Berwickshire group Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) have finished their season and are all set for a well-earned summer rest.
Over the past year group riders and vaulters have been involved in nativity plays, vaulting competitions, the Borders Inter Group Quiz, regional arts and crafts, endurance riding, and three musical riders have qualified for the national championships.
The new Endeavour Award has let most of the riders and vaulters achieve a certificate for their hard work and some have taken RDA grade tests.
Berwickshire group chairperson Margaret Morgan said: “This could not happen without the help of the group’s wonderful volunteers who give up time each week to let everyone achieve and attend training days so they keep up to date.”
Anthea Drysdale, Sharon Baker and Lyn Warholm have been presented with 15-year long service certificates and Jenny Thumwood, Pat Roe and Shelagh Forbes their volunteer certificates.
“The group of course could not operate without the help of our horses and ponies and they all work hard to let riders and vaulters have fun each week,” added Mrs Morgan.
“Sadly, we lost three good friends, Charlie Brown, Toby and Mambys Murphy, who all left big shoes to fill. Housten has joined Bart Simpson, Royal Dalton, Baloo and Caffrys to keep up the good work.”
Horses too are rewarded for long service and Bart Simpson, who has helped for five years, and Caffrys, for 15, received RDA long service medals.
“We could not continue without the help of all our wonderful fundraisers and volunteers,” Mrs Morgan added. “Riders and vaulters have excelled themselves in the last year, and the group would like to thank everyone who has been a sponsor, donated to the group or provided help in any way. Your input is much appreciated.”
At the end of term competitions trophies were awarded to the following:
Monday: The Borthwick Trophy – Cammy Sinclair
Tuesday: The Snoopy Trophy – Thomas McGregor. Evening: The Andy Millar Quaich – Carrie Tait
Wednesday: The Domino Trophy – Lauren Hunter
Thursday: The Tony Trophy – Erikas Rudokas
Group’s Favourite Horse: The Nisbet Trophy – Royal Dalton
Volunteer of the Year: Tully Trophy – Jamie Bromley
Citizenship: The Poppy Drysdale Trophy– Anthea Drysdale
Riding and vaulting will restart in the first week of September.