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 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!

Newsletter is out!

Our latest Newsletter from Ravelrig is now out and should be in your “inbox”

It is a new format, we hope you like it.  With less to read and more to click on it is easier to digest and pop in and out of as you wish.

If you have any feedback on the new look or if you have any questions or queries about the content then please let Katie know on

office@ravelrig-rda.org.uk

Click here to read our Newsletter

Nosey

Buddie getting a closer look

Thank you!

 

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!

 

Indoor Arena

Planned Indoor Riding Arena and Associated Facilities at Ravelrig RDA

It is with regret that the Trustees of Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled Association have decided not to proceed with the proposed development of their indoor school at Balerno. Escalating project costs and increased financial risk in the long term were the major factors in what has been a difficult decision for all concerned. It was also clear that a compromised scaled back development would fall short of the project’s original aims.

In addition to the financial decision, the Trustees recognise that work on the project was making it more difficult to concentrate on the Group’s main aims and objectives, as a vital resource for disabled people in the local area. This decision will allow the whole Ravelrig community – riders, families and volunteers – to focus on the life-changing benefits of horses, and to enjoy being part of the Ravelrig family.

Ravelrig RDA offers an inspirational and welcoming environment for people of all ages to benefit from horses, to enjoy the outdoors and the stunning views of Balerno. Having deliberated long and hard over their decision, the Trustees are now focussed on the future of Ravelrig, putting riders’ needs first and increasing the number of individuals who can benefit from the Group’s activities. We have contacted all our donors and organisations who have pledged funds informing them of this decision.

Kind regards

Barbara Johnstone MBE
Group Organiser

I can see CLEARLY now …

Many of you will have already seen our fantastic 2018 calendar or even have it hanging in your kitchen or office.  There are still a few left so if you want one then let us know at office@ravelrig-rda.org.uk  At just £6 each they are a real bargain

To make this possible we have received sponsorship from 12 lovely local businesses, ranging from hairdressers to doggie day care.

January’s sponsor is ClearVue Opticians who are based in Bryce Road in Currie, just round the corner from the Corner Cafe.  They have a fantastic selection of frames and are so helpful and friendly.  If you think you need a check up or are finding you are having to stretch your arms that bit longer to read the paper then why not contact them for an appointment?

Clearvue Opticians 0131 449 6889      enquiries@clearvueopticians.co.uk

 

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

 

Get Baking for Ravelrig!

It’s our Christmas Open Day and we are looking for all your bakers and cake makers out there to fling on your pinny and get baking for us!

Any donation big or small will be greatly appreciated and like every Open Day we have there won’t be a crumb left in sight at closing time!

You can drop off your goodies either on the Saturday 25th or the morning of Sunday 26th

Thank you!

Get baking for Ravelrig

For our Christmas Open Day

A Pawsome Dog Show

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Dog Show on Sunday, we had over 40 dogs taking part and we all had a barktastic time.

The event was kindly sponsored by our friends at Coxydene Farm Foods in Kirknewton, who provided prizes for the classes and raffle.  We are really grateful for their support and generosity.

We had 6 classes and the big finale was the Best in Show.  The most entertaining class was the best retrieve which created a few giggles.  A big thank you to all the lovely dogs who took part and they were all so well behaved.

We raised over £400 for Ravelrig, which is fantastic and will go a long way in helping support the stables, horses and riders.  Our events are not possible without the people organising, the generosity of people with raffle prizes, home baking and of course the wonderful volunteers who helped on the day.

Don’t forget we have our Book Sale coming up at the end of September at the Gyle, if you have any books or are able to help over the weekend of the sale then please let us know.

Thank you