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Meet Jet - the mechanical horse
 
 

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Jet - Wood

This handsome boy is Jet - an amazing simulator horse, who is now an established member of our team of horses and ponies.

Jet stands at about 15 hands high.  He comes complete with a virtual reality TV screen - which simulates riding on a real horse through a range of environments, such as riding through woods or along the beach.  It also provides the opportunity of riding in an arena.

Jet has become an invaluable resource for our clients.  The simulator is used for rehabilitation, confidence building and developing horse skills.  It provides a safe way to practise, progress and learn before riding a real horse.  For several clients, including those with brain injury, riding on Jet is the only significant exercise that they can access.  Riding Jet has the benefits of developing core strength, balance, stability and also provides three dimensional physiotherapy.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Special Olympics East Midlands Equestrian 2017
 
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Mount Group RDA star at Special Olympics National Summer Games.  Four Mount Group riders had a brilliant time in Sheffield an came away with some amazing results.  See here for the full story in the Melton Times.
 
 
 
Hartpury 2015
 
All our riders did Mount Group proud at this year's national championships at Hartpury College (17 - 19 July 2015). Well done to you all - and a big thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work to make it possible. Full story courtesy of the Melton Times.
 
 
Oldies but goodies
 
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Mizen and Lucky (and their handlers Christine Durrance and Simone Green) came 5th and 6th in the veteran class at Blaston Show in June. A good day was had by all with four riders from C of E in the our Handy Pony class, joined by four riders from Nottingham RDA  Group. Thanks to all our volunteers for their help at the show.
 
Countryside Challenge 2015

Well done Jack and Billy who came third and fifth respectively in Class 2 at this year's Countryside Challenge regional qualifier, held at Sproxton on 11 May. Sadly we didn't get any qualifications for the nationals this year but it was a great effort by riders, volunteers and horses.
 
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On course: Jack and Megan (above), Billy and Mizen (below)
 
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Festive gang provides funding present
Di Poyser and team raised an amazing £1,600 for Mount Group at the 2014 Loughborough Santa Fun Run.The next Loughborough Santa Fun Run and Walk is on 6 December 2015; please come and join us ... the more who take part, the more we make.


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Christine Durrance has been awarded the North Midlands Volunteer of the year award.  This is awarded yearly to volunteers for their commitment to RDA over the past twelve months in the North Midlands area which covers Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.   

We entered Christine for her voluntary work with the Mount Group RDA over the past twelve months.

Christine is not only a riding member with the Group but she now volunteers to help look after the horses 5 days a week. She fetches them in, grooms, mucks out, cleans the tack and helps with the sessions Monday to Friday each week. This is mainly under the supervision of the staff at Somerby until an RDA Instructor  arrives to take over.

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really do not know what we would do without her help - our wonderful, dedicated, extraordinary volunteer and friend.

 

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It's a win - win situation!

 
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Donations and grants

We have received some extremely generous donations and grants recently. A very big thank you to:

Mars for their £2,000 donation; Oakham Town Council for a £500 grant for volunteer training; and an anonymous donor for £1,000  to meet the costs of our riders competing at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury in July 2014. 

 

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Run Sue Run!

Congratulations Susanne Birley for successfully completing 12 Half Marathons / long runs in 12 Months in aid of Mount Group and Cancer Research UK.

Sue said: "Mount Group RDA is a charity that is  very close to us as a family as my eldest son has Down's syndrome and rides with the Group. Tim really looks forward to his riding and from it has gained confidence and a real sense of achievement. Tim has been able to take part in several competitions and is extremely proud of the rosettes he has won. This only been possible through the hard work of the RDA and its volunteers."

Sue ran an amazing nine half-marathon road races, two 16-mile cross country runs and a half-marathon trail run, and has raised more than £2,100 so far.

You can still support Susanne in her fantastic effort here.

 

 


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Charity Number 1168627

Somerby Equestrian Centre, Newbold Lane, Somerby, Melton Mowbray LE14 2PP
Tel: 07764 404863
 
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