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. This involves gymkhana games and a ‘Handy Pony’ competition. Points are awarded and the rider with most points receives the trophy. It is surprising how competitive the children can become, urging the ponies to go a little faster while trying not to drop the egg in the egg and spoon race!
Three of our riders, Emily, Jay and Kevin recently attended the Dorset RDA weekend at Hanford School near Blandford, where they enjoyed riding and learning how to care for ponies. It was also a chance to make new friends. They returned home feeling very tired and happy, clutching certificates and rosettes.
Three of our volunteers had the honour of being presented to the Princess Royal, who is President of the Riding for the Disabled Association. This happened at the semi-finals of The Queen’s Cup, a prestigious polo match held at The Guards’ Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, to which members of RDA were invited. It was lovely to meet the Princess who is so interested in the role of RDA throughout the country. The polo matches were really exciting – fast and furious play. Certainly a day to remember.
We are so grateful to the team at Mags4Dorset – they have brought us to your attention through these columns and are introducing us to new friends and supporters.