12 November 2021
National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

It was a real pleasure to meet some of you on Friday. If you haven’t seen, the day was featured on a couple of media outlets, including Hello Magazine, BBC News and the Daily Telegraph. We were also featured on BBC Midlands Today which you can watch here:https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0011gvs/midlands-today-lunchtime-news-09112021 (skip to 5:33).


5th November

Thank you to those who attended on Friday, it was a pleasure to have you and we hope you had a nice day. The day featured the launch of The Princess Royal Coach Academy and the marking of The Princess’ 50 years association with RDA. Read a write-up of the day and meet our first Coach Mentors here:www.myrda.org.uk/launch-of-princess-royal-coaching-academy/

Congratulations to all our award winners and many thanks to the team from Wellow for the fantastic long-reining display.


Strategy Consultation

Our strategy consultation video is still available to watch on the RDANational YouTube page. Please find the video of the strategy consultation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JRwaASX0WY

It would be great to hear your feedback on the strategy, and we have produced a survey to fill in, it should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Please find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RDAStrategy2022-2025


30 Minute Weekly Webinars
The mechanical horse demonstration will be available to watch on the MyRDA YouTube page later today.

This week: Horses in Conflict (Thurs 11th 7pm)

This week’s webinar is focusing on horses in conflict. We have two speakers for the webinar; Doug Smith, RDA National Equine Lead, who will be sharing his own experience of horses in conflict speaking as a retired mounted police officer, and Jamie Balls, CEO of the Armed Forces Equine Charity, who will be sharing a bit of history of horses in conflict and how horsescontribute to all the 3 components of fighting power.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lAhS-YEBQoa8ISK8ZOIAyQ

Next week: Everything you need to know about Reserves (Thurs 18th 7pm)

The webinar next week will be given by Peter Dean, RDA Head of Finance, and Peter will be discussing reserves.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BFEbCTQPSaCMdVsFju7npw


Coaching Conference Month

Just a reminder that it is Coaching Conference Month here at RDA. You can register for the individual sessions or the whole event here:https://www.myrda.org.uk/events/virtual-coaching-conference/

We’ve got some great webinars lined up:

How the next generation can inspire the future of RDA (Tues 16th 7:30pm)

Live discussion panel with RDA coaches; India Collins-Davies, Megan Holland, Kyle Palmer & Lizzie Bennett. Rounded up with a live Q&A session.

The role of the occupational therapist (Tues 23rd7:30pm)

Hosted by Rhona Harkness (Occupational Therapist) & Kate El Bizanti (RDA Green Coach & Occupational Therapist) Introducing you to the Occupational Therapy role in Equine Facilitated Therapy & Learning using theory & case examples. It will explore how EFOT-UK & RDA groups can work in collaboration.

Georgia Wilson (Tues 30th 7:30pm)

Georgia made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, achieving a bronze medal in the individual test grade II. Georgia started riding at RDA at Clwyd SRC, attending her first RDA nationals where she got the bug for dressage.


All Stars Facebook Group

Just a reminder about our new Facebook group for participants 16 and over. Please can you share the group with your participants who are Facebook users. It is a great platform for them to share their own experiences of RDA and get their opinions on things happening in RDA.



Exciting Upcoming Free Fundraising Events

The Get Grants Team provide practical support, advice and information on grants and have provided the following information for free events you may be interested in (just click on the link to register):

Easyfundraising Webinar: Thursday 11th November 10am – 11am. Learn more about to make the most of online shopping this Christmas, and turn your supporters online shopping into free donations for your organisation!

Register here: https://www.getgrants.org.uk/easyfundraising-events/

Virtual Fundraisers Networking: Tuesday 23rdNovember 1pm – 2pm. Connect with other fundraisers at this social session, full of sector updates and helpful insights.
Register here:



Virtus Virtual Global Dressage Championships

A massive congratulations go to our RDA participants representing GB in the Virtus Virtual Dressage Championships. For full results please click here Results of the 2021 Para Equestrian Video Competition published! – VIRTUS


Best wishes, 

Brigitta Falcini 

Communications Coordinator 

Riding for the Disabled Association 


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