The Northern Ireland Region of RDA continues to flourish. Earlier this month six successful instructors passed their RDA coaching exam and we are delighted to have that level of expertise in our Region as it can only be of great benefit to our riders! All of our instructors will have to have a safe guarding qualification by the end of 2014 and we were pleased to welcome Claire Milican from RDA National Office to deliver the relevant courses. We also have a new list of proficiency test examiners who will help groups to deliver the RDA education programme. We are continually trying to improve on the already excellent service and we are able to use the pool of wisdom and experience from instructors from GB who are always willing to come over to Northern Ireland.
Our AGM was at Aintree racecourse on November 12th and we were thrilled that our President, HRH The Princess Royal, was able to come to the meeting directly from her recent tour to New Zealand and Canada. We may think that we have had heavy rain here recently. However in New Zealand, HRH visited an RDA group that was so badly flooded that several ponies were lost. When the flood waters eventually subsided, one surviving pony was found on the roof of the indoor school (thankfully he is now recovered and back in work!)
Our President commended RDA for its professionalism, and admitted that all groups face different challenges, especially as RDA is progressing at an unprecedented rate. Opportunities for riders now include new activities of Show Jumping and Endurance, the recently launched Endeavour awards are being presented daily (1000 per week UK wide) while carriage driving prepares to celebrate its fortieth birthday next year. All this happens while remembering our aims of Achievement, Therapy and Fun!
If you would like to become involved with our organisation, please do contact us- we would love to hear form you!
Julie Jordan MBE
Regional Chairman RDA NI