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Volunteers Royally Honoured with RDA President’s Awards
February 7, 2024

In January, five people were presented with RDA’s most prestigious volunteer award, awarded for outstanding service to RDA over a period of 30 years or more.

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A Royal Day to Remember at Nantwich & District RDA
February 7, 2024

HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened a new Centre and facilities for Nantwich & District RDA Group at Reaseheath College.

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RDA Appoints New CEO
January 25, 2024

RDA is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Bishop as new Chief Executive.

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RDA Creative Writing Competition 2024
January 19, 2024

Now in it's eighth year, the RDA Creative Writing Competition is open for 2024.

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Anna Celebrates a Lifetime of Volunteering with RDA
December 18, 2023

Anna Power, a volunteer with the Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre based at Hemlington, Middlesbrough, has been presented with the RDA’s 25 Years of Service for Volunteering.

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RDA Appoints Helena Vega-Lozano as New Chair of Trustees
December 15, 2023

RDA is delighted to announce the appointment of Helena Vega-Lozano as the organisation’s new Chair of Trustees.

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Celebrating the Achievements of 2023
December 7, 2023

Celebrating some of the incredible achievements of our participants and volunteers over the last year.

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RDA Coaches Conference 2023
November 15, 2023

From the Annual Coaching Awards, to the Society of Master Saddlers, the 2023 Coaches Conference was an event not to be missed...

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New RDA Group Opens!
August 24, 2023

Onley Grounds RDA are the first new RDA Group to open for 2 years! Read all about them and their exciting plans for the future.

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RDA Welcomes a New Board Member
July 27, 2023

RDA welcomes Barbara Manson as Trustee for Scotland to its Board of Trustees.

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RDA Participant Chosen for Wimbledon coin toss
July 25, 2023

RDA participant Philippa George performed the coin toss at the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Final on Centre Court on Saturday 15th July in front of an audience of 4.5 million.

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RDA Volunteers Receive Royal Honour in King’s Birthday Honours
June 27, 2023

Find out about the volunteers honoured in this year's King's Birthday Honours.

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Annual RDA Award Winners Announced
June 23, 2023

Find out who has won this year's RDA Awards, including Participant of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

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UK Coaching Week – Diversity & Inclusion
June 13, 2023

For UK Coaching Week, RDA Advanced Coach, Mel Tomlinson, tells us about how she incorporates diversity & inclusion into her coaching.

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UK Coaching Week – Mental Health & Wellbeing
June 13, 2023

For UK Coaching Week, Natalie O'Rourke tells us about her PRCA experience and tells us about one of her participants who is facing mental health challenges.

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Let the Ponies Work Their Magic
May 18, 2023

A new project out of Penniwells RDA called Let The Ponies Work Their Magic is helping to tackle some of the mental health challenges faced by young people in their community. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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Social Prescribing at Saxon RDA Helping to Tackle Mental Health Challenges
May 18, 2023

Read about the amazing work RDA member group, Saxon RDA, are doing in working closely with Wiltshire Council and Social Prescribers in the county to receive people who are socially prescribed to their Group and helping some with their mental health challenges. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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Update from RDA UK Board 13.04.23
April 13, 2023

The RDA UK Board announces an independent review into recent events.

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RDA UK Board Welcomes Three New Members
April 6, 2023

The RDA UK Board are delighted to announce the appointment if three new members, Ellie Orton, Rachel Vaughan-Johns and Simon Bragg.

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Statement from the RDA UK Board 29.03.23
March 30, 2023

A statement released from the RDA UK Board regarding an important update to our governance and National Office.

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National Equine Show nominates RDA as Charity Partner
February 28, 2023

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is delighted to have been chosen as charity partner at the inaugural National Equine Show that runs from 4th – 5th March at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.

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Bolesworth Joins Forces with Helite UK & RDA
February 22, 2023

Bolesworth has partnered with Helite UK and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for its 2023 season of equestrian events.

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RDA Volunteers Recognised in New Year’s Honours List
January 9, 2023

The New Year Honours List for 2023 recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people, and the RDA are delighted that two of our long serving volunteers are among the first to receive honours from King Charles III.

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Our Highlights of the Year
December 21, 2022

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“She’s definitely come out of her shell” Read about Noreen’s Hippotherapy Journey
December 15, 2022

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RDA Announces Appointment of new CEO
December 6, 2022

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) have announced that Kathryn England has been appointed as their new Chief Executive. Kathryn joins RDA from Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo, the international conservation charity and global destination, and will start on 1st March 2023.

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RDA supports Disability History Month
November 25, 2022

RDA supports disability history month

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Record entries at RDA Virtual National Championships 2022
November 7, 2022

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Virtual National Championships that took place over the weekend of October 29th to 30th were watched by thousands of viewers across YouTube and Facebook, showcasing the skills of disabled competitors via these digital platforms.

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RDA Coach of the Year a finalist in the UK Coaching Awards 2022
October 27, 2022

RDA Coach of the Year a finalist in the UK Coaching Awards 2022

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Winners of the RDA Coaching Awards Receive their Awards at Coaching Conference
October 5, 2022

Winners of the RDA Coaching Awards Announced

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RDA Announces New National Vaulting Lead
September 30, 2022

RDA Announces New National Vaulting Lead

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RDA Extends its Condolences to the Royal Family Following the Sad Passing of Queen Elizabeth II
September 14, 2022

RDA mourns the loss of our nation’s Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Rider of the Year shows ‘gracious understanding of what it means to be part of RDA’
July 19, 2022

Annual awards presented at RDA National Championships

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Triumphant return of RDA Championships
July 18, 2022

Rosette time!

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National Championships 2022 Results
July 16, 2022

RDA National Championships results are in

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Suspension of Sunday competition following weather warning
July 12, 2022

Championships suspended on Sunday 17th July due to severe weather warning.

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RDA National Championships returns
July 11, 2022

RDA National Championships returns

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RDA supports Activity Alliance findings
June 29, 2022

RDA supports findings

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British Equestrian and its member bodies pledge to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the equestrian community
June 20, 2022

British Equestrian and its member bodies pledge to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the equestrian community

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RDA mourns the loss of Para dressage pioneer, Jonquil Solt.
June 15, 2022

RDA mourns loss of para dressage pioneer

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‘Only Heroes & Horses’ tells remarkable story of saving RDA stables in London
May 26, 2022

RDA Coach launches new book

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RDA smashes fundraising target as Badminton Charity of the Year
May 25, 2022

RDA Shetlands are a draw at Badminton

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RDA marks Dementia Action Week with record Tea With a Pony sessions
May 12, 2022

RDA marks Dementia Action Week

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RDA to showcase ‘Tea with a Pony’ as part of Badminton Charity of the Year
April 21, 2022

RDA Highlights at Badminton

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Launch of new Strategic Plan: Transforming Lives Across the UK
March 28, 2022

RDA Strategy Launch

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RDA named Badminton Charity of the Year
March 9, 2022

RDA named Badminton Charity of the Year

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Launch of Princess Royal Coach Academy
November 8, 2021

Princess Royal announces new Coach Mentors

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RDA launches consultation into ambitious 3-year strategy
November 3, 2021

RDA opens consultation into new strategy.

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RDA recognises COVID challenges in Annual Awards
October 5, 2021

Winners of RDA Awards announced

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Thousands tune in to Virtual RDA Championships
September 27, 2021

Triumph of Virtual National Championships

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RDA group named best Health Charity in Sun Awards
September 21, 2021

Winners of 'Who Cares Wins' award

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Hundreds enter first ever RDA Virtual National Championships
September 8, 2021

RDA Virtual National Championships 25&26 September

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Equestrian ‘most prevalent provider of parasport opportunities’ thanks to RDA
August 19, 2021

Leonard Cheshire research shows prevalence of equestrian sport for people with disabilities

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RDA hosts Paralympic team announcement
July 16, 2021

RDA hosts Paralympics Team Announcement

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RDA elects Rachel Medill MBE as new Chair of Trustees
June 17, 2021

New Chair Rachel Medill MBE brings trustee and equestrian knowledge to ‘meet the growing need for support’

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RDA releases impact report for ‘unprecedented’ year
June 15, 2021

With only 50% of RDA groups reopened nationwide, Princess Anne writes of ‘unprecedented challenges’

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RDA volunteers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
June 14, 2021

RDA Volunteers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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RDA launches ‘Tea with a Pony’ nationwide
May 11, 2021

RDA launches Tea with a Pony

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93% of RDA participants still unable to return to riding
March 26, 2021

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has launched a report into current activity levels following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

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RDA group smashes £1 million fundraising target
February 18, 2021

Park Lane Stables has been supporting the community during lockdown.

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New Year’s Honour for RDA Chair
January 4, 2021

Sam Orde receives OBE for services to disabled people

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RDA presents one-off awards to recognise COVID challenges
November 13, 2020

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has recognised the particular challenge faced by its groups during 2020 with series of one-off awards presented at the charity’s virtual AGM.

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HRH The Princess Royal Chairs Zoom AGM
November 13, 2020

Princess Anne praises ingenuity and resilience of groups across the UK

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Recognition for Coach who brought therapeutic riding to Russia
October 30, 2020

RDA ‘Birt Spooner’ Cup awarded to Lead Coach and International Liaison

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First ever RDA Dressage Challenge Class at Virtual Windsor
September 23, 2020

supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Wychanger Saddlery

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RDA UK awards £70,000 in direct grants to member groups
July 21, 2020

‘Crisis & Resilience’ fund helps groups to respond, rebuild and recover from lockdown

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Princess Royal on call with RDA members
July 13, 2020

Riders and volunteers talk about the impact of lockdown and plans for reopening

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Vacancy: Group Development Manager, Maternity Cover
June 22, 2020

RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure RDA Groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

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Report reveals impact of lockdown on disabled community

June 22, 2020

Widespread impact on physical and mental wellbeing

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Princess Anne sends message of thanks and support to volunteers
June 4, 2020

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has sent a message of support and gratitude to volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week.

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Volunteers Week 2020: RDA joins forces with other charities to say ‘thank you’ to volunteers
May 29, 2020

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is part of a collaborative action of organisations championing a united response for Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.

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Statement from RDA UK
May 12, 2020

Following the government’s announcement on Sunday 10 May, RDA has briefed its groups around the UK to remain closed.

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RDA asks supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge
April 22, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.

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First RDA groups receive emergency funds from charity appeal
April 17, 2020

14 Riding for the Disabled groups get funds for immediate crisis relief

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RDA launches emergency appeal to care for horses

April 6, 2020

Charity fundraising appeal will support disability horse riding groups in immediate crisis

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‘Thank you for the memories’

February 25, 2020

RDA launches Dementia project to open up the sensory world of horses

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Clare Balding visit to South Bucks RDA
December 19, 2019

Clare Balding’s new children’s book, ‘The Racehorse Who Learned To Dance’ is an inspirational tale about overcoming adversity and following your dreams.

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Two RDA groups receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
October 21, 2019

Two RDA groups in Yorkshire have been presented with the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

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RDA Rider Makes Disability Power 100 List
October 21, 2019

RDA rider and volunteer, Colin Duthie, has been revealed as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK, following his inclusion in the Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 for 2019.

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50th Celebration Week across the UK
October 21, 2019

Marking 50 years since the start of RDA, groups all over the UK have been holding special events as part of a week of celebrations.

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RDA Coaches scoop top awards
October 21, 2019

Three RDA Coaches have received awards at the charity’s annual Coaching Conference.

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RDA Awards celebrate 50 years of enriching lives through horses
October 9, 2019

Clare Balding, Alastair Stewart and racing driver Damon Hill were among the special guests...

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Countryfile to Salute RDA in its 50th Anniversary Year
July 23, 2019

BBC Countryfile is to honour RDA in its 50th anniversary year with a programme dedicated to the charity and its work.

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RDA Celebrates 50 Years at National Championships
RDA Celebrates 50 Years at National Championships
June 17, 2019

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Princess Anne to launch first National Training Centre
June 5, 2019

The first ever National Training Centre for RDA will be officially opened in Warwickshire on 12 June by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

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Meet the ‘50 faces’ breaking down barriers
May 21, 2019

50th anniversary portrait project challenges attitudes and celebrates diversity in disability horse sport

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HRH Princess Anne launches 50th anniversary tartan for RDA in Scotland
May 3, 2019

A new tartan has been produced by Lachcarron of Scotland in celebration of 50 years of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) providing therapy through horses.

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Riding for the Disabled Association to research the effectiveness of their brand
February 22, 2019

As Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) reaches its 50th year, RDA has decided to carry out research into the brand, to determine whether it fully reflects the organisation as it is today.

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