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.
I am sure my dog knows when it is Thursday – I get a look of resignation from her that says, “Oh, she’s wearing that bright shirt again. That means she’ll be gone for the morning and come home smelling of horses.”
A few of us wore our bright shirts during the holidays too. We had been invited to take a stall and publicity photos to events including St Michael’s Church cream tea afternoon, Bournemouth Miniature Railway charity day (where we enjoyed a ride on the amazing miniature steam trains at Littledown Park), and we had a stand at Verwood Rotary Rustic Fayre, where some of us became a ‘human fruit machine’. This caused considerable amusement and I think some people thought we were quite mad!
It was a disappointment for the organisers that the weather was diabolical, because so much work goes into planning an event like the Rustic Fayre, but those who braved the rain kept our ‘fruit machine’ busy.
The new term will bring some new riders; for some it will be their first experience of sitting on a pony. We hope they learn to love it and find that they become more happily confident and able.
Yours, Jane Dowding
- Fruit Machine
- The benefits of riding with RDA for all the family