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Newsletter Editor recruited

We are delighted that Rod Marshall, who is Fleet U3A Webmaster and edits the Farnborough U3A newsletter, has volunteered to edit and produce our group newsletters. They are a useful way to keep everybody informed about all that is going on at Hants and Surrey Borders RDA – and we think they’re a good read! - and are available to view on the website. Thank you Rod.


South Region Qualifiers

We entered two riders from Tuesday group into the South Region Qualifiers, held in glorious weather in May at Wellington Riding, Heckfield. On a borrowed pony, Charlie D, both boys did very well in the Countryside Challenge, scoring in the mid-seventies, and in their first ever dressage test they both scored mid-fifties; an excellent result, especially considering Charlie D was the biggest pony one of our riders had ever sat on! At the prize giving Graham Plumbe presented The Rachel Plumbe Cup, a new award to honour our late President, to the rider with the highest score of the day. The winning rider from Newbury RDA, scored 98.5% in the Countryside Challenge. A full report of the day will be in our next newsletter.



Rachel Plumbe.

It is with very great sadness that we announce the death on 9th March of our President, Rachel Plumbe.


Rachel had been very involved with Riding for the Disabled since 1978 when she joined the then named Aldershot group, as a volunteer with her daughter’s pony, Snowy. She was Chairman from 1997 until she retired in 2014, doing an excellent job keeping the group running smoothly and going from strength to strength.


In ‘retirement’ she was always ready to lend a hand or give advice when needed and in January 2017 Rachel was elected as our group’s President. We all will miss her guiding hand and her smiling face very much indeed.



We very sadly lost another of our volunteers recently after a long and brave fight against illness.



Sylvia was our newsletter editor and she did a first-class job editing and producing our bi-annual newsletters, keeping volunteers, sponsors and other interested parties up to date with all the group’s news.


Tributes to both ladies appear in our Spring 2018 newsletter.


Fleet Carnival 2017

What a brilliant weekend Hants and Surrey Borders RDA had at Fleet Carnival.


All our planning came together and even the weather was just what we’d hoped for.


Our tombola and raffle stall did very well, supported by carnival goers having a great time in the sunshine.


We were delighted with our finished float. We are very grateful to Henry Tyndale and Badshot Lea Schools whose staff really entered into the spirit of the event and, with the children, made us lots of fantastic artwork using the carnival theme of ‘Under the Sea’.


Octopuses a-plenty, colourful fish, starfish, whales and a shark; we used them all to complement the centrepiece of our display, a large sea horse complete with rag doll rider wearing snorkel and flippers!