The Trophy now engraved with Albert's name - handed over at the Christmas lunch.
National Championships - Arts and Crafts Category
Two of our riders, Christine and Kate, were presented with prizes and rosettes at the RDA Christmas lunch, for their entries in the National Championships Arts and Crafts Category. Very well done to both!
The Gemma McCormick Countryside Challenge - June 2019
Big thanks to BBC Leicester for their great piece of filming and thank you also to Hazel for taking part in the interview. See the link to the clip, via the BBC Facebook page below.
Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic - April 2018
Meet Jet - The Mechanical Horse
Special Olympics East Midlands Equestrian 2017
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.
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.
We really do not know what we would do without her help - our wonderful, dedicated, extraordinary volunteer and friend.
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.
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.