RDA Winners at the British Horse Society Awards

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Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was well represented amongst the winners at The British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual awards ceremony at Saddlers’ Hall in London.

The BHS Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of the society’s volunteers, supporters and partners over the past year, covering safety, access, welfare, education and participation. Members and volunteers of the BHS nominate individuals across 29 categories with the winners then selected by the Board of Trustees.

Caroline Ward, Communications Manager at RDA UK said;

It is wonderful to see representatives of RDA recognised for their contribution. Most of those who coach at RDA groups do so on a voluntary basis, giving up their own time to make a real difference to our riders.”

The Awards

The Approved Centre award went to RDA Sandyflat based in Glasgow. This award goes to a centre that has made a great difference to their community.


Julia Hillson who was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Glasgow RDA said:

It has been an absolute honour and delight to receive this award on behalf of RDA Glasgow, Sandyflat which has been received with elation by everyone involved in the centre.

Yard Manager at Glasgow RDA, Lynda McKeeman added:

I would personally like to thank those people who considered our centre and would like to say how proud I am to have the recognition of the BHS.

Tracy Steel from Tyne and Wear RDA was presented with the Changing Lives Through Horses Coach Award, which recognises a coaches exceptional dedication to their participant’s personal growth and development.

Two representatives from Accessibility Mark centres were amongst those recognised with Ben Mitchell from Littlebourne Equestrian Centre picking up the Accredited Professional Coach Award – Approved Centre and Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School awarded the Helen Barton Smith Silver Stirrup Award.

Accessibility Mark is a nationwide joint scheme between Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and the British Equestrian Federation to provide more riding opportunities for disabled people. For more information visit www.rda.org.uk


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