Monday, 29 November 2010

Riding for the Disabled

Riding for the disabled or RDA is proud to be celebrating 40 years of delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities. RDA was founded in 1965 as the Advisory Council on Riding for the Disabled with 9 Member Groups and became the Riding for the Disabled Association.

In 1969 when membership had grown to 80 member groups. The president at that time was Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk with HRH The Princess Anne as Patron.The first RDA National RDA Dressage Championships took place in 1981 and were expanded to include all RDA disciplines with the First RDA National Championships.The Association now has over 500 Member groups which cater for more than 23,000 Riders and carriage drivers.

The way RDA works is that a riding school can apply to be a RDA branch. They will undergo an inspection and staff training until they become an official RDA centre. Whether you are paralysed or autistic, blind or deaf the lovely people at RDA will find a way to get you in the saddle. 

I was delighted to find a Riding for the Disabled centre at my local riding school. I am able to ride a calm, intelligent pony and be taught by a nice and smiley instructor. I love dressage and though reading the arena letters is tricky, I have found a good way of overcoming that problem. I count a beat going between letters and I memorise the letter positions. My instructor is really understanding and she pushes my ability but at the same time doesn't pressure me. Since starting riding I have gained confidence and improved my fitness - I go once a week and it is definitely the highlight of my week. 

I would recommend horse riding to anyone as it is such a rewarding hobby - RDA makes this enjoyable passtime availible to all and what a good job they do!

Sunday, 28 November 2010


On the 28th of November East Yorkshire turned into an ice cube. The night before temperatures reached an all time low at -10c. A record! Cars were bumper to bumper in the usually quiet roads, ponds froze and snow fell! Snow showers were continuous through the afternoon getting heavier as night approached. I took to the Westwood and went sledging, the cold was griping but my childish side took over and I soon got sliding. Lots of children were sledging and a few babies were seeing their first snow, it was truly beautiful. We jumped back into the car and set off – almost. The wheels wouldn’t move on the ice, they slid about, but wouldn’t shift. A friendly man helped us hit the road and we were soon drinking cocoa in front of the fire. Yet more madness as facebook went crazy with constant status updates, and my phone buzzed too. News travels fast, school is closed tomorrow. After celebrating my freedom I went for a walk: and as I had my long cane in hand, I decided to prod the village lake and as I thought it was rock solid. It really has been an intriguing day… 

Who doesn't eat snowflakes?!

Me in the snow.

Me again.




My dog Gracie!


Mum sledging.

Go mum!

Me and Gracie sledging.

Dad, me and Grace.

Me, Gracie and mum.

Me and Gracie.

The lake.

Me prodding the lake.

Rock solid lake!

The ducks stuck on top of the lake.


Icy road in my village!


Me in my favourite place,

Dad messing about.

My teddy (I was MEGA bored!)

Look who's here!

Flame my cat!

Great Ormond Street Hospital

In the summer holidays my best friend Leah and I did a sponsored swim for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. We did it as part of operation lifestyle run by Humberside Police.  Operation Lifestyle is run by the police to get young people involved with the local community and keep them busy during the summer holidays.

We set off early to the local leisure centre and started our swim straight away, our aim was to do 100 lengths each swimming. We did well and reached our goal in five hours (Including breaks). We raised £170 for the hospital which is enough to make a few children smile.  I have experienced the Great Ormond Street Hospital magic and I think it is an amazing cause and deserves all the credit it gets.

Me, Leah and Shaun - A worker at the pool.

A High energy lunch!

Us with the lifeguards.


Me and Leah - very tired after finishing!