It’s our Open Day

It’s all go at Ravelrig RDA this week getting everything organised for the annual Summer Open Day.

We have had the help of some wonderful work parties from HSBC and Lloyds and some of our own wonderful volunteers giving their time and energy to make the place and horses look great for Sunday.

Thanks to the weather and Storm Hector we had to take down the marquee that was up in the car park to then re-erect it to prevent it taking off and flying over Balerno.

We are all excited about the day and look forward to meeting you all between 12noon – 4pm

We have lots to keep you entertained from our tasty BBQ, cafe, magician, craft stalls, tombolas, raffle, riding and much more.

Remember we do have limited space for parking, so if it’s easy for you to walk…


Baking Hot!

Our Open Days just wouldn’t be the same without homebaking provided by our wonderful volunteers and supporters.

We have a dedicated stall for the baking and the cakes and bakes come in all shapes and sizes and calorific values.

The tasty treats look tantalisingly delicious and we usually sell out of them pretty quickly.  We raised just under £200 last year, let’s see if we can beat that figure this year.

Bake for Ravelrig!


Thank you so much to Katie Allan who ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Gillian Hogarth who ran the Edinburgh 10Km both for Ravelrig RDA.

Their hard work and dedication they showed in the run up to the event, training in the terrible weather we have had really paid off and they both thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Katie said

It was such a challenge but I am so glad I did it. I have a new found love so I have already signed myself up to do the Scottish half in September.

I just want to say how much fun I had on the day and I am so glad I raised money for such an amazing charity. My sister gets so much pleasure from riding the horses at Ravelrig. Her face lights up and she has a big smile on her face when riding, especially when she is able to trot. It was the only charity I could do the run for because I know how much it means to Emma and my family.

Gillian said

I am celebrating my 50th with a party that evening so I have asked that people sponsor me rather than gifts. I put a moderate target down but hope to raise considerably more. Our daughter, Anna very much enjoys helping at the Balerno RDA and we are delighted that she is training to be an instructor. She is going to Edinburgh university in September to study veterinary medicine so will be able to continue supporting such a great cause.

They have managed to raise an amazingly, wonderful amount of over £2,700 for Ravelrig.  We are so grateful to them both and if anyone wants to set themselves a challenge and raise money for Ravelrig in the process, let us know.

Countdown to the Open Day

It’s now only 12 days until our Summer Open Day on the 17th June.

Opening at 12noon – 4pm the day is set to be a great event with pony rides, raffles, tombolas, craft stalls, BBQ, cafe and lots more to keep you entertained.

  • Remember if you have any items you can donate to our four Tombolas please bring them to the Club Room by 14th June Toys, Chocolate, General and Bottle Tombolas
  • We are also looking for your wonderful homebaking again so grab your pinny and get baking.
  • If you are able to give a couple of hours on Sunday 10th June to help tidy the stables and gardens in preparation for the event please pop over between 9am – 6pm on 10th June.  For more information about this click here
  • And if you are able to help out on the day please add your name to the list pinned to the Fundraising notice board in the Club Room.



Meet our June sponsors

JustB who are a luxurious Guest House and Bungalow based in Balerno are our calendar sponsors for June.

Karen & Geoff combine their knowledge and experience in the hospitality and travel industries to create a 5* getaway here in Balerno.

Do you have friends or relatives visiting you over the summer and is the sofa or tent in the garden just a bit too much for them?  Why not pop over to JustB and have a look at what they have available.

JustB in Balerno

JustB in Balerno


Ola, it’s our Tombola!

With our Summer Open Day coming up on the 17th June we are looking for donations for our four Tombolas that we run on the day.

  • Toys

  • General

  • Chocolate

  • Bottle

They are always popular and we are so grateful for all the donations received.

Last year the tombolas alone raised over £600, which is a fantastic amount, so please look out unwanted gifts, pick up items on special offer in the supermarket or why not donate that chocolate box you will definitely not need to eat!

If you can bring your donations along to Ravelrig and leave them in the club room by 14th June we would really appreciate it!

Thank you!


It's our Tombola

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.


Running for Ravelrig

This weekend it’s the Edinburgh Marathon Festival with lots of different races and events going on over the two days.  We are very proud to say that two of our supporters are running in aid of Ravelrig RDA.

Gillian Hogarth is running the 10km on Saturday 26th May.  Gillian’s daughter Anna is one of our wonderful volunteers and is training to become a coach with us.  Anna is also off to study Veterinary medicine in Edinburgh in September, so will be able to continue her work with us, which are so pleased about.  Gillian is also celebrating her 50th birthday party that evening, so she will have definitely have earned a glass of bubbly!

Our second runner is Katie Allan who is running the half marathon on the Sunday 27th May.  Katie’s sister Emma has been a rider with us at Ravelrig for 14 years and loves it, Katie says that her face lights up as soon as she is on a horse.

Both Gillian and Katie have done a fantastic job training for their events, especially in the cold weather we have had this year, I don’t know many people who would want to go running in the wind and rain!  Thank you to them both for their support and determination, we will be so grateful for the donations and they will go a long way in helping support both our riders and horses here at Ravelrig and allow us to continue helping others.

Good Luck & Thank You from everyone at Ravelrig 

There’s still time to show your support for Gillian and Katie on their Just Giving pages or why not pop along to shout them from the sidelines.


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?


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.