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Spring 2018

August 2017

Spring 2017

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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!



We had a fun ride for our last session at Badshot Lea School. The children posted Christmas cards, decorated a Christmas tree and put presents around it.


The volunteers wore their Christmas hats and there was one amazing Christmas jumper. Well done Adam!


We are sad to be leaving Badshot Lea after many happy years taking our ponies there each week and the children riding on the school playing field but
we’re delighted that Badshot Lea children will be joining us at our fabulous new venue.




Our Tuesday group riders and volunteers are settling in well to their new venue at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dogmersfield. The ponies from the Equestrian Centre at the hotel took very little time to get used to our games and equipment and take every lesson in their stride.


We are very grateful to the Four Seasons Hotel and to Adrian, the Equestrian Centre Manager, for making our RDA group so welcome.



Some photographs from our new venue showing a lesson in progress and one taken during a walk around the lovely hotel grounds on a beautiful, slightly misty morning.