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Ace’s December Blog

So the weather has changed a bit and the temperature has dropped. So much for global warming. Who, who, who let the mares in? Oisin and I now have madam’s Katie and Pie for company. Bang goes the neighbourhood. Yak, yak all the time. Saved by the hay bale. […more]

Ace’s September Blog

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We have a new Saturday Instructor called Mrs Fiona Buchanan. Congratulations to Fiona on her wedding and becoming an honest woman.


Lloyd’s/Bank of Scotland to the Rescue

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Our decking has been in place for many years but it was needing a facelift. Louisa Kinghorn who has a horse at our yard offered to organise a work part from LLoyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland to come out and give us a hand. They arrived at the back […more]

Pie starts her new job at Thornton Rose RDA


Pie came to Scotland in December and following a few weeks in quarantine, arrived at Thornton Rose. She is still a youngster so has been on a training programme to prepare her for work at RDA. We are delighted to say that she has passed with flying colours and […more]

Deb Criddle part of all star line-up for BD Para-Equestrian Coaching Symposium

An all-star cast of guest speakers and presenters has been announced for the 2015 Para-Equestrian Coaching Symposium, which will be held at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, 7 – 8 February. …Read More > […more]

RDA Cash Raffle Winners announced

The winners of the 2014 RDA Cash Raffle are:  1st Prize of £1,000 Raymond Smith of Manchester with ticket no 010192nd Prize of £500 Heather Inchley of Chard with ticket …Read More > […more]

RDA to host HETI Autumn Forum, 11 December at Avon Riding Centre

HETI Autumn Forum (Horses in Education & Therapy International) Thurs Dec 11th from 10 to 2.30pm at the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled, Bristol. ( RDA is hosting this …Read More > […more]

RDA to receive £300,000 in support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Rory Bremner thanks players and accepts cheque on charity’s behalf Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is to receive £300,000 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Comedian and RDA …Read More > […more]

Ace’s November Blog

I had an abscess and had to do a bit of stabling. I had such a deep straw bed I thought I had lost sight of my knees. Mind you I was all cosy at night. I must get new pyjamas if I have to sleep over again. I […more]

Picture perfect

The winners of the RDA Photographic Competition 2014, supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, have been announced. The overall winning photograph was taken by Karen Thompson, Senior Instructor at …Read More > […more]

Biggest ever AGM celebrates good Ideas

 RDA President, HRH Princess Anne chaired the biggest ever RDA AGM, held for the first time at Aintree Racecourse. With around 300 in attendance, guests were treated to an inspiring …Read More > […more]

Midgeland RDA awarded Sport England funding

Midgeland RDA is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe …Read More > […more]

Ace’s October Blog

What a month it has been so far. Somethings affect everyone: riders, volunteers, instructors and us horses.

Misty had a wee episode of getting all hot and bothered so she had to stay in for one night. She got over whatever it was and is ok now. Mary liked […more]

Grants for Groups – NOW OPEN apply today

We are inviting Groups to apply for the next round of funding visit theGroup Fundraising Page to find out more……   […more]

RDA in partnership with Sense

RDA and Sense are starting a project at the Sense stables in Spalding Lincolnshire looking at how both organisations can work more closely together and benefit from the skills and …Read More > […more]

Princess Anne to attend RDA AGM

RDA President, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne will be attending this year’s RDA AGM, which is taking place at Aintree Racecourse for the first time. The meeting will he held …Read More > […more]

RDA Training Weekend


This weekend has been a busy one for all the volunteers at Thornton Rose RDA. After our usual Saturday morning session, Ena from Drum RDA in Edinburgh put us through our paces. The volunteers had a ‘back to basics’ session, looking at the jobs of the leader and sidewalkers, practicing supporting and interacting with riders […more]

Superstar Amy at the Scottish Parliament