rapport trying to out-do each other.

"We also have a gymkhana and barbecue every year, that's very competitive, within safety limits."

The disabled riders group meets at the riding school in Bickleigh Barracks on Tuesday evenings.

The charity provides two groups of riders with an hour-long session. The same two groups enjoy a whole season riding together, from April to the end of September.

Although the charity takes a considerable amount of her time, Mrs Whitfield said she gets a lot out of it as well.

"It's very rewarding because I know a lot of the people who have come through the courses," she said.

"It's not something I could just give up. I suppose it's the children."

Mrs Whitfield was nominated for the Gold Star Award by Margaret Williams, from Efford.

Mrs Williams, 70, said: "It is only a small group but Pauline works tirelessly for the disabled children."

She said Mrs Whitfield has also taken part in activities such as the Race for Life and The Midnight Walk for St Luke's Hospice, as well as arranging teas for Peverell Park Bowling Club.

"If anybody deserves a Gold Star, she does," Mrs Williams said.

Mrs Whitfield insisted she was just one of many who work hard to make the disabled riding programme possible, but was happy to accept the award on behalf of everyone involved with the charity.

Bill Martin, editor of The Herald, said: "South Dartmoor Riding for the Disabled is an extraordinary organisation, and the volunteers who run it thoroughly deserve this award.

"Mrs Whitfield's long service to charity is exceptional."

Marc Reddy, managing director of First Devon and Cornwall, said: "Well done Pauline, your tireless work to bring joy and happiness into the lives of others deserves recognition; you are clearly very worthy of this Gold Star Award, congratulations."

 

South Dartmoor RDA Barbeque

On the 6th July 2010, this year we were successful at holding the barbeque on our first attempt. This has been the first time this has happened for many years. Although it became a little chilly towards the end of the evening, I know all the riders had a lovely time, you can just tell by their happy faces and Laura kept talking about it on the way home.

This was a very well supported event and we would like to thank all the riders, helpers and family members for attending and making it such a fun evening.

A big thank you to chefs 'Frank and Andy' for delicious bacon sandwiches, burgers and sausage baps and of course their wonderful support staff serving up the food and drinks.

The riders are to be congratulated on their riding skills demonstrated with their helpers, with the musical ride and well done to Lin and Jodie for arranging this. The riders certainly deserved their rosettes and certificates.

A big thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes. These prizes helped to raise £82.50 from the raffle takings.

Also this year the stall made £27.20, with donations and refreshments making £69.65.

Overall with expenses taken out, we raised -

£92.12

Hopefully we will have some nice weather over the next few weeks so the riders can have some more rides before the end of this season.

 

 

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