Running for Ravelrig

We have some fantastic supporters of Ravelrig, with two people who ran at the Edinburgh marathon event earlier this year and we also have Graham Wright taking part in the half marathon in Vale, South Wales at the beginning of November.

Graham has supported us a great deal over the years so we appreciate this, especially running in cold November!

If you want to support Graham, pop over to his Just Giving page.

Good Luck Graham!


Graham Wright running the Vale Half Marathon for Ravelrig RDA


Ceilidh Time

The RDA Annual General Meeting is on the 14th November and they are holding a ceilidh on the evening of the 13th November in The Trades Hall in Glasgow.  Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and the John Carmichael’s Ceilidh Band, welcome drink, whisky tasting and raffle it’s going to be a fun packed evening.

The tickets are just £35 each or for a group of 10 the table is just £300.

Ravelrig RDA are hoping to get a table together to join in the dancing and partying so if you would like to join the crowd then pop your name on the list in the Club Room.

Meet our new recruit

The office is a busy place at Ravelrig RDA and there is always something to do.  There’s lots of filing, emailing, typing, printing, phoning and copying, so we are never stuck for work.  We have welcomed a new recruit into the office and we would like to introduce him to you all.

Meet Jack.

Between  you and me, I don’t rate him much as he appears to sleep more than work!


Harris joining in the work

We had a great work party from Lloyds Banking Group last week who worked their socks off for us at Ravelrig.  Here’s what Michelle, one of the team had to say about it.

“Please extend our thanks to everyone at RDA, particularly Sally and John, for our warm welcome and fun filled day of volunteering.  Most of the team have previously volunteered at Ravelrig and we were delighted to be asked back again this year!

After a quick cup of tea and briefing on the day ahead, 2 of our team volunteers (Mark and Dougie) headed off into the fields with John to mend some fences and the remainder of the group (Karen, Linda, Jaclynn, Scott, Tom and Michelle) were put to work sanding and painting the outside buildings in preparation for the winter months.

The weather was very kind to us and we enjoyed a very productive day in the autumn sunshine and were lucky enough to meet the lovely Harris too!  Thanks again and we hope to see you all again soon!”

Ravelrig takes a lot of maintenance, from looking after the horses health and well-being to making sure the vehicles, fences and buildings are fit for purpose.  This all takes time and energy and we are so grateful to these individuals and businesses who come and help at Ravelrig.

Here’s the team with their newest member Harris!

Lloyds work party

Our wonderful work party from Lloyds with Harris their new recruit



Donating for FREE!

Did you know you can donate to Ravelrig without actually spending any money?

With you can shop through them with all the major stores and websites and each time you buy something THEY donate a percentage of your purchases to US!

As of last week with all your shopping you have managed to raise just over £500 for Ravelrig RDA.

It’s so easy to do…

  1. register on
  2. select Ravelrig RDA as your charity
  3. everytime you shop on line go to and select the online store you want
  4. buy a new top, holiday, boat, shed, armadillo…..
  5. Ravelrig RDA receives money!
  6. YIPPEEE,  pennies make pounds = make Ravelrig horses happy!
Fundraising select Ravelrig RDA as your charity

Working at the Car Wash!

We had a fantastic fundraising weekend here at Ravelrig RDA, with our Tack Sale, Car Wash and Cafe.   Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to help raise a fantastic £770 over the three events.  A big thank you to Sally for organising the bumper Tack Sale, which spanned over 3 areas and everything was so beautifully displayed.  There’s still more tack to sell so we will be able to raise even more money.

The weather was really kind to us and the bacon rolls and home baking certainly kept the volunteers and customers happy.   I don’t know about anyone else who helped on the Car Wash, but today muscles I didn’t know I even had are aching.  Who needs a gym membership when you have a car to wash?

We are really grateful to B&Q at Newcraighall who supplied us with buckets and sponges and to Halfords at Straiton who donated the car shampoo.



Welcome Home Harris!

Barbara went to collect Harris last week.  He has been away from Ravelrig RDA for the last month doing some training to make sure he’s ready to start his RDA work with us.  The lady who was training him said he was a delight and so eager to learn and progress.

He was super happy to be back and even joined in one of the lessons on Saturday lead by Cara and looked really chuffed with himself.

Welcome Home Harris!


Fundraising at Ravelrig

Did you know it costs us £70,000 to run Ravelrig RDA each year?  We raise this money a number of ways, from donations from businesses, the local community, friends of Ravelrig, Grants and our very own fundraising activities.

We are always looking for new ways to raise funds and we are holding a Car Wash and Tack Sale on Sunday 23rd September.

From 12pm – 3pm we will be at Ravelrig RDA, buckets, bubbles and sponges at the ready to wash your dirty car for just £3 and at the same time there will be lots of Tack for sale in the barn.

Each event is being run independently, so it’s fine if you are not interested in Tack and just want your car washing or walk here and just want to peruse the Tack, (we won’t attack you with soap and water!).

There is lots of tack available from full bridles, rugs and lots more, so come along and see what you can pick up.

If you want to help on the day please pop your name on the lists in the Club Room – Thanks!

So, come along and help us raise lots of money for Ravelrig RDA!



Photo Shoot

Paul, a friend of Ravelrig RDA came along at the end of July armed with his camera and took lots of photos of the horses, stables, lessons and volunteers.

The photos are great and we will be adding some to the website over the next few months, but here’s a few to start with.

Thanks again Paul!

Photo Competition

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for the competition, it was lovely seeing them all.

Well done to following people who will all have a photo featured in the 2019 Ravelrig calendar

  • Abbie
  • Aimee
  • Amy
  • Andy
  • Brianag
  • Hannah
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Kate
  • Lynne
  • Molly
  • Pamela

We are busy putting the finishing touches to the calendar and are excited about revealing it soon!