Riding for the Disabled members compete at regional qualifier

From left, Jan Phillips, Morgan Thornton, Sheri Wild, Chelsea Tiley, Angie Staples.

The Richmond and Catterick Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group are celebrating excellent results at the RDA dressage regional qualifier.

The group had three riders entered, Chelsea Tiley, Morgan Thornton and Sam Dowson, and all three attained place rosettes in their respective classes, despite not qualifying for the national championships.

Sam rode her own horse Storm and was placed sixth in her ID walk, trot and canter class, riding independently.

Morgan had never before competed in an RDA competition. She came fifth in her ID walk and trot class, again riding independently.

Chelsea, who is visually impaired and had never done dressage before, achieved fourth place in her lead intro test 4 walk and trot.

Sheri Wild, RDA volunteer, said: “As first-time novices, both Chelsea and Morgan had practised hard before the qualifiers and their tenacity and determination was amply demonstrated by their calm, composed ‘can do’ approach on the day.

“We’re all still riding on cloud nine. The girls have been overwhelmed by their achievements and are determined to compete again next year.

“The most satisfying aspect from my point of view is just how they took on this challenge and conquered it in such an outstanding manner.

“To me this demonstrates the underlying value of Riding for the Disabled; that ‘can do’ attitude of disabled riders and dedicated volunteers working together to achieve goals small and large.”

The riders were assisted by a team of dedicated volunteers including Angie Staples, Jan Phillips and Sheri Wild.

The group has also thanked Lacie Hawkes, of Catterick Saddle Club, for  turning out Lily, transporting her to Northallerton Equestrian Centre and providing equine assistance on the day.