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TRUCK MUSIC FESTIVAL 21 – 23 July 2017

TRUCK MUSIC FESTIVAL 21 – 23 July 2017

Elizabeth Leaver and her brilliant team of friends have run the Great British Cuppa Café at the TRUCK music festival for the past two years in aid of Newbury Riding for the Disabled. This year was the 20th Festival and Elizabeth says: “a very special thank you to the Binning Family who allow this unique event to happen on Hill Farm, Steventon!”

As you will see from the photos, the weather was a bit of a challenge but the Café raised another significant donation for us again this year. Many, many thanks to all those who helped over the weekend, including Nicola, Clare, Rachel and Ann from RDA; and to all those volunteers who baked such delicious looking cakes.

Did Elizabeth really say that it was “over until next year”?!

Thank you Elizabeth for all your hard work.

Chloe and Sam excel at the National Championships on 16 July.

Chloe and Sam excel at the National Championships on 16 July.

The ponies had an adventurous journey to Hartpury, enduring a blow-out on the trailer on Birdlip Hill, but everyone arrived in one piece and immediately had to get Chloe and Bungle into the ring for their Countryside Challenge with Jane Allen leading and Catherine Pratt side walking.

Sam riding Murphy came 5th in their Countryside Challenge class with only leader, Jane, to help. In addition, they came 5th in the Best Turned Out class against much competition.

Chloe and Bungle came 1st in their Countryside Challenge class and also won the Class Championship.

Congratulations to everyone involved, particularly Cathy and Jan who turned the ponies out so beautifully; to Jane for all her hard work over the summer; to Catherine, the riders and their parents.

Well done!

RDA Regional Show at Wellington on 4 June

RDA Regional Show at Wellington on 4 June

Chloe, Layna, Luke, Isabelle and Sam competed at the RDA Regional show on the last day of half term on Bungle, Murphy and Boris. They had a busy day riding dressage tests and doing the Countryside Challenge (which is a bit like a handy pony competition). Many thanks are due to Jane Allen and Jenny Whiteman who spent many afternoons with the riders going through their tests and this resulted in the children coming home with lots of rosettes and happy smiles on their faces. Cathy, as always, produced the ponies to a high standard - they were gleaming.

Chloe and Sam riding Bungle and Murphy have qualified for, and will be competing at, the RDA Championships on 16 July at Hartpury - good luck!

Yattendon Fete Tombola - 30 May

Yattendon Fete Tombola - 30 May

The Children’s Tombola at Yattendon Fete raised a wonderful £120 for Newbury RDA. Many thanks to Sue Bertie, Georgie Woods and Mary Iliffe for organising and running the stall at this very popular Bank Holiday event.

Balmoral Class has a fabulous day out at Windsor Horse Show

Balmoral Class has a fabulous day out at Windsor Horse Show

The children from Balmoral Class and all the volunteers from the Thursday morning RDA class dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland for the Windsor Lions RDA Fancy Dress Class at Windsor Horse Show on 11 May. Ethan on Murphy and Emily on Bungle were cheered on by their friends who were delighted with their fifth place. The Mad Hatter’s hat and Queen of Hearts’ crown were made by our very talented coach, Ursula. Everyone else pitched in to make up all the other outfits.

We had a huge picnic afterwards, which Cathy and Jan joined after settling the ponies, during which the children spent most of the time glued to the activities in the ring which ranged from Disabled Driving to racehorses retrained at Polo Ponies.

30th April - Cathy and Amanda’s Tack Sale - a great success

30th April - Cathy and Amanda’s Tack Sale - a great success

10+ stalls, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and excellent snacks contributed to the success of the Tack Sale at Wyld Court on 30 April. Many thanks to Cathy, Amanda and the Sunday morning volunteers for arranging everything. The proceeds more than covered the cost of a new hot water hose/shower for the horses.

11th March - Wine Bluff Fundraiser in March

11th March - Wine Bluff Fundraiser in March

Almost £4,000 raised on 11 March by the Thursday class who ran an informative and thoroughly enjoyable Wine Bluff, Silent Auction and picnic evening at Hampstead Norreys village hall. A terrific result - thank you to everyone who took part and well done to all those involved.