Preparations are well under way for the official celebration week to mark the 50th anniversary of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
Taking place from September 30 – October 6, RDA Groups up and down the country will be holding special events and activities to celebrate 50 years of fun, therapy and achievement through horses.
Throughout the 1960’s the benefit of riding for disabled adults and children was increasingly being recognised and a loose organisation known as the Advisory Council on Riding for the Disabled (ACRD) was formed to exchange ideas and knowledge.
With 23 disabled riding groups across the UK, the Riding for the Disabled Association was born at an AGM meeting of the ACRD in October 1969, which is why the first week in October has been chosen as the official celebration week.
During a year of festivities that have been building up to the official anniversary, the charity has seen some fantastic developments including the opening of the National Training Centre by RDA President, Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.
Celebration Week provides an opportunity for RDA Groups to gather together their volunteers and participants to have fun and recognise the achievements of the organisation over the past 50 years.
Some of the events already planned include musical rides, pageants and yard parties, as well as celebrations to recognise some of the longest serving volunteers in RDA Groups.
To find an RDA Group near you visit www.rda.org.uk