13 May 2022
National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

We are sad to announce that Mary Jones, founder of Lapworth RDA, passed away. Mary started as a volunteer at the RDA Centre of England group in 1968 and then founded Lapworth RDA. Mary played an integral role in her region of West Mercia, serving as County Chair for Warwickshire and serving on the West Mercia Regional Committee and Finance Committee. Our thoughts are with her family and those of you who knew her.


Road to Restart – up to date guidance and resources for RDA Groups on MyRDA

Please make any of your groups not yet open again after early 2020 aware that sign-off by RDA National Office before beginning any activity is still a requirement – as although COVID restrictions may now have been lifted across the UK, much of the preparation assessment of equines, volunteers, training etc. will still apply. All current guidance and resources can be found on the updated ‘Road to Restart’ page on MyRDA.  

If a group needs further help and support, please contact the Group Support team:groupsupport@rda.org.uk


One Day Workshop on Sensory Awareness in the Equine Setting (Monday 13 June 2022)

Come and join Rhona Harkness, Occupational Therapist, on this one-day workshop where she will introduce you to her new sensory resources to facilitate therapy and/or coaching sessions in the equine setting. 

Hosted by RDA at the National Training Centre, Old Warwick Road, CV35 7AX 

To book: https://www.myrda.org.uk/events/sensory-awareness-in-the-equine-setting/


Thank you to our Badminton Volunteers

A massive thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help us at Badminton Horse Trials last week, it was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed being Badminton’s Charity of the Year. The first call out for volunteers generated a fantastic response, and we are so thankful to those who attended and made the event a success for RDA. We hope our volunteers enjoyed the experience as much as we did. It was great to have so many of our RDA community come and visit us too.


Job Vacancy: Head Riding Coach at Woodbridge & District RDA

This new post will take a leading role in organising and coaching sessions for the riding participants and mentoring volunteer coaches at Woodbridge & District RDA.  The role will also include work on the yard looking after our 12 horses. For more information, including how to apply, please see here: https://www.rdawoodbridge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies


Best wishes,


Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association

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