Five members of Richmond & Catterick Riding for the Disable Association (RDA) group have passed their grade one proficiency tests.
The riders had been practising hard ahead of a visit earlier this month from Yorkshire & Cleveland RDA County chair, Cass O’Brien.
She assessed their riding skills and, in four cases, their horse care knowledge.
Sheri Wild, from the group, said there was no question they would not make the grade.
“They were all stars; demonstrating their riding and horse care abilities.
“In addition one rider who has already achieved grade four proficiency received a surprise Endeavour Award as she works toward competing in next year’s RDA Dressage competitions.
“We#d like to say congratulations to each and every rider for achieving their goal. It was cakes and sweets all round afterwards.”
Sheri said the riders relied on the support of the group’s volunteers.
“Without them nothing would be achieved. Naturally we are always looking for more help both for one or all of our three Wednesday sessions and of course our one hour Saturday afternoon session.”
Anyone who would like to know more about volunteering can email Sheri at firstname.lastname@example.org