RDA Regional Dressage

It was all go this weekend at Ravelrig RDA with the RDA Regional Dressage Competition on Sunday 27th May.

On Saturday there was a hive of activity in the stables with cleaning the horses, tack and trailer and making sure everything was looking their best for the competition.

Thank you to everyone who came to help on the Saturday and Sunday and made the event such a success.

Ravelrig RDA riders did exceptionally well and congratulations need to go to the following.

Pamela Johnston who has just been riding with Ravelrig RDA for 6 weeks!

  • Best Turned Out Trophy
  • First in Class – Qualified for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury 2018

Eilidh Angus is 12 years old and this was her very first Dressage Competition.

  • First in Class – Qualified for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury 2018

Diane Allan

  • Second in Class – Qualified for the RDA National Championships in Hartpury 2018

Rachel Ferguson

  • First Place in Individual Collage in the Arts & Crafts Regional Qualifiers.  Her artwork will be entered in to the RDA National Championships

Here’s some photos from the day.

 

Good friends

It’s always lovely to see the Ravelrig horses playing with each other after doing their RDA work.  With the sun out and the grass growing they are full of beans.

Here is Teemo and Thumper giving each other a good back scratch.  Who needs to find a fence post to scratch on when you have a good friend about?

Scratch

Good friends

 

Out for a ride

Sally and Irene went out on a short hack earlier this week on Paco and Buddie.  They had a great time and the sun was shining all the time for them.  Paco and Buddie were so well behaved and enjoyed stretching their legs outside Ravelrig RDA.

They also looked super smart with their new numnahs that Irene had bought for us.  They are a lovely purple with Ravelrig RDA embroidered onto them in gold thread.

The grass is greener

The Ravelrig horses are all out in the green fields eating the lovely new grass that has eventually started to grow now the weather has improved.

The last few weeks they were getting eager to leave the hay behind and venture out to the grass and Paco even made a bid for freedom, much to the confusion of the others.  They all seem very happy to be out in the fields today soaking up a bit of sun too.

Field time

Sunshine at Ravelrig

 

Keeping Active

Winter has certainly dragged on this year, but we are not letting it get us down at Ravelrig.  We had a visit at the end of March from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, who are running a project called MSS Active Together to help build motivation and confidence for those affected by MS to get more physically active.

There were six riders who joined us, with Thumper and Teemo helping show them the ropes.  Some of them had never ridden before, so it was lovely to see smiles and laughter from everyone involved.

Tracey from the MS Society said “The session could not have been any better, we were very thankful and appreciative of the support received from your marvellous team of volunteers”

We hope to welcome the six to regular lessons here at Ravelrig.

Annual Health Check

Tess from Dick Vets arrived at Ravelrig yesterday to give each of our horses their annual health check.  Tess had a good look at each of the horses in their stable to begin with, checking their eyes, heart and bones.

After Tess had given them a good look at in the stable, each of them were led out by Barbara and walked up and down the yard.  From doing this Tess was able to have a good look at each of them and how they walked to make sure they were not lame or looked like they were holding themselves differently.

Then, much to Barbara’s delight they each had to trot, so Barbara must have run at least a mile yesterday with all of the horses.

Each of the horses were given a clean bill of health and Tess was really pleased with them.

Thank you Tess!

 

Toby

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Toby has passed away, suddenly, but peacefully during the night.  He was in the field, surrounded by all his pony friends at Ravelrig RDA.

We understand you will find this very sad and we will share more information with you once we have spoken to the vet.

Rest in Peace Toby, you will be missed by everyone.

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Further News on the sad death of Toby.

We have received the post mortem results for Toby and they revealed he died of acute peritinitus.

This has been described as a freak situation and it was not preventable. The vet said his death would have been very quick. The rest of the herd are fit and healthy but a bit subdued which is normal after the loss of a herd member.

Toby was a wonderful, trustworthy and calm member of the Ravelrig RDA team. We can all picture him usually a bit muddy or having a snooze. Here he is, looking very handsome, in a display before HRH Princess Anne – doesn’t he look smart?

Thank you to the transport company, Dick Vet and volunteers who have helped Ravelrig RDA at this time.

Toby

Toby

 

Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you like me and run out of gift ideas or have those family members or friends that are just so difficult to buy for?  You’ve bought them hankies, socks, jumpers and toiletries for the last few years and need a bit of inspiration?

Well, we are here to help and we have the most unique presents to suggest.  All your present buying woes will be taken care of and you will be helping a wonderful charity at the same time.  Is this possible I hear you ask, well yes it is.

Why not ADOPT one of Ravelrig’s wonderful horses?  For just £30 your friend will receive a Welcome Pack, Birthday & Christmas card and a pony ride.  I know it’s really only £30!

Click here for more information and give us a shout if you have any questions.

Beach Ride

About to head down on to the beach