Chairman's Report to the AGM held on 4 June 2018

Chairman's Report to the AGM held on 4 June 2018

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE NEWBURY GROUP 2017 - 2018

This year in addition to having riders from Castle School, Priors Court School and Theale Primary School we welcomed new riders from The Avenue School, Trinity and Fir Tree Schools.

We have an increasing number of private riders coming at various times before and after other school classes. They are cleverly organised by Cassilda Courtier-Dutton to fill spaces we never knew we had and reduce our very long waiting list. The Sunday class now has back-riding which gives the more disabled rider a chance to sit on a horse in front of a physiotherapist. At the moment, the Physio is Elspeth Mc Donnell from South Region. It is incredible to see the riders’ enjoyment and progress, hopefully to be an independent rider. Thank you Cassilda for working so hard organising these lessons and Elspeth for coming from Guilford each week to take the back-riding.

Thank you to our Stable Manager, Cathy Edwards, who turns the ponies out for the events so beautifully and looks after the ponies so well.

We managed to balance the books last year with all your hard work running fundraising events. Many thanks must go to the Autumn Fair Committee for their amazing efforts and contributing a huge amount towards our running costs. Thanks also to Sally Sanderson and Jo Stevenson-Hamilton for organising the Treasure Hunt and the Reading Male voice choir for doing a concert in Hampstead Norreys Village Hall.

A huge thank you to all our Volunteers, all the coaches, class organisers and helpers are vital to the smooth running of the stables and safety of our riders. We cannot thank them enough for the time they spend working for Newbury RDA.

Lucy Hanbury and Clare Spencer Newbury RDA
4 June 2018