|RDA Coach, Sophie Hurrell-Day, on Daisy|
|Sophie on Dominic|
We are new arrivals at the centre and have settled in very well. We are looking forward to working as RDA ponies and excited to be helping our riders learn new skills.
Before Christmas, there was a fundraising party for our riders. It was very well attended and everyone had a great time...
Over the Christmas period, RDA ponies joined the livery horses for a ride out. Both riders and ponies dressed up for the occasion.
Para Dressage rider, Gayle Bloomfield, got our vote for best dressed Santa...
|Gayle 'Santa' Bloomfield on Lucca|
and Lucca was trying her best to look like a reindeer!
As it has been very cold, Lead Coach, Sam Orde, helps keep both riders and ponies warm by playing games during sessions. A popular game is 'throw the dice'.
|Jack and Rhys throw dice|
|Sam checks the number on the dice|
|Sam asks for the next throw of a dice as George takes the lead|
As George is the largest horse, he makes the biggest strides down the arena!
We also bend around cones...
|Jasmine steers Chief around cones with help from volunteer Chris|
|Chairman, Malcolm Haigh, and volunteer Anna help Domino's rider change the rein|
|Robbie is steered around cones off the lead rope|
In other news, we were delighted to get funding for the purchase of new riding hats. Huge thanks go to the Community Foundation for Northumberland and to Northumbrian Water.
|Children, holding our new hats, have their picture taken for a local newspaper article|
And finally, we are very sad to say goodbye to Lily. We wish her a very happy retirement in her new home...