Presentations and Father Christmas at the Group’s Christmas Party

12 December 2017
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With a food laden table and mulled wine and juice, riders and their families, volunteers past and present, sponsors and supporters gathered in a packed community centre for the Group’s Christmas party and to celebrate its 2017 achievements. We were joined by Chief Executive, Ed Bracher, who had come to present some of the many […]

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Congratulations Archie

25 October 2017
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Archie was presented with an Endeavour Award this week for excellent mounting and dismounting.  Well done Archie you are trying so hard at riding.  Lovely to see you enjoying the experience.

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Riders join in with the BIG RIDE RDA UK

19 October 2017
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Riders, Sophie, Jo and Max and their teams of helpers joined Sam Orde, RDA UK Chair, on her last BIG RIDE on Tuesday 17th October.  What a special treat! Special thanks to Sam who has raised nearly £40,000 towards the development of the new RDA Lowlands Training Centre.  Here is Sam’s lovely narrative of the day: […]

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First Endurance awards for riders

22 September 2017
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Another first for our Group, as several of our riders gain “Getting Started” Endurance awards. Riders and helpers enjoyed taking time checks at 0.5 km, 1 km, 1.5 km and 2 km markers around the tracks, adding focus and interest to our usual hacks. Well done Scarlett, Jess, and Archie for achieving 1km, and Anna, […]

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Stratford RDA Staycation

11 September 2017
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Hacking round the furthest reaches of the farm, grooming and tacking up their ponies, practising riding skills in the arena and eating cake were just some of the activities enjoyed by Jo P, Jules and Anna this weekend at Home Farm. Jules was excited to be reunited with Alfie; Jo made excellent progress on Marco […]

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Riders have a great morning riding ‘Charley’

13 August 2017
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With our summer lunch party scuppered by the weather, several of our adult riders diverted to Lowlands Farm, to ride Charley, the mechanical horse…..in the warm and dry!  Jo W chose to practice various dressage movements. With constant feedback on your posture and aids, showing on the screen, it’s an intensive workout!  Jo P decided […]

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Another milestone for Fi!

29 July 2017
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So proud of this lady. Since joining us in September, Fi has worked really hard and made amazing progress.  Today, she and Alfie successfully completed their first dressage test together – another milestone achieved! Thanks to dressage judge Lesley Burton for her feedback and encouragement. Keep it up Fi!  

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Riders have a ball at the RDA National Championships

18 July 2017
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Once again the well-oiled machine that is Team Stratford swung into action.  Three dazzling ponies arrived at Hartpury on Friday evening to be met by our hard-working volunteers, who were assisting with running the event as well as looking after our ponies. On Saturday Jules was first to go. Kiera was on a mission – I […]

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Long held ambition for Fi

1 July 2017
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Fi achieved a long held ambition to enjoy a hack around the fields on Alfie, an experience described in her own words, “when I go on a hack, I love the outdoors, nature and the wind across my face, I enjoy the independence horse riding brings me”. Karen, her Coach, then received these lovely words from […]

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Riders awarded Showjumping certificates

1 July 2017
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Several of our riders proved their Showjumping skills at the Regional Qualifier event recently by scoring over 70% for their rounds.  Congratulations to Charlotte, Sophie, Sasha, Jules, Jack, Ellis and Lewis who were presented with their Showjumping Grade 1 Proficiency certificate and badge.  

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