Riders make the grade at Plumpton College

Theo riding Toby with Annie Irving his examiner SUS-141218-101740001
Theo riding Toby with Annie Irving his examiner SUS-141218-101740001

A total of seventeen Hope in the Valley RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) riders, aged between 4 and 15, keenly demonstrated their riding skills and horse-care knowledge to External Examiners, Rosemary Harrison and Annie Irving, at Plumpton College on 29 November 2014.

The Group instructors entered the riders for Grade Tests in Riding and/or Horse-care and set Achievement targets as appropriate for the riders’ ability.

The following Grades were awarded;

Grade 1: Chloe, Sophie, Theo

Grade 1 Riding: Josiah, Sam, Owen and Toby

Grade 2: Willow and Nancy

Grade 3: Lottie

Grade 3 Horse-care: George

Achievements were attained by: Deian, Isabelle, Sydney-Mae, Daisy, Zachy, Jack, George

The Examiners presented the successful riders with Certificates for their Records of Achievement and Badges to show their school teachers and friends.

It takes hard work and courage for the riders to perform in public, and every success brings self-esteem and confidence.

Mrs Lesley Morrill, Hope in the Valley Chairman said: “These are great results and we are all very proud of our riders’ achievements that are a clear reflection of the value of riding with the RDA for these children. All the volunteers who work with and support the riders derive great pleasure from these results.”

To help continue with this work for disabled children, Hope in the Valley would be pleased to receive offers of help, particularly from trailer drivers, and offers of ponies. Please note that volunteers are given RDA training and do not have to be experienced with horses, and all ponies have to be assessed as suitable before being used.

For more information about Hope in the Valley visit www.hopeinthevalley.org, email info@hopeinthevalley.org or call 0845 241 5358

Pictured is Theo riding Toby with Annie Irving his examiner,

Report and picture contributed by Jan Abrahams.