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BBC Countryfile is honouring RDA in its 50th anniversary year with a programme dedicated to our work. The episode, which airs on Sunday 28 July, includes an interview by with RDA’s President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, conducted by broadcasting legend and long-time Countryfile presenter John Craven.
The interview was filmed on the opening day of the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, where presenters John Craven and Anita Rani spent an enjoyable day with some of the events 500 competitors, as well as volunteers and family members.
The Gloucestershire-themed episode features seven-year-old RDA rider Lily McKay and her mum, Alison. Lily rides at Patchwork RDA in Nailsworth. In an emotional interview, Alison explains how RDA has helped Lily and how proud she is of her achievements.
Championships competitor, Tracey Thomas, who rides at Talland RDA in Cirencester, also features in the programme as she prepares for the competition. The crew then followed her to Hartpury to find out how she got on in the Countryside Challenge competition.
As well as featuring RDA’s golden anniversary, the episode also marks a milestone for John Craven, who is celebrating an astonishing 30 years of presenting the BBC’s flagship rural programme.
RDA Communication’s Manager, Caroline Ward said: “We are delighted that the BBC have thrown their support behind RDA by giving us this opportunity to feature on Countryfile. We are also grateful to Her Royal Highness for agreeing to be interviewed as part of the programme. It was a joyful day at the Championships and I hope that viewers will enjoy celebrating our 50th anniversary with us.
"Many thanks to the teams at Patchwork and Talland, Deborah Hall at Chigwell Riding Trust and Sophie Christiansen for all their help making the programme - and everyone at the Championships who made the BBC so welcome."
The programme themed Gloucestershire airs on BBC 1 on July 28. Please share with your RDA network, family and friends!
See our Gallery Archive for photos of our Festive Fun at the end of each term
BIG EVENT 2019 PHOTOS
A photo finish! More photos on Gallery Archive page
Welcome to Arundel Group Riding for the Disabled
The aim of our group is to give the opportunity of riding to any disabled person who might benefit in general health or happiness.
Our riding sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons during term-time at the Arundel Riding Centre - in Arundel, West Sussex. The group is part of the South East Region RDA which covers Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
THE BIG EVENT 2019 - A DAY AT THE RACES (CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ARUNDEL GROUP RDA)
The going was good and the weather was kind to us (for the fifth year running). Well done to all the runners and riders.
Results were as follows:
Winner of the 'magnificent hat award' - Jo (Isaac's mum)
Winner of the Ferdie Trophy - Ruby
Winner of the Lavinia Norfolk Trophy - Callum
Winner of Class B dressage - Kieran
Winner of Class C dressage - Connor
Winner of Class D dressage - Anya
Best Turned out Rider - Anya
Winner of the fantastic Hilary and Sheila Tangye Trust Trophy for the highest percentage score of the day - Connor
Rosettes for the fastest times over seven furlongs in the Arundel Group RDA 40th Anniversary Stakes: Ruby by a nose closely followed by Chloe
Stable Management Module certificates and badges were awarded to: Chloe, Erin, Owen, Lucy, Ruby, Cody and Kieran. Special thanks to Janet B for all her coaching
Progressive Riding Stage certificates and badges were awarded to : Linda, Cody, Kieran, Anya, Noah, Callum, Sol, Chloe and Isaac
A BIG thank you to all our wonderful regular volunteers and also helpers who came in especially for the day - a great team effort. Special thanks to judge, writer and scorer too. The ponies looked amazing and rose to the occasion as always. It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents, teachers and visitors
A date for your diaries: The Big Event 2020 - Tuesday 30 June!
In the unlikely event of a fire you would be required to assemble in the picnic area behind the picket fence (clearly signed as an emergency assembly point)
Volunteers are required to sign in and out on the whiteboard adjacent to the RDA cupboards. Riders/parents/carers/teachers will be logged each week by a volunteer. This enables us to account for everyone on site in the event of an emergency.
take effect from 25 May 2018. The Trustees have adopted a new Data Protection Policy and also a Privacy Notice. A copy of the Privacy Notice is attached under About Us
At our 2019 Annual Dinner Chairman, Terry Clothier, presented a pastel of much-loved Conker to Alison Leggett, Proprietor of Arundel Riding Centre. Sadly we lost Conker during 2018 and we felt that this was a fitting legacy to an amazing pony who gave 24 years’ loyal service to Arundel Group RDA.