Sunflowers bring a smile!

3 August 2020
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On a glorious morning we were delighted to welcome Scarlett to the stables. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Diesel, including walking in the sunflower maze! Matthew couldn’t believe how many sunflowers there were and was thrilled to take some home for Mum. Happy days!

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Sun & Sunflowers at the stables

2 August 2020
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Another busy week at the stables as we develop our activities.  As well as meeting the ponies, we now have an activity table, where our participants can find out more about the care and management of their ponies. Our volunteers have also been busy, keeping our ponies fit and exercised.  Helpers and ponies have all […]

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More happy riders

20 July 2020
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More happy riders have been visiting their ponies.  For some, it’s their first outing since lockdown began, however any initial trepidation was soon allayed, once reunited with by their favourite ponies.  Welcoming our riders back to the stables is a hugely positive experience and although it may be a while before we can re-start riding, […]

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Another busy day at the stables

15 July 2020
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Heather was delighted to be reunited with Diesel. “Thank you to everyone who made Heather’s visit possible yesterday.  Diesel’s condition is a credit to the RDA team looking after him – he looks splendid. Well done girls. Thank you Heather & Hilary 👍” As well as welcoming back riders, we were busy introducing our ponies to “long reining”. […]

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“Coming back here has made me very happy”.

13 July 2020
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As more of our riders came to meet their ponies, one young man made our morning. When asked how he felt about returning to the stables, Matthew said, “Coming back here has made me very happy”. It has been wonderful to welcome, Anna, Ellis and Louis last Thursday and Matthew today. You can see the […]

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Happy memories

11 July 2020
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Well this weekend should have been the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, where some of our riders may have been competing and many of our volunteers would have been helping. It was always the RDA family at its best and such a fabulous few days. We thought we would share some of our past […]

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Fabulous smiles from riders

8 July 2020
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This week we’ve enjoyed welcoming more of our riders to the stables, reconnecting with their ponies and helpers. Social distancing, hand hygiene and equipment sanitising may be new, but the familiar RDA experience of fun & companionship prevails. As one of our riders summed it up;  “it’s fun & a good way of keeping the Stratford […]

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Ponies enjoying themselves – so happy!

7 July 2020
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Our ponies are loving having our volunteers spend time with them at the stables.  They are so much happier now that our riders are coming to spend time with them and then they get to go out around the fields.  What’s not to love?

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Another happy afternoon!

4 July 2020
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Another happy afternoon with Fi & Reuben enjoying their time with Alfie & Kiera –  and we even missed the showers- well mostly! The pictures below speak for themselves. Once again our volunteers showed adaptability and innovation, as we made some changes to enhance our riders experience; offering tack cleaning & changing the location slightly. […]

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Exciting Day! Riders meet their ponies!

1 July 2020
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What a great day it was when the Group welcomed back its first riders to ‘meet n greet’ their ponies yesterday.  With all the necessary precautions put in place, they patted and  talked to their ponies with lots of smiles and joy.  The ponies have so missed them all and they them.  Such a special […]

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