Our volunteers, ponies and riders had a very busy end to the year, with a lovely hack out in cold and frosty conditions followed a couple of weeks later by a visit to the group by Santa Claus himself aided by his special elves! In between, our riders, their families and some of our volunteers found time to decorate salt dough horses made by our very own Susan Jones for our tree at West Moors Christmas Tree Festival. Now we are all looking forward to seeing all our riders and volunteers (and of course the ponies) at the start of our New Year! We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from our festivities.
‘Katy’, a very special pony recently received a long service award from the Green Cottage RDA group. At the sprightly age of 28, Katy has provided loyal service to disabled children attending Green Cottage RDA for the past 17 years and has rarely missed a session – that’s approximately 66 rides each year and more than 1,100 to date!
Katy is owned by Green Cottage’s head girl Louise Frampton (pictured here with Katy) thank you Louise for loaning Katy! She is a firm favourite with the children and our volunteers alike.
On 28th June 2015 the Wimborne & Frendown Lions Club are organising a Charity Cycle Ride to raise money for 4 charities: the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, the Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club Local Charities and of course, Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled.
Help the Lions Club raise money for these organisations by signing up for the 15 mile cycle ride (not a race!) The entry fee is £10.00 and starts and finishes at the Barley Mow Inn, Long Lane, Wimborne, BH21 7AH.
mags4dorset’s managing director Ben Pulford handed a cheque to Green Cottage RDA group for £350 raised at various events.
Editor Janine Pulford was presented with a bunch of flowers from the RDA volunteers as a thank you for supporting the group as their charity of the year during 2014.
Janine said, “We have really enjoyed receiving the monthly letter from the RDA.
Perhaps one day, when I have time, I shall volunteer to help at Green Cottage RDA because this group does such a tremendous job and everyone is so happy and caring.”
Our son Thomas is a very lively nine-year-old, with Downs Syndrome.
He has been riding at Green Cottage RDA since he was three. Over the years we have seen Thomas make huge improvements in his physical development and co-ordination. Read more
Time has flown and with the children back at school, we are looking forward to spending Thursday mornings with the ponies and our young riders. Read more
I came to live in Dorset in 1974. I needed something to do other than the school run for our three children. A friend suggested I help with the RDA. Within months I found myself leading Cadbury, a very sweet, obliging pony. It took a while to learn and understand the needs of the disabled children, but every Thursday morning since then, I have endeavored to turn up. Over the years I have noticed the benefit children gain from riding, as do their parents. Read more
A new event in our calendar is the Terry Jenner Challenge. Terry was one of our volunteers, who sadly died last year, and now our riders compete for a trophy in his memory. Read more
Since last writing, I am pleased to tell you that our young rider Kevin has returned from the dressage competition in Cornwall with a 2nd rosette! We were all thrilled for him, especially as it was his first competition, he had never ridden the pony before. Read more