Riding into 2019

The winter break at Ravelrig RDA is coming to an end and the riding is starting up again from Saturday 2nd February.

Please be aware that each riding session is still dependable on the weather, health of the ponies and volunteer availability.  (If there are any issues you will be notified).

All the volunteers and ponies are looking forward to seeing you all back at Ravelrig RDA soon!

Teemo tucking in to his breakfast

Dressage

Everyone at Ravelrig will be cheering for Dianne Allan, one of our Monday night riders who is competing in the RDA National Championships down in Hartpury in Gloucestshire.  The event is running from Friday 13th July until Sunday 15th July and Dianne’s event is on the Saturday.

We all wish her the best of luck on the day, we know she will have an amazing time.

We also want to thank Borders RDA group for allowing Dianne to ride one of their wonderful horses, Domino at the event.

Good Luck and looking forward to hearing all about it!

Domino the horse

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.

 

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.

Riding of the Marches

While we were all busy at Ravelrig with the Dog Show there were some of our volunteers, families and riders at the City Chambers in Edinburgh by invitation from the Lord and Lady Provost of Edinburgh to watch the Riding of the Marches.

Everyone had a great time and here’s some photographs from the day.

The Big Ride

A few weeks ago some riders, volunteers and horses headed out from Ravelrig RDA to Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre in Fife to take part in the RDA Big Ride.   The Big Ride involves Sam Orde, who is RDA’s Chairperson travelling to all 18 RDA’s regions and taking part in a ride or carriage drives to raise money for the Riding for the Disabled National Training Centre in Warwickshire.

Everyone who went from Ravelrig had a great day out and Millie even had her log book signed by Sam herself!

So a big thank you to Shiresmill for hosting it and welcoming us along on what turned out to be a great day out.

 

A walk in the Pentlands

Our horses and riders enjoy the lessons in the arena but it’s always nice for them to get out and enjoy the beautiful area around Balerno we are so lucky to have.

Ravelrig is based at the foot of the Pentland Hills so what better way to explore, but on horseback.  Friday night a group of riders and volunteers from the stables went out to Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs and had a great time soaking up the sun and looking what wildlife and farm animals they could spot.

Thank you to everyone who took part and the helpers who made it possible.

Olympic Magic

Well done to Mark Meadows one of Ravelrig’s Saturday riders.

Mark took part in the Special Olympics held in Sheffield last week and won two medals in the swimming events.

Winning not one but two medals –  Silver for 100mtr backstroke and Bronze for 100mtr freestyle.

John, Marks dad said “He was exhausted when he got home yesterday evening but he has been having a good rest and seems to be back to normal now! He was chuffed that you had all take such an interest!   Thank you so much”

 

Dressage

Well Done to everyone who took part in the Edinburgh and Borders RDA Region Dressage Qualifiers at the weekend.  The event took place in the Scottish National Equestrian Centre and Tonto went along with three of our riders strut their stuff.

Our riders did Ravelrig proud and with three 1st positions and one 3rd.  We were overjoyed with everyone’s hard work.

The prize winners were

Calum Leather, in the senior group, Finlay Burnside and Reann Hornby in the Junior group.

Alisha Dickson was another winner in the Arts and Craft section for her wonderful model of Buddie and her.

And not to be left out Tonto who Calum, Finlay and Reann all rode won for best Condition and Turnout.

Well Done Everyone!

Rider Achievements 2016

Well done to all the Ravelrig RDA Riders who took part in this years Regional Dressage Championship held at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre in Uphall.
Ravelrig RDA offers and supports a wide range of local and national activities which our riders participate in.

Since 2013 riders have had the opportunity to take part in the RDA nationally accredited qualification ‘Towards Independence’ developed in partnership with ASDAN, an awarding body approved by QCA, DELLS and CCEA.

Riders are also supported in regional activities such as dressage competitions and non-equine activities such as arts and crafts competitions

2016 Regional Dressage Competition

On 8th April 2016, more than a dozen riders from Ravelrig RDA took part on various classes at the Edinburgh, Lothians & Fife Regional Dressage Championships held at the Scottish Equestrian Centre in Uphall.  The riders, horses and volunteers were incredibly well turned out and represented Ravelrig RDA with style.

There were numerous placings across the classes, including a win for Tommy Main on the late, great Red and a Best Turned out award for Ruth Porter and Buddie.

Everyone had a fantastic day and volunteers from Ravelrig even manned the Cafe to support it’s Regional colleagues.

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