Shropshire County RDA News

Page Updated: Sept  17

 Shropshire County Chairman


 Jacky Whittle

In Shropshire we have 8 Groups  spread throughout the County and we assist some 250+ children and adults to improve their lives and meet individual goals and challenges.  With the support of people like you, who cheerfully give up their free time to help by investing a couple of hours each week, we can continue to provide our life-changing activities and increase provision to include the thousands of needy people who are currently missing out.

Shropshire’s Cavalier Centre 
which for so long had been the dream of so many was finally on its way.
The Champagne and chocolate cake may not have said it all, but it was certainly a pointer to the future.  
The Perry Riding School founded by Jane Barker in 1995, has been sited at her Shrewsbury home. The committed president who has been to the county to boost the project is the Marquis of Hertford and so many hopes now rest in the scheme that those involved in achieving it are determined to go the extra mile.
At the formal launch, Catherine, Lady Forester was on hand to cut the first turf. As life vice-president of the Cavalier Centre, she has been a long-time supporter of the exciting undertaking – doubly so because her daughter Selina Graham has been involved from the beginning and is also a trustee of the project which is set to enhance the lives of so many who have mobility challenges but love horses and want to be part of the equine story.
The fundraising is now underway in earnest with some lovely stories of how money has been raised so far. For instance, organisers are delighted that the K12 Challenge has been completed. What’s that?
An initiative called ‘Kids with 12 Months to Complete their Challenge’ involved individuals or groups of young people taking on sporting challenges to raise £1,000 each with the aim to bring in the first £100,000 toward the estimated £1.2m funding which will eventually be needed. And what an incredible example for the future from the children’s amazing initiative.
There is much work involved in completing funding applications and submissions but there is also a huge groundswell of support for the project now and encouragingly, there many people offering support and practical help while Trusts and Foundations have positively expressed their support as well.

A Day out in Park Hall

 Emily Peters, the 15 year old daughter of a rider with the Baschurch & Loppington Group, surprised us all when she revealed she had been chosen as part of her National Citizen Scheme to promote RDA at a major local venue. Driven by her desire "to give RDA something in return for helping mum to get back in the saddle, to have a go and to win at the Nationals", Emily and a small team put on a great display for hundreds of visitors to the Park Hall Farm experience day. "We certainly got the message across as so many people were keen to learn what goes on and  that it IS what you can do that counts. We have truly enjoyed the challenge and the experience of engaging with so many people, it has given me and my friends so much more confidence and our web page has seen some donations too, a bonus but a nice one at that".

Thank You to Emily and her team for getting our message out there.


Shropshire was well represented at the National Championships this year.

We had two successes in the Musical Ride with Baschurch& Loppington coming 2nd in the Unled section and Wolverhampton and East Shropshire 5th  in the Led section.

Perry Group had a very successful weekend. Carys Haskell and Madison Johnston Morris both rode Dylan in the Countryside Challenge and both performed very well.

Perry's individual vaulters Owen Thomas, James Ashby and Blosson Burton all competed on Great Bear with James and Blossom winning their age groups.

The Perry vaulting team was 2nd in the team competition and received the trophy for best turned out horse and team fof the whole competition.

Sadly the two individual dressage riders who had qualified for the Championships, Sarah Price and Jackie Evans were neither of them well enough to attend, we wish them a speedy recovery.

For Brockton Court Diane Field achieved  a very good score oin the Show Jumping on a horse she first met half an hour previously. Many thanks to Penniewells Group for kindly  lending her Brandy as poor Alf was under the weather. Luckily by Sunday Alf was feeling much better and Louise Greer rode him to second place in a very strong Freestyle section and also came third in the Grade 2 Dressage.

Lauren Fitzpatrick, who is a member of both Brockton Court & Baschurch & Loppington Groups was 12th on Roxy from Brockton in a very busy dressage class. This was the first time that she had ridden Roxy in such an exciting (for Roxy!) environment.

Lauren  also  achieved 78% in Horse Care at Advanced Level.

Derwen Group didn't send anyone to the Championships but held a sponsored ride on the last day of term to support Sam Orde's Big Ride. They rode around the tracks at Walford College and raised £150 for the new National Training Centre.

"The Twins" see success in Shropshire.  Success at the Double came to the Fitzpatrick household when "The Twins", Amy and Lauren, were presented with their..................


The girls who ride with the Baschurch & Loppington Group have worked tirelessly over the last few months to complete the scheme requirements as helper volunteers after or during their sessions with the Group.  "You name it, we've done it" said the girls.  "Groom, muck out, tack up and clean, fetch and carry, lead and even washing up the coffee cups have all been on the agenda, whatever has needed to be done really".  It has been hard work and fun for the young riders both of whom have impressed their parents with their commitment to see the challenge through, especially as it has enabled them to help others in their own Group and at Wolverhampton & East Shropshire Group where mum, Tracey, has recently taken over the reins as Chairman. " We are a RDA family through and through and it gives us all so much pleasure."


"...... and it is great to be riding again",  not just a headline but the comments from the 3 riders who were in the saddle at Walford Equestrian Centre, the new home of the Derwen Group.

 The Group which has been running for some 40 years had to do a major re-think last year when Prescott Centre in Baschurch closed its doors. Knowing the demand was still there the team, headed by Liz Mc Brien the Chairman of 6 years, went about finding a new venue with the help of the County and Regional officials.  Walford College was approached and was very leaded to take on and support the Group. The routine has been established quickly and 3 riders enjoy stimulating activity in a first class facility under the guidance of SIAN & ADELE the group coaches.  Encouragement, enthusiasm and energy abounds amongst everyone involved in the Group. Some 18 volunteers, many with over 20 years of loyal service, have capacity to take on more riders should anyone wish to ride on Thursday mornings.

On hand to support her sister Claire Morgan, Beth, was delighted to see how much progress Claire has made. "Riding is a huge passion and Claire truly enjoys her sessions with RDA". "It 's always lots of fun" added Claire.

Pictured left is Ella Pither a recently joined volunteer.  " I come to RDA to help, to learn and gain experience of working with people with a disability.  I hope to go into teaching when I graduate and my time with the RDA can only help with that, and I agree with Claire, it is always fun". TMW

Wolverhampton and East Shropshire Group.

On Tuesday 1st November Diane Clutterbuck, Pippa Walker Tamsin Gibbons and Jo-Ann Hitherland came from the HR departments of several midland factories of CAT (Caterpillar). 

Tamsin had contacted us about Volunteering for a day. The group had discussed the need to paint our store room. 

They carefully rubbed down the exterior and then painted it.  The special zinc based paint was donated by 'Hire This' in Albrighton who supplied the portakabin tack room originally. They finished up by giving a sweep out and tidy to the interior. 

Huge thank you to the girls and to Caterpillar for giving their time and energy. And to our friends from Hire This.  

Welcome to Our New Shropshire County Chair

We are pleased to welcome our new Chairman Jackie Whittle, who is also Brockton Court Chairman.  Jackie has many years equine and admin knowledge to bring to the table having been DC of a Local Pony Club, Welcome.

Farewell and many thanks to Carla Howarth, the outgoing Chairman. 

We thank Carla for all her hard work in bringing Shropshire Groups together and organising fund raising events.  


The first day in November is celebrated as All Saints Day across the world yet in Shropshire the Rea Valley Group celebrated it as "All Smiles Day". The Group, which is based at Berriewood Riding Centre near Condover, operates over 2 days with the "Tuesday Group" being run by Amanda Gamble, a stalwart volunteer for over 11 years and Group Instructor of some 4 years. Ably supported by 13 regular volunteers Amanda oversees sessions for 15 riders who have varying degrees of challenge. Enough to be getting on with on any RDA day. Now add to the mix a visit by the Regional Chairman Anona White in her capacity as Training Advisor to carry out assessments and validations and many could be put off.  Not so for this enterprising team.

Rides with pole work, with games using number and colour recognition were all on display with the smiles and signs of enjoyment a ready feature from the riders and volunteers alike. Watching the ride conducted by Carla Howarth, a Trainee Coach (in addition to being Chairman of the Group), Anona commented on the infectious enthusiasm which came through in the energy and skilled activity shown by the rider/volunteer combinations.   "It is always a pleasure coming to Rea Valley as the Group is very well organised, well equipped and always full of the RDA spirit and I was pleased to upgrade Carla to Assistant Coach as well as confirm Amanda as Group Coach for another 2 years.  Succession planning is a built in aspect of the development of this Group and in many respects the Group is a model for how RDA delivers for so many".

 The Derwen Group 

has just celebrated 40 years of riding.

 The group was originally founded by Lily Morgan and Mary Clay for the students of Derwen College in May 1976. We recently held a celebration for this milestone in the Boathouse in Ellesmere for many of our past and present volunteers. Pat McGregor, our senior instructor, presented long service awards to Ann Edwards and Betty Lawrence who have both volunteered for over 25 years, Maureen Phillips for 20 years, Mary Hazzard and Ann Robinson for over 15 years. Cutting the cake we had three past volunteers, Carol Evans, Beryl Loake and Joyce Younger. The evening was a brilliant opportunity to recognise all the hard work put in by so many volunteers over the 40 years. Many thanks to them all.

Shropshire Holiday

What a pleasure to have attended our County Holiday at Clwyd Special Riding Centre yesterday.  And even more of a privilege to judge and assess riders at the end of an enjoyable few days concentrated activity with awards given out to all 7 riders every one of whom had improved over the 5 days.

Well done to all and keep up the good work  back  in your Groups.

My thanks go to the Shropshire Holiday Committee for arranging the holiday and to the stalwart volunteers who turn out year on year.  Notably, Dulcie Raynor, who travelled south from Scotland and Ann North from East of England again this year.

 A special thanks also goes to the 3 Duke of Edinburgh  award  students, Katie John, Georgina Hackney, Eve Waston  and to Alastair and Gregor Montgomery both boys are on the YELA Scheme and this is the second year we have been lucky enough to have members of North Shropshire Pony Club helping. A truly useful and mutually beneficial  association.

Thank you to all and well done.

Rea Valley are going great guns with a healthy increase in our rider numbers making for vibrant and lively sessions. 

The beneficiaries of Prescott’s closing, we now have the amazing Trudy at Berriewood and all riders have immediately fallen in love with her.

Two of our riders entered the Regional Qualifiers at Stourport and had a marvellous if not challenging day. David Allsop and Rachel Evans entered the Countryside Challenge and Horse Care with Rachel winning the Grade Two Horse Care with an extremely high score. Well Done Rachel!

As the summer break gets ever closer we’re looking forward to our Annual Summer Picnic during the first week in July when all our riders will be tucking into all sorts, as we say good bye until September.

The progress that some riders have made has been great as the new Tracker System which Rea Valley has implemented will hopefully show in due course.

Thank you to all our riders, volunteers and not forgetting the horses!!!

 Shropshire RDA

Following the sad news of Prescott’s impending closure, which will be closing the stable doors for the last time this weekend, April 2016  I am thrilled to announce that all three RDA Groups which rode out of Prescott have found new homes 

 Baschurch will be riding at Stoneyford in Annscroft; Loppington has found a new home, together with Trudi one of the RDA horses who served all groups so well, at Berriewood, Condover

 and Derwen Group is moving to Walford College Equestrian Centre.

Most riders are going with the groups to their new centres but Derwen find that they have spaces for riders and so please get in touch with me or Liz Mcbrien Chairman of Derwen Group ( if you have any riders who would like to ride at Walford college.  

Carla Howarth  

Shropshire County Chair 28/4/16

Happy New Year!

A few photos from Baschurch and Loppington RDA Group Quiz and Christmas Session in December 2015 

 RDA Shropshire Newsletter - September 2015 edition

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Shropshire RDA Pictures from 2015 

Shropshire County Fun Day 2015

Report & Results

Held on Wednesday 24 June 2015

And so another year goes by and another FunDay comes round.

After a little toing and froing the venue was finalised and Prescott did Shropshire RDA Groups proud with a very well attended Fun Day on the 24th June. Thank you to all the venue organisers for their preparation and help on the day.

Riders from 6 Groups attended and the enthusiasm was palpable and once more the day was a credit to Anona White, RDA’s County and Regional Instructor as she put her organising skills into 5th gear and did us proud once again.

Geoff Glazzard and Lucy Walker were kind enough to come and judge the Musical Ride and award the trophies of which there were many, with many proud recipients receiving them, whilst parents, family and friends joined in the celebrations…..and to all the judges without whom we couldn’t run the Fun Day.

Our Regional Chair Celia Baker came along and kept Lucy and Geoff in check over a very serious couple of hours judging the Musical Rides, which for the first time were submitted on video and a format I think which will be replicated next year.

Baschurch and Loppington triumphed overall as the first placed Group with Derwen coming a close second but all participants gave it their all and there were strong performances from all Groups in the various categories.

Rachel Evans (REA Valley) achieved an outstanding score of 86% in Class 9 Horse Care with Lauren Fitzpatrick (Bas/Lop) equalling her Regional Qualifyingachievements winning her Class in the Countryside Challenge and Lee Bars (Bas/Lop) achieving a very respectable 76.5% in Class 2 CC.

There are so many people to thank but for those not involved in any RDA Group but who gave up their day a huge vote of thank – Hannah Perrins and her team who scored admirably and to Mark for bringing Harvey who was a star.

And so most Groups are finishing for the summer and I would like to add my personal thanks to all Groups for their support in terms of County activities, running their own Groups and to the riders and horses which is why we are here.

Look forward to seeing you all at the County Meeting after the summer break - Date and Time to follow.

Carla Howarth

Shropshire County Chair

Results for 2015 Fun Day:

Shropshire Horse Care

Shropshire Countryside Challenge Class 1

Shropshire Countryside Challenge Class 2 & 3

Shropshire Countryside Challenge Judges Marking Sheet

Shropshire Musical Ride

Shropshire County Team Event



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Shropshire Groups Information 

01952 502354

Baschurch & Loppington House Group

Phone Number: 01630 685253

SY5 7NN and SY5 8AN
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Brockton Court Group

Phone Number: 01952 502354

Kemberton Stud & Riding School 

Postcode: TF11 9LY

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Derwen Group

Phone Number: 01691 238009

Postcode: SY4 2HL

Ludlow & District Group

Phone Number: 01584 810099

Postcode: SY8 2HD


Marches RDA Group

Phone Number: 07487 711340

Postcode: SY10 8LG


Perry Group

Phone Number: 01939 261147

Postcode: SY4 2HY



Rea Valley Group

Phone Number: 01743 761421

Postcode: SY5 7NN


Wolverhampton & East Shropshire Group

Phone Number: 01952 507120

Postcode: TF2 7QG



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