Richmond & Catterick RDA Group rider competes at national championships

RDA rider Alison Chubb in action.

When Alison Chubb, who rides with Richmond & Catterick RDA Group, gained a first place in the Countryside Challenge at Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) regional qualifiers earlier this year she was speechless with excitement as the win sealed her place at the prestigious RDA National Championships.

Alison suffers from multiple sclerosis. Despite the debilitating nature of this condition, she continues to demonstrate the determined can do spirit of all RDA participants.

“Qualifying for the RDA National Championships was a tremendous achievement for Alison,” said group coach Sheri Wild.

“It was also a great thrill for all of us, especially this year.”

2019 marks both the 50th Anniversary of Riding for the Disabled Association, and the 25th year of the RDA National Championships.

Celebrations marking these milestones were in full swing throughout the three-day RDA National Championships.

This took place at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire on July 12 to 14 with the opening day attended by RDA president, HRH The Princess Royal.

Alison was one of hundreds of participants who came from across the UK to demonstrate their skills and abilities and compete in events including carriage driving, Countryside Challenge, dressage, show-jumping and vaulting.

The journey to Hartpury meant a round trip of more than 400 miles from North Yorkshire for Alison’s two Richmond & Catterick RDA volunteers.

“We were very fortunate to be supported by a travel grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery and can’t thanks the players of PPL enough for their help,” said Sheri.

Alison finished eighth with a creditable score of 72.5.

Richmond & Catterick RDA relies on voluntary help, donations, grants and legacies to continue to provide the enjoyment, empowering sense of pride and achievement, and the unequalled therapeutic benefits of horse riding to its disabled participants.

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